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The Phantom of the Opera is there…


…inside our office! Editorial intern Molly accessorized her already-adorbs Halloween #OOTD with a mask that just arrived to promote A. G. Howard’s upcoming Phantom-inspired YA novel RoseBlood (Abrams/Amulet, January 2017). Time for a Halloween singalong at our desks, I think!

Week in Review, October 24th-28th

Week in Review

This week on… From the November/December 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Decolonizing Nostalgia: When Historical Fiction Betrays Readers of Color” by Sarah Hannah Gómez October’s Nonfiction Notes newsletter: presidential biographies, domestic animals, natural resources at risk, personal and global economics, blood and gore (for Halloween!) Melissa Sweet Talks with Roger Reviews of […]

Week in Review: October 17th-21st

Week in Review

This week on… We had a blast at Boston Book Festival — and we’ve got the pics to prove it! See any familiar faces? Over on Twitter, author/illustrator Tom Lichtenheld has some advice for the presidential candidates… Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Return by Aaron Becker — plus a Q&A for the author/illustrator Fiction: […]

Week in Review, October 10th-14th

Week in Review

This week on… We’ll be at Boston Book Festival tomorrow! Stop by booth #61 and say hi — and pick up Horn Book swag! Mag editor Elissa Gershowitz will also be hosting Jon Klassen’s children’s lit keynote at 10:30 am. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the opening of Bertha Mahony Miller’s Bookshop […]

Sago Mini Babies Dress Up


Sago Mini Babies Dress Up (Sago Sago, August 2016; iOS only) invites preschoolers to play dress-up with four cute — and familiar to Sago Sago fans — animal characters. The app opens with bird Robin, bunny Jack, cat Jinja, and dog Harvey sitting on porch steps. Given that it’s close to Halloween, it’s just slightly […]

October’s Notes from the Horn BooOOooK


October’s Halloweenish Notes from the Horn Book is bat-winging its way to inboxes right now! We start things off on a serious note with 5Q for Skila Brown on her starred verse novel To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party, plus a selection of historical horror stories for […]

Ghosts and witches and wizards, oh my!


What better time of year to curl up with a creepy book and a cup of cocoa to ward off the supernatural shivers? These middle-school novels provide just the right balance of adventure and eeriness — along with a few magical villains (or are they?) — for deliciously spooky fall reads. Set in late-nineteenth-century imperial […]

Monster mash


What goes bump in the night? Maybe it’s a monster, but maybe it’s a new friend — or maybe it’s both! These monstrously silly picture books are perfect treats for a Halloween story time. In Monica Brown’s Marisol McDonald and the Monster / Marisol McDonald y el monstruo, the little-girl protagonist explores words beginning with […]

Week in Review, October 3rd-7th

Week in Review

This week on… Last Friday we celebrated the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony, followed by the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium on Saturday. We had a fantastic time! Thanks to all who attended; mark your calendars for October 6th and 7th for next year’s events. Highlights from the 2016 BGHB/HBAS celebration: BGHB and HBAS […]

Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science 
from Sherlock Holmes to DNA


Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science 
from Sherlock Holmes to DNA by Bridget Heos Middle School, High School    
Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    259 pp. 10/16    978-0-06-238762-2    $18.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-06-238764-6    $9.99 Each of eleven chapters chronologically traces the development of one branch of forensic science and the experts who practice it. Methods […]