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Shoshana Flax

About Shoshana Flax

Shoshana Flax, assistant editor for The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons College.

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Interested in learning more about the children’s book industry, book reviewing, or how magazines and review journals operate? A Horn Book internship is a great place to start. Our editorial interns are an invaluable help in managing the gazillion books that enter and leave our office (and if the phrase “gazillion books” sounds appealing to […]

The Princess Bride: The “Good Parts”

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You know those scarves that are all the rage, the ones covered in portions of text from a book? For once in my life, I feel fashionable, as a dear friend gave me one as a gift. I recognized the text pretty quickly as coming from a book I’ve loved since I was ten: William […]

Review of Amina’s Voice

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Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan Intermediate, Middle School    Salaam/Simon    197 pp. 3/17    978-1-4814-9206-5    $16.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-4814-9208-9    $10.99 Musically talented Amina struggles with shyness and, since she started middle school, with issues of assimilation. Her best friend Soojin, who is Korean American, is considering changing her name with […]

A collection of collections

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Each of these books combines the voices of lots of inspiring people, whether in stories, essays, comics, or thought-provoking quotes, in order to inform and enlighten readers. Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, a lively anthology edited by Book Riot associate editor Kelly Jensen, broaches the subject of “feminism for the real world” […]

Angie Thomas on The Hate U Give

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In our March/April 2017 issue, assistant editor Shoshana Flax asked author Angie Thomas about the timeliness of her important novel The Hate U Give. Read the full starred review. Shoshana Flax: The book feels very, tragically up-to-the-minute. How far into the editorial process were you making changes based on current events? Angie Thomas: I tried […]

My weekend at a nerd convention

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French the llama, puppy-sized elephants! Don’t forget to be awesome. If that made sense to you, you might be a Nerdfighter. If it didn’t, here, have a rabbit hole. And another. And another. If it still doesn’t make sense to you, have an entry point: Basically, the community of Nerdfighters, or Nerdfighteria, formed around the […]

Children’s Books Boston “A Midwinter Night’s Fantasy Panel” recap

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Dragons are people, too. Or at least, it’s possible to put so much thought into them as characters that they might as well be. This was just one takeaway from Children’s Books Boston’s “A Midwinter Night’s Fantasy Panel,” in which our own Martha V. Parravano moderated a discussion between authors Kristin Cashore and Tui T. […]

Dystopian teen heroes

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These four novels envision authoritarian societies, some in the future, some not-so-futuristic, that cause their teenage protagonists to take revolutionary action. Under Little Town’s strict Regime, no one crosses the border to or from Old Country — until the Duda family arrives as refugees. Protagonist Charlie befriends teenager Pavel Duda and tries to teach him […]

The King’s Ears app review

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Based on Katarina Jovanovic’s 2008 picture book The King Has Goat Ears, illustrated by Phillipe Béhà (Tradewinds Books), The King’s Ears app (Rascal Media, 2016; iOS only) adds music, movement, and interaction to this retelling of a Serbian folktale. Tap your way through the story (which you can choose to have read aloud to you, […]

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, an international day to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. (Yom HaShoah, which takes place in the spring, is similar in purpose but specific to the Jewish community.) Books about the Holocaust were a big part of my own childhood reading — perhaps surprisingly given the cheerful bent of many […]