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Review of Thunder Boy Jr.

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Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie; 
illus. by Yuyi Morales Preschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp. 5/16    978-0-316-01372-7    $17.99    g “I HATE MY NAME!” Why, Thunder Boy Smith complains, couldn’t he have been named “Sam” like his mother (Agnes) wanted? And why does he have to share his name with his father, Thunder Boy Smith […]

East Side, West Side

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Thank you, Allie Jane Bruce, for inviting me to come tell a story last week at the Bank Street College library. It was great to TRIP TRAP TRIP TRAP over that bridge one more time. And I loved spending time with my longtime friend Richard Peck, whose new book THE BEST MAN comes out in the […]

From the Editor – April 2016

What Makes a Good...?

I can’t think of a genre that scares more book reviewers than poetry (maybe sports books). Perhaps they are afraid that some eagle-eyed reader is going to find out the reviewer doesn’t know the difference between a spondee and a dactyl, but, really, this is making the task more difficult than it needs to be. […]

Five questions for Joyce Sidman

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Today’s foremost nature poet for children, Joyce Sidman published her first lyrical, observant, and scrupulously annotated nature study in 2005, with Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems, illustrated by Beckie Prange. But Joyce is at home with all manner of subjects, with Before Morning, out this fall, about the intersection of hope, […]

Because I am not. One of your. FANS.

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In this week’s Horn Book Podcast, Siân talks with Mackenzi Lee (This Monstrous Thing) about how they found kindred spirithood via The Raven Boys; and about fandom, fan fiction, and ‘shipping (there totally should be an apostrophe so shut up). I admire the impulse and envy the enthusiasm but so not my thing. I’m reminded of a […]

Spring 2016 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Cynthia Rylant

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This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Fall Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by After an eleven-year absence, Newbery medalist Cynthia Rylant […]

Spring 2016 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Gavriel Savit

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This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Fall Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by In Anna and the Swallow Man, a debut […]

Spring 2016 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Eileen Cook

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This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Fall Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by In Eileen Cook’s With Malice, Jill, awakening in […]

Spring 2016 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Lois Sepahban

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This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Fall Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by When Manami is, along with her family, interned […]

Spring 2016 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Sara Pennypacker

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This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Fall Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by In Sara Pennypacker’s Pax, Peter’s father enlists, sending […]