Choosing Books

Promoting good books for children and young adults is the heart of The Horn Book’s editorial mission.

MOMA Art Lab app review

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Yesterday was rainy and gray and a little grumpy around here, but my discovery of the Museum of Modern Art‘s free Art Lab app (2012) — based on their child-friendly interactive exhibits — brightened my afternoon. The first element of the app is a canvas with line, shape, and color toolbars accessible at the bottom […]

Horn BOO! 2014

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Something wicked this way comes with our annual 
selection of “spooktacular” new books for Halloween,
 with reviews written by the Horn Book staff. Ready, Steady, Ghost! by Elizabeth Baguley, 
illus. by Marion Lindsay Preschool, Primary    Disney-Hyperion    32 pp. 8/14    978-1-4231-8039-5    $16.99    g Leave castle-haunting to the bigger ghosts; little ghost Gilbert longs to 
find “a […]

Review of Malala, a Brave Girl from 
Pakistan / Iqbal, a Brave 
Boy from Pakistan

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Malala, a Brave Girl from 
Pakistan / Iqbal, a Brave 
Boy from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter; 
illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp. 11/14    978-1-4814-2294-9    $17.99 This picture book tells two stories (one side is Malala’s story; flip it over for Iqbal’s), introducing young readers to Malala Yousafzai (recent winner of the […]

Review of 100 Sideways Miles

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100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith High School    Simon    277 pp. 9/14    978-1-4424-4495-9    $17.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-4424-4497-3    $10.99 High schooler Finn Easton has unusual scars on his back. Finn’s “emoticons” — so-called because they look like a colon, vertical slash, colon — are the result of a freak accident in which a dead horse […]

Review of Remy and Lulu

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Remy and Lulu by Kevin Hawkes; 
illus. by the author with 
miniatures by Hannah E. Harrison Primary    Knopf    40 pp. 9/14    978-0-449-81085-9    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-449-81087-3    $20.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-449-81089-7    $10.99 Lulu, a lithe and clever little Parisian dog, used to live with a “great portrait painter,” but now she’s homeless. Remy, a hirsute […]

How I Became a Pirate ebook review

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So, we missed Talk like a Pirate Day this year (September 19*). No matter. For the next eleven months (and in time for this year’s Halloween) kids can practice their pirate sneers and snarrrrls with Oceanhouse Media’s ebook version of Melinda Long’s picture book How I Became a Pirate, illustrated by David Shannon (July 2014). […]

The value of re-reading

The Secret of the Wooden Lady (Nancy Drew)

I was recently privy to a conversation that I have participated in countless times in my twenty-plus years in education. It was a version of “The 8th grade teachers are stealing the 9th grade teachers’ books” discussion. You know that one, right? Of course, it does not reside exclusively in the domain of middle or […]

Review of Tiny Creatures

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Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies; 
illus. by Emily Sutton Primary    Candlewick    40 pp. 8/14    978-0-7636-7315-4    $15.99 Davies introduces a likely brand-new — and immediately intriguing — concept to young readers: that there are vast quantities of living things (microbes) that are smaller than the eye can see. She does it not […]

Review of Rain Reign

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Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin Intermediate    Feiwel    226 pp. 10/14    978-0-312-64300-3    $16.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-250-06423-3    $9.99 Eleven-year-old Rose’s “official diagnosis is high-functioning autism.” She lives with her single dad, who does not have the resources, material or emotional, to be a parent. At school she is laughed at by her classmates. Her life […]

Books mentioned in the October 2014 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Julie Berry All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry, Viking, 14 years and up. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry, Roaring Brook, 11–14 years. Eerie places Nine Open Arms by Benny Lindelauf, trans. by John Nieuwenhuizen, Enchanted Lion, 9–12 years. Greenglass House by Kate Milford, illus. by […]