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

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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

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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 […]

2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

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The 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards have been 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. Click the video above to watch! You can find the press release and Horn Book reviews of the winners here. […]

War and peace

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Anderson, M. T.  Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad Middle school, high school     424 pp.     Candlewick This ambitious work encompasses the life of composer Shostakovich, the early political history of the U.S.S.R., and the nation’s suffering during WWII. Initially inspired by the Bolshevik Revolution, Shostakovich’s music changed […]

Books mentioned in the May 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Art appreciation Benson, Kathleen  Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews Illustrated by Benny Andrews Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Clarion     2015 Trade ISBN 978-0-544-10487-7 Brooks, Susie  Get into Art Telling Stories Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Kingfisher/Macmillan     2015 Trade ISBN 978-0-7534-7183-8 Handler, Daniel  Girls Standing on Lawns Illustrated by Maira Kalman Middle […]

Activism

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Bass, Hester  Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama Gr. K–3      32 pp.     Candlewick Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. In this welcome story of nonviolent protests in the early 1960s, Jim Crow–era South, black residents of Huntsville, Alabama, organize Blue Jean Sunday — a boycott of shops that sell traditional expensive Easter outfits; […]

Wildlife rescue

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Antle, Bhagavan and Thea Feldman  The Tiger Cubs & the Chimp: The True Story of How Anjana the Chimp Helped Raise Two Baby Tigers Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Holt Photographs by Barry Bland. This book relates the story of Mitra and Shiva, two white tiger cubs raised in a wildlife preserve in South Carolina by […]

Inventions and inventors

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Bailey, Diane  How the Light Bulb Changed History Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Bjornlund, Lydia  How the Refrigerator Changed History Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Hand, Carol  How the Internet Changed History Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Perdew, Laura  How the Toilet Changed History Middle school, […]

Art appreciation

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Benson, Kathleen  Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Clarion Illustrated by Benny Andrews. Born in 1930 in Georgia, Andrews defied social expectations by leaving the farm, attending high school, earning a BFA degree, and becoming a renowned painter in an art world still unwelcoming to artists […]

From the Guide: Picture Books in Translation

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In her article “Translator: Trafficking Between Cultures,” Elena Abós compares translators to travel guides, successfully delivering a book from one culture to another. With universal relevance and appeal, the following picture books — all originally published in languages other than English and all recommended by The Horn Book Guide — exemplify sound “culture trafficking.” —Katrina […]