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MockingJo

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[In anticipation of The CW’s forthcoming “gritty” adaptation of Little Women] My name is Jo March. My home is Concord, Massachusetts. I live with my mother and three sisters while my father fights in the war. No, even that’s wrong. My name is Jo March. My home is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My half-sisters and I have […]

I Never Met a Fiction I Didn’t Like: Characters Creeping into Reality, from the March Sisters to Simon Snow

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When @Call_Me_Gil started flirting with @AnneWith_An_E on Twitter, their followers took to calling them “Shirbert.” Yes, that’s two contemporary (fictional) young adults named Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe, no realer than the L. M. Montgomery characters who first appeared widely in 1908. In this modern-day webseries re-imagining, Anne (as played by Mandy Harmon) started a […]

Happy Birthday, Mister President

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Today is President Obama’s birthday. To celebrate, here are some books by and about our forty-fourth president. The titles below were reviewed and recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide at the time of their publication; reviews (with dates) reprinted below. For more, here are booklists about presidents’ families and First […]

Starred reviews, September/October ’16 Horn Book Magazine

from GIANT SQUID; ills. by Eric Rohmann

The following books will receive starred reviews in the September/October issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Rescue Squad No. 9; written and illustrated by Mike Austin (Random) Du Iz Tak?; written and illustrated by Carson Ellis (Candlewick) Owl Sees Owl; by Laura Godwin; illus. by Rob Dunlavey (Schwartz & Wade/Random) Penguin Problems; by Jory John; […]

The Little Prince Coloring Book

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Happy National Coloring Book Day! Long gone are the days when coloring books were just for kids — although, were they ever really? Now choices available for coloring books are quite varied; there are ones for kids, for adults, and even some for all ages based on beloved books for children. The Little Prince Coloring […]

Jennifer L. Holm on Full of Beans

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In our July/August 2016 issue, reviewer Betty Carter asks author Jennifer L. Holm about the inspiration for her new novel Full of Beans. Read the full starred review. Betty Carter: You have a knack of making a story so time-specific (the Great Depression in Full of Beans, for example), yet so universal in theme. What […]

Let your fan flag fly!

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This weekend, fans all over the world got to have an experience we thought we’d never have again: the anticipation of a new Harry Potter book. The release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two, the script of the new London play of the same name, created all the excitement you […]

Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary

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Exunckly. Frobscottle. Geraneous Giraffe. Wonka bar. The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary (compiled by lexicographer Susan Rennie; Oxford University Press, September 2016) is “an extra-usual dictionary” (extra-usual, of course, meaning “extraordinarily large or extraordinarily powerful — or both, in the case of the BFG’s ears”). It includes everyday words related in some way to Roald Dahl’s […]

Happy birthday, dear Beatrix

art by Beatrix Potter

On this 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter‘s birth, I count myself lucky to have met a handful of people who knew her in her later years, when she was most decidedly not Beatrix Potter, but Mrs. William Heelis. By the time she married at age 47, she was beginning to put the “little books” behind […]

Daily Wonder app review

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Fans of R. J. Palacio’s 2012 book Wonder are probably familiar with the author’s #ChooseKind pledge and her 2014 book 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts. Now they can receive happiness-themed quotations each day with the Daily Wonder app (Random House, 2015). The app is no-frills: tap “Daily Wonder” in the pull-out menu […]