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Fashion-Forward Vampires and the Power of Humor in Genre Fiction

Mostly, my social interactions start out something like this: Them: Oh hello, what is it you do? Self: I’m a writer. Them: That’s cool, what do you write? Self: Commercial genre fiction. You know, science fiction, fantasy, romance, young adult. *Pause.* Self: It’s mostly funny. So. Hello. My name is Gail Carriger. I’m an author. […]

New York Time…

… which happens to be the title of Richard Peck’s 1981 novel for adults, providing me a great opportunity to bridge two worlds when that Richard and my Richard and I were having dinner before seeing A Doll’s House, Part Two last Saturday night. We could all talk about real estate, which we did, as well […]

Review of Jabari Jumps

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp. 5/17    978-0-7636-7838-8    $15.99    g Jabari is a spirited little boy with a pretty big mission: after finishing his swimming lessons and passing his test, he’s ready to jump off the diving board at the community pool! […]

Preview July/August 2017 Horn Book Magazine

Special Issue: ALA Awards Stunning original cover art by 2017 Caldecott Medal winner Javaka Steptoe. “The Year in Pictures” and “The Year in Words”: critics Minh Lê and Jonathan Hunt discuss the books of 2016. Rudine Sims Bishop’s Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance speech. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s Diversity Statistics: a conversation between […]

July/August 2017 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the upcoming issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards. Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List by Kate Klise; illus. by M. Sarah Klise (Feiwel) The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell (Little, Brown) […]

Review of When My Sister Started Kissing

When My Sister Started Kissing by Helen Frost Intermediate, Middle School    Ferguson/Farrar    195 pp. 3/17    978-0-374-30303-7    $16.99    g Claire and Abigail have few memories of their mother — she died when they were very young — but at their family’s lakeside cabin, the girls are surrounded by the poetry, art, […]

The Adventures of Poco Eco: Lost Sounds app review

The Adventures of Poco Eco: Lost Sounds (IAMYANK/Possible, 2015; iOS and Android) is a companion app to the ambient album Lost Sounds by artist IAMYANK. This adventure follows its hero’s journey through a brilliantly rendered, dreamlike world influenced heavily by sound (appropriately, given its musical provenance). The journey begins at “Poco’s Island.” The opening sequence […]

Reviews of 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Picture Book Winner Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate, Middle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    56 pp. 9/16    978-1-4814-5690-6    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-5691-3    $10.99 A historical document dated July 5, 1828, lists the property to be sold from the Fairchilds’ estate. Hogs. Cattle. […]

Reviews of the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winner and Honor Books

Nonfiction Winner Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman High School    Holt    451 pp. 4/17    978-0-8050-9339-1    $19.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-2501-0969-9    $9.99 Heiligman (Charles and Emma, rev. 1/09) again examines the impact of a family member on her main subject, this time unpacking the friendship between […]

Reviews of the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Award Winner and Honor Books

Fiction and Poetry Winner The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas High School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    453 pp. 2/17    978-0-06-249853-3    $17.99 Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter lives a life many African American teenagers can relate to: a life of double consciousness. Caught between her rough, predominantly black neighborhood and the “proper,” predominantly white […]