Alfie, Haathi & the Magic Bioscope app review

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In Alfie, Haathi & the Magic Bioscope (Appy Kids/Growl Media, 2013), elephant Haathi and boy Alfie are best friends who discover a “strange old box” in a stall at a fair. They fall into the box, which seems to contain a world filled with animals. (The title leads one to believe that the box is […]

Review of A Year Without Mom

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A Year Without Mom by Dasha Tolstikova; 
illus. by the author Middle School   Groundwood   168 pp. 10/15   978-1-55498-692-7   $19.95 e-book ed. 978-155498-693-4   $16.95 Tolstikova’s illustrated memoir recounts the time when her mother relocated to America for graduate school and she, twelve years old, was left in the care of her grandparents in Moscow. Through present-tense […]

Review of Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow

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Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow by Rainbow Rowell High School   St. Martin’s Griffin   522 pp. 10/15   978-1-250-04955-1   $19.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4668-5054-5   $9.99 In Fangirl (rev. 11/13), protagonist Cath wrote fanfiction for the fictitious “Simon Snow” fantasy series. Now Rowell has written a novel set in Simon Snow’s universe and using many […]

Additional ALA Awards 2016

Alex Awards for the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences • All Involved by Ryan Gattis (Ecco) • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau) • Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis (St. Martin’s) • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s) • Girl […]

2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Speeches

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While you’re gearing up for ALA Midwinter — in Boston! Home of The Horn Book! Come say hi at our booth! — you can enjoy the complete 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches. Click on the tags BGHB15 and HBAS15 for timelines, pictures, and more. Photos, judges’ intros, and other information can be found in […]

Horn Book Magazine – January/February 2016

January/February 2016 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents Features Horn Book Fanfare by Horn Book editors Our choices for the best books of 2015. Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Gallery 2015 Celebrating the year’s winners and honorees. Fiction Nonfiction Picture Book “The World That Changes” by Susan Cooper Horn Book at Simmons keynote address on the theme “Transformations.” “Shelf Lives” by […]

Editorial: Climbing the Walls

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Last month, while reading and re-reading books for The Horn Book’s annual “Fanfare” discussion, I teased followers of the Read Roger blog with mention of a book that had me excited for YA publishing all over again: “Granted, the half-dozen books I have to get through before [the meeting] are themselves already separated from the […]

Review of I Hear a Pickle (and Smell, See, Touch, 
and Taste It, Too!)

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I Hear a Pickle (and Smell, See, Touch, 
and Taste It, Too!) by Rachel Isadora; illus. by the author Preschool   Paulsen/Penguin   32 pp. 1/16   978-0-399-16049-3   $16.99   g Starting with a clever, attention-grabbing title, Isadora’s book about the five senses is aimed perfectly at another sense — kids’ sense of humor. Separate sections, beginning with sound […]

The World That Changes

Susan Cooper delivers the Horn Book at Simmons keynote. Photo: Elissa Gershowitz.

The very day that Roger asked me to give this talk, my grand-daughter stopped by my house after a science lesson. She was full of information. “Nana,” she said, “did you know that after a caterpillar has gone into its chrysalis, there’s nothing inside except soup?” I said, “Soup?” “Yes!” said my granddaughter with relish. […]

Review of Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game

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Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game by John Coy; illus. by Randy DuBurke Primary, Intermediate   Carolrhoda   32 pp. 10/15   978-1-4677-2604-7   $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4677-8810-6   $17.99 Based closely on a 1996 New York Times article by Scott Ellsworth, this picture book tells the dramatic story of an illegal college basketball game planned and played […]