About Jonathan Hunt

Jonathan Hunt is a school librarian for the Modesto City Schools District in California.

Candace Fleming on The Family Romanov

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In the July/August 2014 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Jonathan Hunt asked author Candace Fleming about her intimate portrait of the last Imperial family of Russia, The Family Romanov. Read the starred review here. Jonathan Hunt: What was the most interesting thing you had to leave out of the book? Candace Fleming: So many poignant moments […]

Review of The Family Romanov

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The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and 
the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming Middle School, High School    
Schwartz & Wade/Random    287 pp. 7/14    978-0-375-86782-8    $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-375-96782-5    $21.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-375-89864-8    $10.99 Marrying the intimate family portrait of Heiligman’s Charles and Emma (rev. 1/09) with the politics and intrigue of Sheinkin’s Bomb […]

Review of Rules of Summer

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Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan; illus. by the author Primary     Levine/Scholastic     56 pp. 5/14     978-0-545-63912-5     $18.99     g “This is what I learned last summer: Never leave a red sock on the clothesline. Never eat the last olive at a party. Never drop your jar.” The narrator enumerates a […]

Review of The Boundless

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The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel Intermediate, Middle School    Simon    332 pp. 4/14    978-1-4424-7288-4    $15.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-4424-7290-7    $10.99 Will Everett’s father has risen high in the railroad company. He’ll be driving the Boundless, the longest train ever, on her maiden voyage, and among its 987 cars is the heavily guarded funeral car of railroad […]

In defense of graphic novels: a guest post by Jonathan Hunt

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Earlier this season, Robin tackled the definition of a picture book (as contrasted with an illustrated book) and then went on to consider the proliferation of graphic novel elements in picture books. I’d like to revisit these issues, but this time in light of the fact that this year has produced the most amazing crop […]

Review of The Lord of Opium

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The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer High School     Jackson/Atheneum     412 pp. 9/13     978-1-4424-8254-8     $17.99 g e-book ed. 978-1-4424-8256-2     $12.99 With the death of El Patrón at the end of The House of the Scorpion (rev. 11/02), Matt, the drug lord’s fourteen-year-old clone, has not only been reclassified as a human but has […]

The Amorphous Genre

Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

The Common Core State Standards mandate that, by fourth grade, students will read a balanced ratio of fifty percent fiction and fifty percent nonfiction for school reading assignments. As students age, this ratio gradually begins to favor nonfiction until, by twelfth grade, they will be expected to read seventy percent nonfiction and thirty percent fiction. […]

Review of Days of Blood & Starlight

Days of Blood and Starlight

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor High School    Little, Brown    517 pp. 11/12    978-0-316-13397-5    $18.99 Star-crossed lovers Karou and Akiva, torn apart by unforgivable betrayal at the end of Daughter of Smoke & Bone (rev. 11/11), are now engaged in the renewed war between the chimaera and the seraphim. Both are repulsed by […]

Andrea Davis Pinkney on Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

Andrea Davis Pinkney

In the January/February 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Jonathan Hunt asks Andrea Davis Pinkney about selecting subjects for Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America. Read the review of Hand in Hand here. Jonathan Hunt: How did you approach the difficult task of narrowing your list? Can you tell us who almost made […]

Review of Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney; 
illus. by Brian Pinkney Intermediate, Middle School    Disney-Jump at the Sun    243 pp. 10/12    978-1-4231-4257-7    $19.99 Presenting ten biographical vignettes in chronological order — Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, […]