I had been thinking of myself as a good – or at least a decent – writer. So, ouch.
This review was published in a journal dedicated to children’s literature. It would be read by teachers and librarians – in other words, the gatekeepers responsible for choosing books to use with kids in their middle school Language Arts programs. I heard the sound of a door slamming shut.
If you’re reviewing books for kids, why not ask kids to contribute?