Review of The Emperor of Any Place

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The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones High School   Candlewick   328 pp. 10/15   978-0-7636-6973-7   $17.99 “So much of grief is unlearning,” observes Wynne-Jones in this perceptive and 
multi-layered page-turner. When Evan’s single father, Clifford, dies suddenly, the high-schooler must work through his own grief while dealing with Clifford’s estranged father Griff, a military man […]

Review of Elephant in the Dark

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Elephant in the Dark: Based on a Poem by Rumi retold by Mina Javaherbin; 
illus. by Eugene Yelchin Primary   Scholastic   40 pp. 8/15   978-0-545-63670-4   $17.99   g Merchant Ahmad brings a mysterious creature to his village, “all the way from India!” While Ahmad sleeps, the curious villagers climb through a window in his barn and feel […]

Comics Are Picture Books: A (Graphic) Novel Idea

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Comic books are everywhere. Customers are purchasing them, readers of all ages are devouring them, teachers are using more and more of them in their classrooms, and they’re winning awards like crazy. Some people have applauded recent book-award committees’ open-mindedness to the comics format, while others remain conflicted. The recurrent question of whether ALA should […]

Review of Breakthrough!


 Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved “Blue Babies” and Changed Medicine Forever by Jim Murphy Intermediate, Middle School   Clarion   128 pp. 12/15   978-0-547-82183-2   $18.99   g Murphy (An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793, rev. 7/03; Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure, rev. 7/12) here […]

Review of All American Boys

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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely High School   Dlouhy/Atheneum   316 pp. 9/15   978-1-4814-6333-1   $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4814-6335-5   $9.99 Teens Rashad (who is African American) and Quinn (who is white) are high school classmates and not much more — neither even knows the other’s name. But when a quick stop at the corner […]

An Interview with Kate DiCamillo


Kate DiCamillo served as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature from January 2014 to December 2015 and was this year’s National Summer Reading Champion. This past spring, Horn Book editors Elissa Gershowitz and Martha V. Parravano shared breakfast with the two-time Newbery Medalist (for Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures and The Tale of Despereaux) […]

Review of Tiptoe Tapirs

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 Tiptoe Tapirs by Hanmin Kim; illus. by the author; trans. from the Korean by Sera Lee Preschool, Primary   Holiday   40 pp. 8/15   978-0-8234-3395-7   $16.95 e-book ed. 978-0-8234-3495-4   $16.95 First published in South Korea in 2013, this pourquoi tale explaining why animals move stealthily begins in the jungle long ago when animals were all quite noisy […]

Editorial: We’re Not Rainbow Sprinkles


Last month at the Cambridge Public Library, I moderated a panel of five middle-grade writers brought to town by their publisher, Random House: Jeanne Birdsall, Bruce Coville, Alice Hoffman, R. J. Palacio, and Rebecca Stead. The place was packed and the conversation lively. With just a few minutes left for questions at the end of […]

Horn Book Magazine – November/December 2015

November/December 2015 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents Features “An Interview with Kate DiCamillo” by Elissa Gershowitz A lively chat over breakfast with the outgoing National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. “’Children, Children, What Do You See?’” by Megan Dowd Lambert Excerpted from Reading Picture Books with Children, a new book that explores Lambert’s “Whole Book Approach” to storytime. “Comics […]

Review of Drowned City

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Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School   Houghton   96 pp. 8/15   978-0-544-15777-4   $18.99 To date, the majority of children’s and young adult books about Hurricane Katrina are microcosmic stories or accounts of a single person or family. Here, in powerful comic-book format, Brown delivers the […]