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On second thought, maybe I should go for a LESS-SUBTLE HINT...
The whole thing's worth reading, but I especially got a kick out of this bit about The Giving Tree:
Those who branded Silverstein's work as unfit for children were certainly extremists, but that's not to say Uncle Shelby didn't have a dark side that could be a bit unnerving at times. There are hints of this even in The Giving Tree, which tells the story of a generous tree that repeatedly donates parts of itself to a needy boy until it's nothing more than a stump. Although the book is considered a classic today, after Silverstein finished it in 1960, it took him four years before he found anyone willing to publish it. Apparently, editors found it too depressing for kids and too simple for adults. It wasn't until his other titles started raking in the dough that Harper & Row was confident enough to give it a shot.
...I wrote aboutPremeditated, which bears a striking resemblance to the last book I wrote about for Kirkus:
Last week, I wrote about Poor Little Dead Girls, a thriller about a middle-class girl who is catapulted into Richie Rich territory via athletic scholarship. (The thriller part involves a secret society! And lots of other crazy stuff, like eugenics and blood diamonds and murrrrrderrrrr!) Totally coincidentally, today’s book, Josin L. McQuein’s Premeditated, is ALSO a thriller about a middle-class girl who enters the world of the very, very privileged. Unlike Sadie, though, Dinah isn’t remotely interested in using the prestige of her school’s name to make her way into the Ivy League. No, Dinah has finagled her way into the Eleanor Lowry School for one reason, and one reason alone: REVENGE.
So weird that I picked them up one right after the other like that!