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Archives for February 2017

Last class | class #6, spring 2017

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead Changing friendships, New York City, time travel. Mysterious notes and everyday sixth grade life. How does Rebecca Stead weave all these strands into a coherent whole? Which catch you as a reader? In addition to your comments on our final text, please share any other thoughts as we […]

My weekend at a nerd convention

French the llama, puppy-sized elephants! Don’t forget to be awesome. If that made sense to you, you might be a Nerdfighter. If it didn’t, here, have a rabbit hole. And another. And another. If it still doesn’t make sense to you, have an entry point: Basically, the community of Nerdfighters, or Nerdfighteria, formed around the […]

Review of The House of Months and Years

The House of Months and Years by Emma Trevayne Intermediate, Middle School    Simon    274 pp. 2/17    978-1-4814-6255-6    $16.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-4814-6257-0    $10.99 After the tragic deaths of her aunt and uncle, Amelia and her parents move out of their own home and in with Amelia’s orphaned cousins. Nudiustertian House (nudiustertian meaning “relating to the […]

On Hazel Rochman’s “Against Borders” (from 1995)

“Apartheid has tried to make us bury our books. The Inquisition and the Nazis burned books. Slaves in the United States were forbidden to read books. From Latin America to Eastern Europe, they’ve trashed books. But the stories are still here. I believe that the best books can make a difference in building community.” In […]

Review of You DON’T Want a Unicorn

You DON’T Want a Unicorn by Ame Dyckman; illus. by Liz Climo Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp. 2/17    978-0-316-34347-3    $16.99    g Dyckman and Climo’s tongue-in-cheek exposé reveals the “reality” of life with a unicorn. And the truth is a lot less wonderful than pro-unicorn propaganda (magic! rainbows! glitter!) would have you believe. The story begins […]

“All YA Need Is Love” panel

On the heels of Valentine’s Day, I attended an event sponsored by the Boston Teen Author Festival aptly called “All YA Need is Love.” The panel, which discussed all kinds of love in YA fiction, featured Kim Savage, author of After the Woods and Beautiful Broken Girls; Rebecca Maizel, author of Between Us and the […]

Week in Review, February 20th – 24th

This week on hbook.com… Black History Month, Week 4 The Horn Book celebrates BGHB @ 50, beginning with Gregory Maguire’s look at Unleaving by Jill Paton Walsh (from the March/April 2017 Horn Book Magazine) Tom Angleberger Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: A Perfect Day by Lane Smith Fiction: History Is All You […]

Black History Month, Week 4

Throughout February, we’re celebrating Black History Month by highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field. Look for the social media tag #HBBlackHistoryMonth17 on Facebook.com/TheHornBook and @HornBook. This week’s articles: Profile of 1977 Newbery Medal winner Mildred D. Taylor […]

Children’s Books Boston “A Midwinter Night’s Fantasy Panel” recap

Dragons are people, too. Or at least, it’s possible to put so much thought into them as characters that they might as well be. This was just one takeaway from Children’s Books Boston’s “A Midwinter Night’s Fantasy Panel,” in which our own Martha V. Parravano moderated a discussion between authors Kristin Cashore and Tui T. […]

Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival app review

In Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival (Move On Pluto, January 2017; iOS only), a bespectacled boy named Max wakes up to discover that his dog, Percival, is missing. He enlists the aid of his adventurous friend, Meredith, to search for Percival. Meredith, dressed in a Robin Hood cloak and cap and carrying a […]