Russell Perry is an editorial intern at The Horn Book, Inc.

About Russell Perry

Review of The Children of the King

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The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    266 pp. 3/14    978-0-7636-6735-1    $16.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-7636-7042-9    $16.99 Continuing her string of novels exploring the effects of war on innocents (The Silver Donkey, rev. 9/06; The Midnight Zoo, rev. 9/11), Hartnett’s latest book tackles the home front. In the early days […]

Follow the Golden rules

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Now that 2014 is here, many people are thinking about those New Year’s resolutions. Some are turning to self-help books (or parodies of them) for advice. For the children’s book lover, Diane Muldrow’s Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book (Golden Books, September 2013) stands out. Muldrow, editorial director of […]

Ender’s Game, abridged

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On November 1st, the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi novel Ender’s Game (Summit and OddLot) opened to mostly positive critical response and a $28 million domestic box office take. For the most part, the film succeeds as a condensed adaptation, even though it lacks some of the philosophical punch of the novel and […]

Smugglers, secrets, and the Sasanach

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Combine the words “historical,” “fiction,” and “smugglers” in the same sentence, and most people immediately think of buccaneers and tropical seas. But as Morgan Llywelyn shows in Cave of Secrets (O’Brien Press/Dufour Editions, June 2013), smuggling was also a way of life for ordinary people living under British rule in seventeenth-century Ireland. Set in the […]

Beat the heat with a wintry read

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There’s something to be said for reading seasonal books as the year goes on, but it’s also fun to mix and match with abandon. Take, for instance, John Smelcer’s novel Lone Wolves (Leapfrog Press, September 2013), which proved an entertaining escape from the summer heat to a frozen Alaskan winter. Sixteen-year-old Deneena “Denny” Yazzie feels […]