Endless Numbers app review

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Regular readers of this blog will recognize the name Originator — I’m a big fan of the developer’s Endless Alphabet and Endless Reader apps. Endless Numbers (Originator, March 2014) continues this great series of concept-learning apps. The app opens with an image of a Ferris wheel, full of the now-familiar cute monster characters. Each number-labeled […]

World Vegetarian Day reading

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Today is World Vegetarian Day! (High-five to all my fellow veggies out there!) These veg-approved books — some classics, some brand new, and all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide — remind us all to be kind to all creatures (and to eat our vegetables). Any favorites you would add? Don’t miss author […]

Garth Nix on Clariel

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In the September/October 2014 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Katie Bircher asked Garth Nix about Clariel, the long-awaited prequel to his high fantasy trilogy Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen. Read the review here. Katie Bircher: Do you think the walker chooses the path, or the path the walker? Which is it in Clariel’s case? Garth Nix: This […]

Review of Clariel

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Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix Middle School, High School    Harper/HarperCollins    383 pp. 10/14    978-0-06-156155-9    $18.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-06-221680-9    $10.99 Six centuries before the events of Sabriel (rev. 1/97), Lirael (rev. 7/01), and Abhorsen (rev. 3/03), circumstances in the Old Kingdom are vastly different: the addled king refuses to rule; the Abhorsen neglects […]

Week in Review, September 22nd-26th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… The Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony and Mind the Gaps: Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium are coming up soon — register now to attend both! This week we celebrated our winners and honorees with roundups of web extras: Nonfiction: winner Steve Sheinkin (The Port Chicago 50); honorees Steve Jenkins (The Animal […]

Lucky Day: An I Hunt Killers Prequel e-book review

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I’ve been reviewing Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers trilogy (I Hunt Killers, Game) for the Magazine and am about to start reading the just-released final volume, Blood of My Blood. So I was very excited to get my hands on Lucky Day: An I Hunt Killers Prequel by Barry Lyga (Little, Brown, April 2014), one […]

Banned Books Week 2014

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It’s Banned Books Week! From The American Library Association’s website: “Each year, the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information.” Based on 307 […]

Week in Review, September 15th-19th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Marla Frazee Talks with Roger about The Farmer and the Clown (outtake — “Marla Frazee, wipe that smile off your face!”) If I Stay movie review Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki; illus. by Qin Leng Fiction: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by […]

Boston Teen Author Festival turns 3!

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Emerson College students Renee Combs and Marisa Finkelstein (both former Horn Book interns, might I add) founded the Boston Teen Author Festival in 2012 as a smallish signing-and-panel event dedicated to “embracing YA.” Baby, look at you now: for its third year, BTAF will feature an unbelievable twenty-four guest YA authors from the Boston area, […]

Week in Review, September 8th-12th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… September’s Notes from the Horn Book: five questions for Christine Heppermann, YA girls on the edge, picture book sequels, primary nature nonfiction, and middle-grade friendship stories September children’s literature events Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Draw! by Raúl Colón Fiction: Beetle Boy by Margaret Willey Poetry: Poisoned Apples: Poems for […]