Jonathan Stroud Talks with Roger

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Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. In The Hollow Boy, the third book in Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co. series, Lockwood, Lucy, and George are still attacking the Problem: their alternate-world London is being stalked by ghosts that […]

Kidlit cares some more

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Recently, as Siân tore her eyes away from Patrick Ness’s Twitter feed to tell us, a whole bunch of people, many of them children’s and YA authors, got together and raised a skyrocketing sum for Save the Children to aid Syrian refugees. Astounding as this example was, it’s not the only case of the kidlit […]

Katherine Applegate on Crenshaw

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In our September/October issue, HB editorial assistant Shoshana Flax asked Katherine Applegate about the impetus for her touching new novel Crenshaw. Read the full starred review of Crenshaw here. Shoshana Flax: Which came first: the idea of writing about an imaginary friend or about a boy and his family dealing with poverty? How did one […]

Camp Sendak

Things got a little wild.

When I was fourteen years old, I went away to Camp Tamarack near Hinckley, Minnesota. It was a beautiful place, set along the wooded banks of the St. Croix River. I loved it there. Flash forward to this past July. I’m a man of fifty and I find myself on Scotch Hill Farm near Cambridge, New […]

YA Meets the Real: Fiction and Nonfiction That Take On the World

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It began with hot summer nights. It was on hot summer nights — when it was far too hot to go outside, when all I wanted to do was sit under the throttle of a noisy air conditioner — that I got my best reading done as a teenager. There were two kinds of books […]

Lois Ehlert Talks with Roger

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Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. The first book Lois Ehlert wrote, Growing Vegetable Soup, published in 1987, was about a garden, and so is her latest, Holey Moley. It shows readers the life to be found both […]

Reviews of selected books by Jonathan Stroud

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The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book One by Jonathan Stroud Middle School      Miramax/Hyperion     462 pp. 9/03     0-7868-1859-X      $17.95 The magicians ruling the British empire in this anachronistic modern fantasy derive their powers from demons — marids, afrits, djinn, imps — who, though summoned to work the magicians’ wills, are always looking […]

Fall 15 Publishers’ Preview: Five questions for Laura Amy Schlitz

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This interview originally appeared in the September/October 2015 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. Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz takes readers to early twentieth-century […]

Fall 15 Publishers’ Preview: Five questions for Eric Pierpoint

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This interview originally appeared in the September/October 2015 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. Secret codes, disguises, and escapes-on-horseback propel this historical adventure set […]

Fall 15 Publishers’ Preview: Five questions for Erin & Philip Stead

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This interview originally appeared in the September/October 2015 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. Erin E. Stead and Philip C. Stead’s A Sick Day […]