2015 Boston Book Festival highlights

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The annual Boston Book Festival took place over the weekend, and we had a blast seeing some familiar faces (and lots of new ones!) at the Horn Book booth and attending programming. Here are some highlights from events staff attended. Elissa: My family attended several Story Time sessions in the newly renovated, amazingly beautiful, perfectly […]

MarcoPolo Arctic app review

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On the opening screen of MarcoPolo Arctic (MarcoPolo, August 2015), a polar bear and cub nap on the ice, a horned, green creature lying directly across from the pair with a camera. The arctic is represented in white and shades of blue, with a cartoon-like, 2D style reminiscent of cut-paper collage. Hit the play button […]

An Open Letter from Meg Murry O’Keefe to Marty McFly

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Dear Marty, Everyone is talking about it: we’ve arrived at the point in time that you traveled to from 1985. You folded time and I walked straight across it, but we both ended up in the same place. Well, sort of. Your version of 2015 makes me think of the planet where we tessered after […]

An embarrassment of riches

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I adore the Boston Book Festival. It’s a place to discover new authors. It’s a place to fawn over authors you already know all about. It’s a showcase of how books can be many things to many people, set against the backdrop of Copley Square in the fall. What’s not to love? When this year’s […]

NYCC 2015

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My cousin, a recent geek convert, has started this beautiful tradition in which we go to one day of NY Comic Con and spend hours marveling at the amazing cosplay, shouldering our way through crowds, waiting in line for panels, and eventually attending said panels. Last year, I was most excited about “Geek Geek Revolution,” […]

Brainbean app review

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When you open Brainbean (Tanner Christensen, 2014), you’re greeted with eight possible brain-stimulating games (plus a “Surprise me!” option). Each game gives you sixty seconds to complete a challenge; you can read a brief description and watch a demonstration of each by tapping the information icon. In “Letter List,” see how many words you can […]

October’s Notes from the Horn BoooOOOOoook

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The October issue of Notes from the Horn Book is here! This month (just in time for El Día de los Muertos!) we’ve got 5Q for Duncan Tonatiuh on Funny Bones, plus (just in time for Halloween): picture book tricks and treats books on mixed-up magic for intermediate readers creepy middle-grade fantasy YA horror short […]

Trend takeaway from 2015 BGHB/HBAS: Transformations


Imperial Russia is the new vampires. And then there’s this: And, okay, yes, it’s way-post-Imperial, but also this: Dasvidaniya, Edward. Privet, Dmiti. For more 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book and Horn Book at Simmons: Transformations, click on the tag hbook.com/bghb15.

Boston Book Fest and other October Boston-area events

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Somehow it’s almost halfway through October already (how did that happen?!), but we want to make sure that you’ve got the Boston Book Fest and other upcoming book events on your calendar. Here are just a few highlights; check out our events calendar for more details and additional events. On Wednesday, October 14th, at 6:00pm, […]

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials movie review

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Maze Runner sequel The Scorch Trials (Twentieth Century Fox, September 2015) reminded me of two very important Siân facts: I should never, ever drink anything before or during a movie. I am no hero. If you’re looking to take a road trip in which you do not stop every 45 minutes for pee breaks, you […]