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Reviews of 2016 Mind the Gap Award winners

2016 Mind the Gap Awards

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. Our annual Mind the Gap Awards pay tribute to our favorite books that didn’t win. Here’s how we reviewed our 2016 winners. The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary   Knopf   40 pp. 1/15   978-0-375-85860-4   $16.99   g e-book ed. 978-0-307-98242-1   $10.99 […]

Five questions for Lauren Wolk

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When twelve-year-old Annabelle’s small town is terrorized by a series of vicious attacks, many townsfolk blame World War I veteran and vagabond Toby. Only Annabelle knows that new girl Betty is actually responsible for the cruelty. Adult author and poet Lauren Wolk makes her (stunning!) middle-grade debut with the powerful historical novel Wolf Hollow (Dutton, […]

Books mentioned in the July 2016 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Lauren Wolk Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, Dutton, 10–13 years. The past made personal Brave like My Brother by Marc Tyler Nobleman, Scholastic, 7–10 years. Makoons [Birchbark House] by Louise Erdrich, HarperCollins/Harper, 8–11 years. Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm, Random, 8–11 years. Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm, Random, 8–11 […]

2016 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn’t win at ALA

2016 Mind the Gap Awards

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. The books that didn’t win. The dog ate your medal The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach Dancing in the dark The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma Lost in space It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee Down with the ship Challenger Deep by Neal […]

Books mentioned in the July 2016 issue of What Makes a Good…?

What Makes a Good Page-Turner? Primary Fiction and Nonfiction Broach, Elise  James to the Rescue! [Masterpiece Adventures] Illustrated by Kelly Murphy 104 pp.     Holt/Ottaviano     2015     ISBN 978-1-62779-316-2 Ebook ISBN 978-1-62779-317-9 Cronin, Doreen  The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Misadventure [Chicken Squad] Illustrated by Kevin Cornell 103 pp.     Atheneum     2014     ISBN 978-1-4424-9679-8 Ebook […]

Recommended Page-Turners: Middle School Fiction and Nonfiction

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Bancks, Tristan  On the Run 229 pp.     Farrar/Ferguson     2015     ISBN 978-0-374-30153-8 On the run from police, twelve-year-old Ben’s parents leave him and younger sister Olive on their own in a cabin in the Australian bush. Ben finds a copy of My Side of the Mountain, appropriate — and useful — reading since he and Olive […]

Recommended Page-Turners: Intermediate Fiction and Nonfiction

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Anderson, Jodi Lynn  My Diary from the Edge of the World 421 pp.     Simon/Aladdin     2015     ISBN 978-1-4424-8387-3 Ebook ISBN 978-1-4424-8389-7 Twelve-year-old Gracie’s world is almost like ours — except that the planet is flat, dragons exist, and poltergeists stopped the Industrial Revolution. When the arrival of a Dark Cloud seems to portend her younger brother […]

Recommended Page-Turners: Primary Fiction and Nonfiction

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Broach, Elise  James to the Rescue! 104 pp.     Holt/Ottaviano     2015     ISBN 978-1-62779-316-2 Ebook ISBN 978-1-62779-317-9 Illustrated by Kelly Murphy. Masterpiece Adventures series. Beetle Marvin is going collecting in the Pompadays’ apartment, where the beetles live behind a kitchen cupboard. When Uncle Albert is accidentally cut by a pair of nail scissors, Marvin enlists the help […]

Recommended Page-Turners: High School Fiction and Nonfiction

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Bow, Erin  The Scorpion Rules 368 pp.     McElderry     2015     ISBN 978-1-4814-4271-8 Ebook ISBN 978-1-4814-4273-2 Pan Polar Confederacy princess Greta and the world’s other royal children are held hostage: if a leader goes to war, his or her child is killed; if that child survives to eighteen, he or she is released. There’s a welcome spin […]

Five questions for Elizabeth Wein

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As two-time Boston Globe–Horn Book honoree Elizabeth Wein reminds us below, a page-turner isn’t necessarily about plot twists and cliffhangers. For more books you can’t put down, see our 2016 Summer Reading recommendations. 1. Your books give readers the impulse to both turn pages quickly (what’s going to happen?!) and linger on the descriptions. How […]