Sharon Draper on Stella by Starlight

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In the January/February 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, editor Martha Parravano talked to Sharon M. Draper about her new intermediate novel Stella by Starlight. Read the full review here. Martha V. Parravano: Have you ever tried to write by starlight? Sharon M. Draper: I’ve marveled at the moon — the phases intrigue me […]

Five questions for A. S. King

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A. S. King’s books are one of a kind: strange, sometimes surrealistic, but always grounded in truth. Her latest YA novel — Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future (Little, Brown, 14 years and up) — is most likely the only children’s book you’ll ever read in which a protagonist ingests desiccated bat remains — and […]

A Second Look: The Planet of Junior Brown

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Does one of the salient works of the black children’s lit breakthrough still hold its own? Is it still the knockout that I pronounced it, at Kirkus, in 1971? The Planet of Junior Brown was Virginia Hamilton’s fourth book — each of them different from the others, and from anything else around. Hamilton, an emerging […]

Boxers & Saints: Author Gene Luen Yang’s 2014 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

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Thank you to the Horn Book and the Boston Globe. This is an incredible, incredible honor. Boxers & Saints is a two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion, a war that was fought in China in the year 1900. On one side of the conflict were the Europeans, the Japanese, and the Chinese Christians. On […]

The Port Chicago 50: Author Steve Sheinkin’s 2014 BGHB NF Award Speech

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A few years ago I was researching a book on the making of the atomic bomb, and my brother-in-law Eric, who loves wacky conspiracy theories, as I do, hit me with a great one. “You know when the first atomic bomb was tested, right?” he asked. “Sure,” I said, falling into his trap. “New Mexico […]

Rose Under Fire: Author Elizabeth Wein’s 2014 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

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Greetings to Roger Sutton, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award judges, and everyone at the awards ceremony, from Elizabeth Wein in Warsaw, Poland. Between you and me today stretches a distance of over four thousand miles, and I do “mind the gap.” I am both grateful and utterly stunned that Rose Under Fire has been named […]

Rules of Summer: Author Shaun Tan’s 2014 BGHB PB Honor Speech

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Thank you very much for this fantastic honor, and for an award that so generously includes far-flung Australians such as myself, currently ten thousand miles away and probably asleep, or else unsuccessfully trying to settle a teething infant. It never fails to amaze me how books can travel, find an audience, and touch imaginations across […]

Grasshopper Jungle: Author Andrew Smith’s BGHB 2014 Fiction Award Speech

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I feel very connected being here tonight. I suppose my books — Grasshopper Jungle in particular — are all about connections. I have a cousin who lived with my family of four boys when I was very young. Her name is Renata, she has gentle Italian hands, and she lives near Phoenix now. I’ve never […]

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild: Author Peter Brown’s 2014 BGHB PB Award Speech

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First, I have to thank my editor, Alvina Ling, who has become a great friend of mine. She lives two blocks away from me, so that’s pretty sweet. We get to go for the occasional cocktail on the company. It’s a totally legitimate business expense. Alvina gives me lots of room to fall flat on […]

The Animal Book: Author Steve Jenkins’s 2014 BGHB NF Honor Speech

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I’ve been interested in the science of the natural world for as long as I can remember. As a child, I read anything and everything about animals that I could get my hands on, even if I didn’t always understand it. At the time — this was in the late 1950s — the children’s nonfiction […]