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Potter’s Field Redux

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Thanks to Siân (recently) and Martha (several years ago), I am compulsively reading Harry Potter. Sian brought the guy up in a Horn Book podcast and awakened my curiosity; Martha had told me back in the day that Jim Dale’s audio edition is the perfect entrée to the books for those who are not among the […]

RIP Lois Duncan

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I was sorry to hear about Lois Duncan’s death yesterday. Lois had been writing for young people for a long time–her first novel, Debutante Hill, was published in 1958 (and republished in 2013 by Lizzie Skurnick Books). She is someone whose work I always point towards as a reminder that YA fiction did not begin […]

On the Square

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Linda Pizzuti Henry of the Globe and I announced the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards yesterday; see if you won! And, if you would like to take a look at the winning titles, we’ll have them all at our booth at tomorrow’s Hubbub Festival. See you there in Copley Square. And for those out-of-towners who just want […]

Starred reviews, July-August Horn Book Magazine

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The following books will receive starred reviews in the July-August issue of the Horn Book Magazine: Lion Lessons; written and illustrated by Jon Agee (Dial) Who Wants a Tortoise?; by Dave Keane; illustrated by K. G. Campbell (Knopf) Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn; written and illustrated by Kenard Pak (Holt) Before Morning; by Joyce Sidman; illustrated by Beth Krommes (Houghton) […]

Anticipayaytion

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A heads up: Linda Pizzuti Henry of the Globe and I will be announcing the winners of the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards next Thursday, June 2, via video at 11:00AM EST. A web address for the video will be forthcoming later this week. And, fun new fact, for the first time we will NOT […]

East Side, West Side

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Thank you, Allie Jane Bruce, for inviting me to come tell a story last week at the Bank Street College library. It was great to TRIP TRAP TRIP TRAP over that bridge one more time. And I loved spending time with my longtime friend Richard Peck, whose new book THE BEST MAN comes out in the […]

Because I am not. One of your. FANS.

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In this week’s Horn Book Podcast, Siân talks with Mackenzi Lee (This Monstrous Thing) about how they found kindred spirithood via The Raven Boys; and about fandom, fan fiction, and ‘shipping (there totally should be an apostrophe so shut up). I admire the impulse and envy the enthusiasm but so not my thing. I’m reminded of a […]

Goodbye, Jim

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I was sorry to hear on Monday about the death of James Cross Giblin, editor, publisher, author, and friend–to me and countless others in the children’s book business. Back before it was even a Thing, Jim was writing narrative nonfiction about the damnedest things–windows, milk–and had the gift for conveying his own enthusiasm for his topics […]

Reviewing race

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We have a new podcast out today (with Horn Book reviewer Hannah Gómez as guest), mostly talking about Kirkus’ children’s editor Vicky Smith’s new policy of labelling, where possible, the race of all mentioned characters in reviews of children’s/YA fiction. When we recorded the podcast I hadn’t yet seen Kirkus operating under its new rule, but […]

May/June 2016 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

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The following books will receive starred reviews in the May/June issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Note, too, that this is our annual special issue, this year on the theme of Collaboration. Join us!   The Airport Book; written and illustrated by Lisa Brown (Porter/Roaring Brook) Excellent Ed; written by Stacy McAnulty; illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach (Knopf) […]