Janie B. Cheaney

Janie is a senior writer who contributes commentary to WORLD and oversees WORLD's annual Children's Book of the Year awards. She also writes novels for young adults and authored the Wordsmith creative writing curriculum. Janie resides in rural Missouri.

Bottomed out?

Books and Movies 2006 | Many recent Young Adult novels are raunchy, but some now urge responsibility
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 7/01/06, 12:00 am

The world of Young Adult publishing stirs up at least one controversy per year, like last summer's Rainbow Party, an exploration of oral sex in high school. Earlier this year, a New York Times essay called "Wild Things" caused a minor dust-up when feminist Naomi Wolf questioned the appropriateness of three Y/A series for girls.

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To a young mother

| Don't try to change him; look instead to Him
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 5/13/06, 12:00 am

Let me guess: Ten years ago, you never expected to be where you are today. If you could have looked down the corridors of time and seen yourself with a thoughtless husband and screaming kids and a mortgage on a house filled with days too much alike-well, you might have croaked in your youthful bloom. But that's not the point. Where you are at age 29 depends mostly on circumstance. Where you are at 39 depends mostly on character.

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Walking on air

| The world can't see it, but the web beneath a Christian is stronger than steel
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 4/22/06, 12:00 am

She was busy all summer, constructing a web on the north window upstairs. Unless the sun was at exactly the right angle to gleam the gossamer threads, her structure was practically invisible and her actions mystifying. All we could see, glancing out the window, was a round body with mechanical legs, dropping, ratcheting up, running to and fro on what appeared to be thin air.

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