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The Farmer and the Clown

Things are beginning to heat up. Mock Caldecotts are being decided; best-of-year lists continue to be released; over at Fuse #8, Betsy Bird has made her final predictions. It's time to talk about a book that's been one of my favorites all fall: … [Read More...]

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Everything must change

I was in New York last week to catch up with publishers, Rockefeller Center, and theater. We saw two musicals, Side Show and On the Town (thumbs up for both) and the stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Lizzie Skurnick

Since 2013, Lizzie Skurnick Books (LSB; an imprint of Ig Publishing) has been handpicking and reissuing "the very best in young adult literature, from the classics of the 1930s and 1940s to the social novels of the 1970s and 1980s." The list gained a … [Read More...]

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Chanukah at the Chorn Book

"Oh Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah / Come eat the menorah..." The Festival of Lights begins at sundown tomorrow, Tuesday, December 16. Here are some recent Hanukkah-themed picture books to enjoy (by candlelight?). Reviews are from The Horn Book Magazine's … [Read More...]

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Curious

Everything must change

I was in New York last week to catch up with publishers, Rockefeller Center, and theater. We saw two musicals, Side Show and On the Town (thumbs up for both) and the stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time … [Read More...]

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Look! Up in the sky! It’s…Super Roger!

This week Roger talked with living-comics-legend Stan Lee about his new book Zodiac. That made us think of Roger as a superhero: his bow tie doubles as a boomerang! to chase down bad-guys! and retrieve books off high library shelves! It also made us … [Read More...]

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We need diverse books because of Ferguson

I have no idea what actually happened between Mike Brown and Darren Wilson in those unfortunate moments — and neither do you. Some people lie. Some cops lie. Evidence can be portrayed or interpreted in multiple ways. Let's stop pretending that we (or … [Read More...]

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The Farmer and the Clown

Things are beginning to heat up. Mock Caldecotts are being decided; best-of-year lists continue to be released; over at Fuse #8, Betsy Bird has made her final predictions. It's time to talk about a book that's been one of my favorites all fall: … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

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Review of The Next Wave

The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of 
the Oceans [Scientists in the Field] by Elizabeth Rusch Intermediate, Middle School    Houghton    79 pp. 10/14    978-0-544-09999-9    $18.99 This entry in the excellent Scientists in the Field series describes a critical engineering challenge: the efficient capture of the energy produced by ocean waves and its conversion to electricity. Figuring out how to transfer wave action into energy without either losing collection equipment to … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer app review

Developer Sago Sago's Sago Mini series offers exploration-based game apps (including Forest Flyer, Space Explorer, and Road Trip) for toddlers and early primary users. Explore an ocean full of funny, often fantastical surprises as a cute little fish in Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer (2013). The app opens with a view of the ocean floor, where the fishie (identified as "Fins" on Sago Sago's website, although the app itself is wordless) lives in a sandcastle. Tap to sound the castle's shell-horn … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

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Review of The Next Wave

The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of 
the Oceans [Scientists in the Field] by Elizabeth Rusch Intermediate, Middle School    Houghton    79 pp. 10/14    978-0-544-09999-9    … [Read More...]

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Review of Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan High School    Algonquin    296 pp. 10/14    978-1-61620-284-2    $16.95    g e-book ed.  978-1-61620-435-8    $16.95 Sixteen-year-old … [Read More...]

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Chanukah at the Chorn Book

"Oh Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah / Come eat the menorah..." The Festival of Lights begins at sundown tomorrow, Tuesday, December 16. Here are some recent Hanukkah-themed picture books to enjoy (by … [Read More...]

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Review of Blizzard

Blizzard by John Rocco; illus. by the author Primary    Disney-Hyperion    48 pp. 11/14    978-1-4231-7865-1    $17.99 Rocco presents a story of New England’s blizzard of 1978, based on his own … [Read More...]

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Review of My Grandfather’s Coat

My Grandfather’s Coat retold by Jim Aylesworth; 
illus. by Barbara McClintock Preschool, Primary    Scholastic    32 pp. 11/14    978-0-439-92545-7    $17.99 Revisiting the Yiddish folksong … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

2014 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium timeline

On Saturday, October 11th, we held our fourth annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium with the theme “Mind the Gaps: Books for All Young Readers.” Miss the fun? We’ve compiled a timeline of the day’s … [Read More...]

2014 BGHB ceremony timeline

Did you miss the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards on Friday, October 10th? Just want to relive the excitement of the ceremony? We’ve compiled a timeline of the evening’s highlights based on tweets by our … [Read More...]

2014 BGHB and HBAS photos

We had a most excellent -- and thought provoking -- time at the 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Mind the Gaps: Books for All Young Readers. Eloquent … [Read More...]

Interviews

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Five questions for Lizzie Skurnick

Since 2013, Lizzie Skurnick Books (LSB; an imprint of Ig Publishing) has been handpicking and reissuing "the very best in young adult literature, from the classics of the 1930s and 1940s to the social … [Read More...]

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Liniers on What There Is Before There Is Anything There

In the November/December 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, editor Martha Parravano asked Argentinian cartoonist Liniers about the inspiration for his "deeply unsettling" but "bravely existential" … [Read More...]

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Steampunk queen: An interview with Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger introduced readers to her alternate Victorian London — chock-full of steampunk technology and supernatural characters — in 2009 with Soulless, the first volume of her five-book adult … [Read More...]

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Cece Bell on El Deafo

In the November/December 2014 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Deirdre Baker asked Cece Bell about her graphic novel memoir El Deafo — which is told entirely with anthropomorphic bunnies. Read the starred … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Sharon G. Flake

Is Mr. Davenport a vampire, as Octobia May insists? The answer is not so cut-and-dried in Sharon G. Flake’s Unstoppable Octobia May, a historical-fiction-cum-mystery-novel with more than a dash of … [Read More...]

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