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Archives for May 2016

Nonfiction Reviews of 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Nonfiction Winner Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret 
History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin Middle School, High School   Roaring Brook   361 pp. 9/15   978-1-59643-952-8   $19.99   g Without a wasted word or scene, and with the timing and prowess of a writer of thrillers, Sheinkin takes on a spectacularly complex story — and […]

Fiction Reviews of 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Fiction Winner The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge Middle School, High School    Amulet/Abrams    378 pp. 4/16    978-1-4197-1895-3    $17.95 Everything in this audacious novel is on the cusp or in limbo, setting up delicious tensions and thematic riches. The time is nineteenth-century England just after Darwin’s theory of evolution has thrown the scientific world into turmoil; […]

Picture Book Reviews of 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Picture Book Winner Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill; 
illus. by Francis Vallejo Intermediate    Candlewick    54 pp. 3/16    978-0-7636-6954-6    $18.99    g On August 12, 1958, fifty-plus jazz musicians, famous and emerging, gathered together in front of a brownstone in Harlem for a group photo shoot. The resulting photograph has become […]

Books in bloom

It’s almost summer! The weather is getting warmer, the daydreams are kicking in, and the flowers are blooming — outside and on YA covers. Take a look:    

Hbook Podcast 1.14 – Special Guest Megan Dowd Lambert

Note! Roger and Siân will be at the Horn Book booth at the Hubbub Festival on Saturday, June 4th from 9 am to 11 am. Come visit us! And now, your regularly scheduled programming… Podcast the fourteenth in which Siân and Roger talk with author, professor, mother, and generally awesome woman Megan Dowd Lambert. Megan’s […]

Review of Draw the Line

Draw the Line by Laurent Linn; illus. by the author High School    McElderry    520 pp. 5/16    978-1-4814-5280-9    $17.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-4814-5282-3    $10.99 Adrian’s junior year in high school is not going well. A self-loathing closeted teen stuck in small-town Texas, he’s surrounded by “Bubbas” whose primary values are football and beer. Although he finds […]

Review of Chicken in Space

Chicken in Space by Adam Lehrhaupt; 
illus. by Shahar Kober Preschool, Primary    Harper/HarperCollins    40 pp. 5/16    978-0-06-236412-8    $17.99 Launching with a dramatic and intriguing start (“Zoey wasn’t like the other chickens. She had dreams. She had a plan. She had a pig”), this farm-fresh picture book trails Zoey as she boldly marches through the pages […]

Reviews of Louise Erdrich’s Birchbark House series

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich ; illus. by the author Intermediate     Hyperion     235 pp. 5/99     0-7868-0300-2      $14.99     g Library edition ISBN 0-7868-2241-4      $15.49 With a title and structure that inescapably recall Laura Ingalls Wilder’s family stories, Louise Erdrich here paints a detailed portrait of Ojibwa life in the mid-nineteenth century. Seven-year-old Omakayas […]

Week in Review, May 23th-27th

This week on hbook.com… The countdown has begun! 2016’s Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners will be announced — via video for the first time! — by Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Boston Globe, at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 2nd From the May/June 2016 Special Issue […]

Board Book Roundup: Spring 2016 Edition

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. We need diverse board books, too! Start your child’s […]