Reviews

Review of What Are You Glad About? 
What Are You Mad About?: Poems for When a Person 
Needs a Poem

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What Are You Glad About? 
What Are You Mad About?: Poems for When a Person 
Needs a Poem by Judith Viorst; illus. by Lee White Primary, Intermediate   Dlouhy/Atheneum   102 pp. 2/16   978-1-4814-2355-7   $17.99   g e-book ed. 978-1-4814-2355-1   $10.99 Viorst’s most famous book is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and this […]

Review of To Catch a Cheat

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To Catch a Cheat by Varian Johnson Middle School   Levine/Scholastic   248 pp. 2/16   978-0-545-72239-1   $16.99   g e-book ed. 978-0-545-72241-4   $16.99 After his crew succeeded at foiling a corrupt student council election in The Great Greene Heist (rev. 7/14), Jackson Greene retired from his con-man antics. Until…someone floods the Maplewood Middle School bathrooms and hallways, and […]

Review of Dylan the Villain

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Dylan the Villain by K. G. Campbell; illus. by the author Primary   Viking   40 pp. 2/16   978-0-451-47642-5   $17.99   g “‘Congratulations,’ said the doctor. ‘It’s a healthy little super-villain!’” Sweet, unsuspecting new parents Mr. and Mrs. Snivels are surprised by this development (and by the fact that they just “happened to have a baby”), but not […]

Review of The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & the 
Trial of the Century

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The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & the 
Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller Middle School   Schwartz & Wade/Random   284 pp. 1/16   978-0-553-49808-0   $17.99 Library ed. 978-0-553-49809-7   $20.99   g e-book ed. 978-0-553-49810-3   $10.99 Lizzie Borden took an axe, / Gave her mother forty whacks. / When she saw what she had done, / She gave […]

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

Immigration Freedman, Russell  Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain Chinese poems translated by Evans Chan. Gr. 4–6     81 pp.     Clarion     2014 Trade ISBN 978-0-547-90378-1 Harrison, Geoffrey C. and Scott, Thomas F.  New Americans Gr. 4–6     48 pp.   Norwood   2013 Library binding ISBN 978-1-59953-591-3 Nazario, Sonia  Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to […]

Psychology and mindfulness

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Barron, T. A. The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life Gr. 4–6, middle school     74 pp.     Philomel This book of advice, adapted from the author’s 2013 Oxford University address, is presented as a conversational visit with the famous wizard Merlin. Summarizing life’s experiences and mysteries in a few simple words, […]

Investigating crime

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Eldridge, Stephen Trace Evidence: Dead People Do Tell Tales Gr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     Enslow Faulk, Michelle Gun Crimes: Dead People Do Tell Tales Gr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     Enslow Latta, Sara L. Bones: Dead People Do Tell Tales Gr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     Enslow Latta, Sara L. Cybercrime: Data Trails […]

Inspirational athletes

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Brown, Daniel James The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American 
Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics Middle school, high school     226 pp.     Viking Adapted by Gregory Mone. Overcoming a difficult childhood, Joe Rantz made the freshman crew team at the University of Washington. There, he met equally […]

Customs and lifestyles

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Bullard, Lisa My Clothes, Your Clothes Illustrated by Renée Kurilla Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Millbrook Bullard, Lisa My Home, Your Home Illustrated by Paula Becker Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Millbrook Cloverleaf Books: Alike and Different series. Young Jayden is thinking about “the right home for my family.” He considers apartments, single-family houses, mobile homes, and […]

Immigration

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Freedman, Russell Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain Gr. 4–6     81 pp.     Clarion Chinese poems translated by Evans Chan. Freedman’s slender volume on the history and importance of California’s Angel Island Immigration Station — the portal for Asian immigration to the U.S. — covers a lot of ground. He weaves a clear and straightforward narrative […]