Review of The Impossible Knife of Memory

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The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson High School     Viking     371 pp. 1/14     978-0-670-01209-1     $18.99     g Hayley Kincain has spent the last five years riding shotgun in her father’s rig, discussing fractions and evolution — an on-the-road version of home schooling. Constant movement has helped keep the past at bay for […]

Review of My Bus

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My Bus by Byron Barton; illus. by the author Preschool    Greenwillow    40 pp. 4/14    978-0-06-228736-6    $16.99    g In a companion volume to My Car (rev. 11/01), we ride along with Joe as he drives Bus #123 across a bold-hued landscape populated with feline and canine passengers. “At my first stop, one dog gets on my […]

Books for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2014

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In Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls, Lia, an anorexic and cutter, learns that her estranged friend Cassie was found dead in a motel room — after leaving Lia thirty-three messages. Cassie’s death tips the already fragile Lia into a vortex of self-destruction. Anderson conveys Lia’s illness vividly through her dark, fantastic thoughts. This stream-of-consciousness, first-person, present-tense […]

Review of Why We Took the Car

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Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf; trans. from the German by Tim Mohr Middle School, High School    Levine/Scholastic    250 pp. 1/14    978-0-545-48180-9    $17.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-545-58636-8    $17.99 Two teens abandon their lackluster lives and hit the Autobahn in this audacious tragicomedy. Mike Klingenberg, boring and unpopular, lives a life of quiet desperation […]

Review of Lord and Lady Bunny — Almost Royalty!: By Mr. & Mrs. Bunny

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Lord and Lady Bunny — Almost Royalty!: By Mr. & Mrs. Bunny by Polly Horvath; illus. by Sophie Blackall Intermediate    Schwartz & Wade/Random    293 pp. 2/14    978-0-307-98065-6    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-307-98066-3    $19.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-307-98067-0    $10.99 In this funny, meticulously crafted sequel to Mr. and Mrs. Bunny — Detectives Extraordinaire! (rev. 1/12), young Madeline […]

Happy birthday, Charles Darwin!

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Charles Robert Darwin was born on this day in 1809. Below you’ll find a range of nonfiction titles on Darwin’s life, his theories of evolution, and his contributions to science, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. Primary In Charlie and Kiwi: An Evolutionary Adventure, Eileen Campbell’s age-appropriate, scientifically on-target discussion of evolution, Charlie and […]

Review of Gobble You Up!

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Gobble You Up! by Gita Wolf; illus. by Sunita Preschool, Primary    Tara    40 pp. 10/13    978-81-923171-4-4    $34.95 The outline is familiar: after gulping down animal after animal, a greedy creature bursts. Here it’s a jackal who devours the dozen fish his best friend the crane has caught for him, then the crane herself, and so […]

Beatlemania! A Beatles booklist

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Yesterday, February 9th, marked the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles’ famous Ed Sullivan Show performance — their first U.S. appearance and the beginning of the British Invasion. Here, from us to you, is a list of Beatle-centric books recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide. Primary In The Beatles Were Fab […]

Books mentioned in the February 2014 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Marilyn Nelson Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson, Front, 13–16 years. A Wreath for Emmett Till written by Marilyn Nelson, illus. by Philippe Lardy, Houghton, 13–16 years. Freedom Business: Including a Narrative of the Life & Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa written by Marilyn Nelson, illus. by Deborah […]

YA love stories for Valentine’s Day

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Looking to get swept away or to think about love’s deeper meaning? Lighthearted or serious, set in the U.S. or Iran, these four books will leave older YAs breathless for love. For more recommendations, see “What Makes a Good YA Love Story?” from the May/June 2013 Horn Book Magazine. When high school senior Hayley Kincain […]