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Review of City of Saints & Thieves

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson High School    Putnam    409 pp. 1/17    978-0-39954-758-4    $18.99    g After her mother was murdered in cold blood by Roland Greyhill, a white mining tycoon and the father of Tina’s half-sister Kiki, Tina made a run for it. She deposited Kiki at […]

Review of Charlotte and the Rock

Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin; illus. by Samantha Cotterill Preschool, Primary    Dial    32 pp. 3/17    978-1-101-99389-7    $16.99    g “Charlotte wanted a pet. She didn’t care what kind of pet.” However, she doesn’t expect the pet her parents enthusiastically surprise her with on her sixth birthday: a rock. […]

Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth

Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth [Sunlight] by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm; illus. by Molly Bang Primary    Blue Sky/Scholastic    48 pp. 1/17    978-0-545-80541-4    $18.99 Bang and Chisholm bring their energy-centered perspective on Earth systems to the water cycle. As in prior volumes (My Light, rev. […]

Review of Yvain: The Knight of the Lion

Yvain: The Knight of the Lion by M. T. Anderson; illus. by Andrea Offermann Middle School, High School    Candlewick    134 pp. 3/17    978-0-7636-5939-4    $19.99    g The storyline of this graphic novel retelling of a twelfth-century epic poem is straightforward enough: after slaying Sir Esclados, Sir Yvain, a young knight-errant from […]

Preview May/June 2017 Horn Book Magazine

Special Issue: Humor Cover by Jon Agee. “Say Something Funny”: musings of author and accidental humorist Lisa Yee. New Yorker art editor and TOON publisher Françoise Mouly asks, “What’s So Funny About Comics?” “Laughter and Resistance”: Philip Nel on humor as a weapon in the age of Trump. “Mocking Moscow”: author Eugene Yelchin on political […]

Review of Town Is by the Sea

 Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz; illus. by Sydney Smith Primary    Groundwood    56 pp. 4/17    978-1-55498-871-6    $19.95 “From my house, I can see the sea. It goes like this — house, road, grassy cliff, sea. And town spreads out, this way and that.” There’s a distilled, haiku-like quality to […]

The Price of Truth

My novel Breaking Stalin’s Nose is a book about a young boy’s 
discovery of truth, his loss of idealism, and his subsequent decision 
to walk away from the system he trusted. The boy’s transformation mirrors my own. I also discovered truth about the system I trusted, and I also walked away from it. But unlike […]

On “Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader” (from 2001)

One of our most popular handouts at conferences and meetings has always been Dean Schneider and Robin Smith’s brilliant, biting “Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader“(from the March/April 2001 issue of The Horn Book Magazine). Times may have changed somewhat — “#2. Put a TV or computer in every room. Don’t neglect the […]

Review of A Song About Myself

A Song About Myself by John Keats; illus. by Chris Raschka Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    40 pp. 3/17    978-0-7636-5090-2    $17.99    g Raschka’s exuberant pictures and Keats’s playful nonsense poem make an irresistible combination from the very first page, which begins, “There was a naughty Boy…” A thick band of color runs […]

Review of Strange the Dreamer

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor High School    Little, Brown    533 pp. 3/17    978-0-316-34168-4    $18.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-316-34164-6    $10.99 Lazlo Strange is a lowly librarian with a keen and singular interest in the mysterious city of Weep, which lost contact with the rest of the world over two […]