Preview November/December 2015 Horn Book Magazine

November/December 2015 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art from Samurai Santa: A Very Ninja Christmas by Rubin Pingk. Elissa Gershowitz and Martha V. Parravano talk with outgoing Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Kate DiCamillo. Field Notes: Author A.S. King on helping readers flourish at an Irish adult literacy center. The Writer’s Page: The method to the madness in Matt Phelan’s graphic […]

Review of Symphony for the 
City of the Dead

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Symphony for the 
City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and 
the Siege of Leningrad by M. T. Anderson High School   Candlewick   424 pp. 9/15   978-0-7636-6818-1   $24.99   g Accomplished novelist Anderson presents an ambitious work of nonfiction encompassing the life of composer Dmitri Shostakovich, the early political history of the U.S.S.R., and the nation’s horrific suffering […]

Review of Old Wolf


Old Wolf by Avi; illus. by Brian Floca Intermediate, Middle School   Jackson/Atheneum   147 pp. 8/15   978-1-4424-9921-8   $16.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4424-9924-9   $10.99 As winter wanes in the mountain regions of Colorado, Nashoba, an aging wolf, struggles to find fresh game for his pack, all the while desperately trying to hold on to his alpha status. He […]

Letter to the Editor from Lydia Gagliano, July/August 2015

July/August 2015 Horn Book Regarding Jacqueline Woodson’s Coretta Scott King Author Award acceptance speech: I’m not at all certain why Ms. Woodson thought it important to label the young reporter who interviewed her at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival as “white.” She then follows this with a bit of mind-reading, saying she knew “the answer […]

Review of Buddy and Earl

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Buddy and Earl by Maureen Fergus; illus. by Carey Sookocheff Primary   Groundwood   32 pp. 8/15   978-1-55498-712-2   $16.95 e-book ed. 978-1-55498-713-9   $14.95 Sweet, clueless mutt Buddy meets a “strange-looking thing” inside a box in the living room, who introduces himself as Earl. Earl claims to be first a racecar, then a giraffe, then a sea urchin, […]

Review of Rhythm Ride

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Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through 
the Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney Middle School   Roaring Brook   166 pp. 9/15   978-1-59643-973-3   $19.99   g As related by an irrepressible narrator Pinkney names “the Groove,” this history of Motown Records manages not only to smartly place the company and its hit records in the context of (mostly) […]

Review of Crenshaw


Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate Intermediate   Feiwel   243 pp. 9/15   978-1-250-04323-8   $16.99   g e-book ed. 978-1-250-08022-6   $9.99 Jackson is a scientist, a skeptic, and nobody’s fool. He’s the resilient fifth-grader (the “most grown-up one in the house”) in a dreamy, overwhelmed family that has fallen on hard times. But sometimes even the hyper-competent need help, and […]

Review of Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus!

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Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke; illus. by Lauren Tobia Preschool, Primary   Kane Miller   40 pp. 9/15   978-1-61067-367-9   $14.99 The latest Anna Hibiscus picture book (Splash, Anna Hibiscus!, rev. 11/13) set “in Africa. Amazing Africa” relates Anna’s adjustment to the arrival of twin baby brothers, referred to as “Double Trouble.” Title-page art shows Anna […]

YA Meets the Real: Fiction and Nonfiction That Take On the World


It began with hot summer nights. It was on hot summer nights — when it was far too hot to go outside, when all I wanted to do was sit under the throttle of a noisy air conditioner — that I got my best reading done as a teenager. There were two kinds of books […]

Review of Flutter & Hum / 
Aleteo y Zumbido

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Flutter & Hum / 
Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales by Julie Paschkis; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary   Holt   32 pp. 8/15   978-1-62779-103-8   $17.99 A turtle hides treasures in its shell. Whales dance with the ocean. A cat sleeps on a map and wakes to stretch across the world, from Arequipa […]