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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 […]

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. […]

Natural resources at risk

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Bang, Molly and Chisholm, Penny  Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth Gr. K–3, 4–6     48 pp.     Scholastic/Blue Sky Illustrated by Molly Bang. Bang and Chisholm explain the production and consumption of fossil fuels, along with the consequences of all that energy use: climate change. The sun serves as narrator describing the relationship […]

Domestic animals

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Heos, Bridget  Do You Really Want a Guinea Pig? Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Amicus Illustrated Heos, Bridget  Do You Really Want a Lizard? Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Amicus Illustrated Heos, Bridget  Do You Really Want a Snake? Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Amicus Illustrated Heos, Bridget  Do You Really Want a Turtle? Gr. K–3     24 pp. […]

Presidential biographies

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Brennan, Linda Crotta  Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner Goddu, Krystyna Poray  George Washington’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner Rowell, Rebecca  John F. Kennedy’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner Wittekind, Erika  James Madison’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner Presidential Powerhouses series. […]

Review of The Magic Word

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The Magic Word by Mac Barnett; illus. by Elise Parsley Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    40 pp. 10/16    978-0-06-235484-6    $17.99 Here, the magic word isn’t please, it’s Alakazoomba, and it’s what amped-up Paxton C. Heymeyer says to summon the cookie that his babysitter won’t let him have — without first saying “the magic word.” With his […]

Review of Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White

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Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Houghton    164 pp. 10/16    978-0-544-31959-2    $18.99    g Salutations! Sweet raises her collage skills to new heights while bringing her love and admiration for fellow Mainer E. B. White to the page for everyone to appreciate. Just as […]