Katie Bircher

About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, assistant editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College.

Week in Review, April 14th-18th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… April’s Notes from the Horn Book: Five questions for Cynthia Leitich Smith, YA fantasy sequels, picture books about the big city, reading for National Poetry Month, and intermediate books about wartime Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood; illus. by Claudia Rueda Fiction: Feral […]

A tisket, a tasket, books for Easter baskets

Little White Rabbit

Spring hasn’t fully sprung quite yet in Boston — we got snow overnight earlier this week! But with Easter this weekend, we know it’s coming (eventually). Here are four springy board books to tuck into a little one’s Easter basket. The titular bunny of Kevin Henkes’s Little White Rabbit has limitless curiosity and imagination to […]

Endless Reader app review

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From Originator (formerly Callaway Digital Arts), developer of the fantastic Endless Alphabet, comes Endless Reader (November 2013). Endless Reader closely follows the format and style of the previous app. A narrator speaks a sight word — such as all, eat, on, up, or you — as it appears in lowercase letters on the screen. A […]

April Notes on the way

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Vampires, werepeople, and yetis — oh my! In this month’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter, I get to ask Cynthia Leitich Smith five questions about her (ahem) tantalizing new series Feral, a spin-off to her Tantalize quartet. Other goodies in this issue: • more YA fantasy sequels • picture books about the big city […]

Desperately seeking stories

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As de facto administrative assistant for the office, I’ve been hearing the name “UNICCO” (the facilities management company here at the Simmons College campus) quite a bit as we get settled into our new space. And it makes me think of nothing so much as… That is, The Fantastic Adventures of Unico, an early anime […]

Five questions for Cynthia Leitich Smith

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Cynthia Leitich Smith’s urban fantasy series the Tantalize quartet did indeed tantalize readers with its vampire-themed eatery Sanguini’s: A Very Rare Restaurant (and, of course, the vampires and other supernatural beings involved therein). Her latest novel, Feral Curse (Candlewick, 13–16 years), is the second book in the Tantalize spinoff series Feral, which brings various species […]

Review of Feral Curse

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Feral Curse [Feral] by Cynthia Leitich Smith High School    Candlewick    259 pp. 2/14    978-0-7636-5910-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-7636-7040-5    $17.99 Secret werecat Kayla chooses Valentine’s Day to reveal her true nature to her boyfriend, Ben. He reacts badly, to put it mildly: he runs away from Kayla, is hit by lightning on the antique carousel in […]

Week in Review, April 7th-11th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the May/June issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Harriet the Spy at 50 May/June starred reviews “Harriet and Me” by Ginee Seo A call for Horn Book internship applicants Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: You Can’t Have 
Too Many Friends! written and illus. by Mordicai Gerstein Fiction: More of Monkey & […]

YA fantasy you’ve been waiting for

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Every fantasy fan knows the exquisite agony of anticipating the next entry in a favorite series — particularly if that entry will be the last. These four new novels continue (and in some cases, complete) popular series. In The Cracks in the Kingdom, the follow-up to Jaclyn Moriarty‘s BGHB Fiction Award Honor book A Corner […]

Week in Review, March 31st-April 4th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Our new home at Simmons College Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: In New York, written and illus. by Marc Brown Fiction: Alien Encounter, written and illus. by Charise Mericle Harper Nonfiction: Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko; illus. by Melissa Sweet — plus a […]