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Board Book Roundup: Fall 2016 Edition: Halloween

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This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. The youngest children can join in on the Halloween […]

Review of Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas

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Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas by Yuyi Morales; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 10/16    978-1-62672-240-8    $17.99    g This follow-up to Niño Wrestles the World (rev. 7/13) is brimming with action, humor, and heart. It’s técnicos (“‘Good guys’ who play by the rules”) vs. rudos (“‘Tough guys’ who bend or break the […]

Horn BOO! 2016

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Not sure what to read on Halloween? Never fear! 
We’ve got you covered with picture books about ghosts, bats, and…trucks? Boo! Haiku by Deanna Caswell; illus. by Bob Shea Preschool    Abrams Appleseed    24 pp. 8/16    978-1-4197-2118-2    $12.95 Caswell and Shea return to the format of their earlier book, Guess Who, Haiku, and make it spooky […]

Shadow House app review

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Set in Larkspur House, a home for abandoned and wayward children, Shadow House (Scholastic, August 2016; iOS and Android) is the app component of Dan Poblocki’s new multi-platform middle-grade horror series of the same name. The app allows users to interact with the series’ fictional world by choosing their own pathways through twelve different “Incidents.” […]

Review of Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis

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Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asim; illus. by E. B. Lewis Primary    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp. 10/16    978-0-399-16856-7    $16.99    g John Lewis, longtime member of the U.S. House of Representatives, was a member of the “Big Six” during the 1963 March on Washington and went on to solidify his […]

Decolonizing Nostalgia: When Historical Fiction Betrays Readers of Color

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If I look back at my childhood in the nineties, I can tie my preferences for types of play very closely to the types of books I liked to read. Beyond swimming and riding my bicycle, I was an indoor kid who, though I had plenty of friends, was happiest playing with paper dolls, Kitchen […]

Review of Still Life with Tornado

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Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King High School    Dutton    296 pp. 10/16    978-1-101-99488-7    $17.99    g “There is no such thing as an original idea,” sixteen-year-old Sarah’s teacher tells the class, a dictum that sticks with the once-promising art student. Sarah had an original idea, and she executed it beautifully, but Something Happened at school […]

Books mentioned in the October 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Presidential biographies Presidential Powerhouses series Brennan, Linda Crotta  Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner     2016 Library binding ISBN 978-1-4677-7928-9 Ebook ISBN 978-1-4677-8549-5 Goddu, Krystyna Poray  George Washington’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner     2016 Library binding ISBN 978-1-4677-7924-1 Ebook ISBN 978-1-4677-8598-3 Rowell, Rebecca  John F. Kennedy’s Presidency Middle […]

Blood and gore (for Halloween!)

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Bedell, J. M.  So, You Want to Work with the Ancient and Recent Dead?: Unearthing Careers from Paleontology to Forensic Science Gr. 4–6, middle school     248 pp.     Simon/Aladdin/Beyond Words Be What You Want series. “Think your Goth lifestyle is a predictor of your future vocation”? This broad series installment examines fields centered on dead things […]

Personal and global economics

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Bailey, Gerry and Law, Felicia  World Money Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Norwood Bailey, Gerry and Law, Felicia  Your Money Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Norwood Whitehead, William  Family Money Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Norwood Whitehead, William, Law, Felicia, and Bailey, Gerry  Country Money Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Norwood Illustrated by Mark Beech. How Money Works series. […]