Beach reads for teens

37 Things I Love

With friendship drama, summer flings, exotic locales, and even suspense, these novels offer teen readers of all tastes compelling summertime diversions. Kekla Magoon’s 37 Things I Love (in no particular order) takes place during the last few days of sophomore year before summer vacation begins for Ellis. Along with typical high school issues—friends, dating, etc.—Ellis […]

Review of Boy21

Boy 21

Boy21 by Matthew Quick High School    Little, Brown    252 pp. 3/12    978-0-316-12797-4    $17.99 When Russ moves to decrepit, race-torn, Irish-mob-ruled Bellmont after his parents’ brutal murder, the school’s basketball coach (a family friend) turns to team leader Finley to help him acclimate, but also to convince former-phenom Russ to play ball again; since the tragedy […]

From The Guide: Sports Books

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Summer is the season for recreational reading, outdoor activities, fun, sports, and, this year, the Summer Olympics. In The Horn Book Guide, there’s never a shortage of sports-themed books, from high-interest bait for reluctant readers to entertaining diversions for voracious ones. The following sports-books-done-right for upper-elementary and middle-grade readers are all recommended in recent or […]

Middle-grade mysteries

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The following novels show that puzzles can be solved by detectives both seasoned and green. These four sleuth stories — action-packed, suspenseful, and sometimes goofy — will lure in mystery-lovers. Caroline Lawrence’s The Case of the Deadly Desperados is a bang-up series starter told in flashback by young P.K. Pinkerton. P.K.’s story opens when a […]

BGHB submissions deadline coming up

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The submission deadline for 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards is less than a month away and the judges are eager to see more of the best that’s out there. Books must be published in the United States between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012 and will not be accepted after May 15. Head to […]

Juicy history

Scandalous! 50 Shocking Events You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends)

From the celebrity dirt of tabloids to government conspiracies, crimes that shook the world, and ethical outrages, Hallie Fryd’s Scandalous!: 50 Shocking Events You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends) (Zest Books, February) offers a delicious dish of infamous gossip from twentieth century for rumor-loving teens. The fifty highlighted events, presented in […]

Turn of the (last) century

Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917

Two horrific tragedies and an infamous hoax: these nonfiction titles bring headline-worthy events from nearly one hundred years ago to new life for contemporary readers. In Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917, Sally M. Walker sets the stage with a brief history of Halifax, Nova Scotia; a summary of World War I; an […]

Summer trend watch

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I can’t believe that I’m already sorting through mounds of July and August galleys for the Spring 2013 Guide issue. I’m also floored that heart-shaped glasses are apparently this summer’s hottest trend. Don’t believe it either? These two nearly identical summer ARC covers might convince you:     Personally, I’m still a cat-eye kind of […]

On black history

We March

A picture book tribute to a seminal event in the civil rights story, a collection of poems about the Underground Railroad, and a nonfiction account of the civil rights era for older readers: three recent books pay homage to the struggles and triumphs of African Americans — just in time for honoring black history next […]

Review of Why We Broke Up

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler; illus. by Maira Kalman High School    Little, Brown    355 pp. 12/11    978-0-316-12725-7    $19.99 Min and Ed’s differences are profound — most obviously, she’s a quirky aspiring filmmaker and he’s a popular jock. Readers see immediately, though, that it’s not simply these practical differences that caused their breakup, the […]