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Archives for December 2014

2014 in review

Happy New Year! We hope your 2015 is full of great books (and good book discussion!). Before we ring in 2015, though, let’s take a look back at 2014 — we had a very busy year! Comment and let us know the bookish highlights of your year. ALA 2014 BGHB 2014 Blogs Read Roger Lolly’s […]

Stan Lee Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Comic-book legend Stan Lee, who turns 92 next week, makes the move into children’s books with the publication in January of his novel Zodiac, written with Stuart Moore and illustrated […]

Review of Harlem Hellfighters

Harlem Hellfighters by J. Patrick Lewis; 
illus. by Gary Kelley Intermediate, Middle School   Creative Editions   32 pp. 9/14   978-1-56846-246-2   $18.99 The story of the 15th New York National Guard, or the “Harlem Hellfighters,” an all-black regiment that joined the Great War in its final year, is a revealing lens through which to view that conflict. […]

Charlie at fifty

Veruca Salt is old enough now that she could be spoiling her own grandchildren somewhere. But she’s probably still keeping all the chocolate to herself. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory turns fifty this year, and publishers are taking notice. Original publisher Alfred A. Knopf commemorates the occasion with a formidably sized fiftieth anniversary edition with, […]

Review of Belzhar

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer High School   Dutton   264 pp. 9/14   978-0-525-42305-8   $17.99   g After her boyfriend Reeve’s death, Jam Gallahue is shipped off to The Wooden Barn, a boarding school for “emotionally fragile, highly intelligent” teens. There she’s placed in a widely coveted, extremely selective course called Special Topics in English, one of just five […]

Read good books, do good deeds

Have you ever read a book and thought to yourself, “Man, I wish this could be real?” Well, unfortunately, no one I know has ever gotten an owl-delivered acceptance letter to Hogwarts, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a little bit of the Wizarding World out here for us muggles. One of the major […]

Editorial: Why #WNDB

In this issue you’ll find “Fanfare,” The Horn Book’s selections for the best children’s and young adult books of last year. I’m happy to see so much variety among them, from a picture book about a bus driver to another about a haunted dog to a historical novel about Baba Yaga to a contemporary novel […]

Review of Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland 
Shows a Young Girl How to 
Dance like the Firebird

Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland 
Shows a Young Girl How to 
Dance like the Firebird by Misty Copeland; 
illus. by Christopher Myers Primary   Putnam   40 pp. 9/14   978-0-399-16615-0   $17.99   g Think you can simply write off celebrity books? Think again. American Ballet Theatre soloist Copeland is just as graceful with words as she is with her […]

Horn Book Magazine – January/February 2015

Table of Contents Features Horn Book Fanfare Our choices for the best books of 2014. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Gallery 2014 Celebrating the year’s winners and honor books. Columns Editorial “Why #WNDB” by Roger Sutton “We Need Diverse Books” is more than just a hashtag. A Second Look “The Planet of Junior Brown” by Barbara […]

Week in Review, December 22nd-26th

This week on hbook.com… Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: I Know an Old Lady Who 
Swallowed a Dreidel by Caryn Yacowitz; 
illus. by David Slonim Fiction: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins Nonfiction: Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from 
Airman to Castaway to Captive by Laura Hillenbrand; 
adapted by […]