Sergio Ruzzier on Two Mice

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In our September/October issue, HB Mag editor Martha Parravano asked Sergio Ruzzier about choosing the perfect trim size for Two Mice. Read the full starred review of Two Mice here. Martha Parravano: Two Mice has an unusually small trim size. (Of course, it doesn’t have many words, either.) What was your thinking behind that decision? […]

Kidlit cares

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On Thursday, September 3, Patrick Ness started a fundraiser to help alleviate the Syrian refugee crisis. With all donations going to Save the Children, he was hoping to reach £10,000 — at which point he would match the donations with another £10,000. £10,000 was reached. Then John Green said he would match the next £10,000. […]

On crossing over: straight from the horses’ mouths


Why do some authors “cross over” from writing adult to children’s books or children’s to adult? To find out, we went straight to the source. Shopaholic series author Sophie Kinsella (“The Queen of Romantic Comedy”), author of Finding Audrey — her first YA! — graciously submitted to our Five Questions treatment (sad to say she’s […]

Five questions for Sophie Kinsella: Crossover Week edition

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Sophie Kinsella, author of the Shopaholic series for adults, is known as “The Queen of Romantic Comedy.” Her new book, Finding Audrey, is her first foray into YA territory…and it’s a good one. Kinsella graciously submitted to The Horn Book’s Five Questions treatment during Crossover Week. 1. Your portrayal of anxiety disorders is so vivid […]

Six of one, half a dozen of the other

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The line between adult literature and YA is definitely bendy and sometimes more a “smudge” than a “line” (and then there’s that whole New Adult thing — remember that?). Not only are there great numbers of books that have been published for one community of readers and then been adopted by the other, there are […]

Crossover authors, pt. 2


Yesterday we started a rundown of authors who write for both young readers and adult audiences. Here we’re continuing the loooong list — but despite its length, it’s far from exhaustive, so let us know about any favorites we missed in the comments! Gregory Maguire’s adult books don’t stray far from the world of children’s […]

What ELSE do you do?: five questions for Deborah Taylor

Deborah Taylor is third from the left in this 2014 photo of the "Cincy Gang." Photo by Alison Dougherty Berkowitz

This series of interviews debuted last spring with five questions for author T.A. Barron; now I’m following it up with five more for one of my favorite librarians, Deborah Taylor, coordinator of school and student services for the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. Deb and I have been friends for more than thirty years since […]

Lisa Graff Talks with Roger


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 Lost in the Sun, a companion to Umbrella Summer, Lisa Graff explores the consequences of one boy’s death on the other boy who inadvertently caused it. How do you get over […]

Crossover authors, pt. 1

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Is there a better feeling than discovering a new book by a favorite author? How about discovering a whole bunch of books you haven’t read yet by that author? Maybe you’re familiar with their work for adults, but didn’t realize they wrote for younger readers as well, or vice versa. For example (in alphabetical order […]

James E. Ransome on Granddaddy’s Turn

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In our July/August issue, reviewer Robin Smith asked James Ransome about the challenge of illustrating difficult subject matter — specifically, voting disenfranchisement — for picture-book readers in Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box. Read the full review of Granddaddy’s Turn here. Robin Smith: How do you convey the seriousness and emotion of your […]