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.

Mind builders

Children’s Books of the Year | A five-book selection of outstanding nonfiction
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 2/01/18, 04:04 pm

Our nonfiction selection committee chose five books published in 2017, in four categories: Real Lives, Real Adventure, Real Heart (a tie), and Science and Stewardship.

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Age of outrage

Children’s Books of the Year | Have diversity police created a culture of censorship?
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 2/01/18, 04:00 pm

In No Good Deed, a novel for and about teens, author Goldy Moldavsky offers a rare satiric view of political correctness through the eyes of a guileless youth attending a summer camp for social justice warriors. At Camp Save the World, campers identify themselves by their pet causes, such as Feed the Children, Feminism, Men’s Rights, and QUILTBAG.

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Home is where the love is

Children’s Books of the Year | NOVEL OF THE YEAR: A New York story about a family in Harlem and a misanthropic landlord shows the benefits of living in close quarters
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 2/01/18, 03:57 pm

The Vanderbeeker family lives in a century-old brownstone in the heart of Harlem: Papa and Mama (who are called Papa and Mama), 12-year-old twins Jessie and Isa, 9-year-old Oliver, 6-year-old Hyacinth, and 4¾-year-old Laney, along with an assortment of furry four-footed family members. As their story opens, Papa announces he has good news and bad news. First the good: “You kids all know how much Mama and I love you, right?”

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