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Starred reviews, November/December Horn Book Magazine

The following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December issue of The Horn Book Magazine:


The Money We’ll Save; by Brock Cole (Ferguson/Farrar)

Subway Story; by Julia Sarcone-Roach (Knopf)

Benjamin Bear in “Fuzzy Thinking”; by Philippe Coudray; trans. from the French by Leigh Stein; illus. by the author (Toon/Candlewick)

No Ordinary Day; by Deborah Ellis (Groundwood)

Life: An Exploded Diagram; by Mal Peet (Candlewick)

Bluefish; by Pat Schmatz (Candlewick)

The Scorpio Races; by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)

Daughter of Smoke & Bone; by Laini Taylor (Little, Brown)

America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell; by Don Brown (Flash Point/Roaring Brook)

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans; by Kadir Nelson (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)

 Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade; by Melissa Sweet (Houghton)

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. I’m really looking forward to Balloons Over Broadway, but can I gripe for a bit? I wish that publishers would remember that it takes libraries a bit of time to process and distribute books to branches before the books can be available for patrons. A Thanksgiving-ish book with a November 1 release date doesn’t allow for much time for processing and display before the patrons are more in the mood for winter holiday books (we display new books for about three months before returning them to the general collection). I’m betting that this will still have quite a bit of interest after Thanksgiving, (from everything I’ve read, it sounds like a terrific book), but it’s always greatly appreciated when holiday themed books are released in the month prior to the holiday! I do know that sometimes these things can’t be helped. I do know that this book started to receive (excellent) reviews in August from review publications, so unless I’m missing something, I don’t understand why this isn’t being released earlier. Okay, gripe over.

  2. I’m so excited to see Subway Story get a star! Julia Sarcone-Roach and I were neighbors growing up and went to high school together. It’s great to see her work getting so much love!

  3. Oh boy– a new book from Brock Cole!

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