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From The (Ghoulish) Guide: Horn BOO!

  In addition to Boo Who? and Creepy Pair of Underwear, reviewed in the September/October 2017 issue, here are nine new picture books our staff thinks are unboolievably right for Halloween reading. Clickard, Carrie  Magic for Sale 32 pp.     Holiday     2017     ISBN 978-0-8234-3559-3 e-book ISBN 978-0-8234-3910-2 K–3  Illustrated by John Shelley. In a story told […]

Review of Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters

Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael Mahin; illus. by Evan Turk Primary, Intermediate    Atheneum    48 pp. 9/17    978-1-4814-4349-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-4350-0    $10.99 McKinley “Muddy Waters” Morganfield (1915–1983) is known for his role in establishing the musical genre known as the “Chicago blues.” This picture-book biography begins with his childhood in […]

Books mentioned in the September 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Children around the world Diaz, Natalia and Owens, Melissa  A Ticket Around the World Illustrated by Kim Smith Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Owlkids     2015 Trade ISBN 978-1-77147-051-3 Lamothe, Matt  This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Chronicle     2017 Trade ISBN […]

Outdoor activities

Buchmann, Stephen Honey Bees: Letters from the Hive Middle school, high school     213 pp.     Delacorte In this adaptation of his adult book Letters from the Hive, bee scientist and beekeeper Buchmann details the history of humans and honey. The informative text touches on such topics as technological developments in beekeeping, bee species around the world, […]

Paleontology

Alonso, Juan Carlos and Paul, Gregory S.  The Late Jurassic: Notes, Drawings, and Observations from Prehistory Gr. 4–6     113 pp.     Walter Foster Illustrated by Juan Carlos Alonso. Ancient Earth Journal series. Dinosaur species that lived 162–145 million years ago are documented in gorgeous, detailed illustrations set on pages like a naturalist’s journal. After introductions to […]

Review of You Bring the Distant Near

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins High School    Farrar    305 pp.    g 9/17    978-0-374-30490-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-374-30491-1    $9.99 In 1973 the Das sisters, Tara and Sonia, with their mother Ranee, join their father in New York City. Ranee is determined that her family will take advantage of the opportunities America offers even […]

Awe-inspiring athletes

Ancona, George  Boys Dancing: From School Gym to Theater Stage Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Candlewick Follow four boys as they rehearse for the National Dance Institute of New Mexico’s multi-school literature-themed recital. Ancona shows the joy, as well as the hard work, discipline, and strength of this art form. Large color photos of the boys […]

Women in computing

Edwards, Sue Bradford and Harris, Duchess  Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Hidden Heroes series. This well-researched volume examines the overlooked history of black women who worked for NASA as “human computers.” Despite their essential research and diligence, the women faced segregation and unequal opportunities […]

Children around the world

Diaz, Natalia and Owens, Melissa  A Ticket Around the World Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Owlkids Illustrated by Kim Smith. A backpack-wearing cartoon boy invites readers to join him on a varied trip around the world, visiting friends in thirteen countries and partaking in bustling events such as Carnival and Botswana Day. Each spread shows a […]

Review of Miles Morales

Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds Middle School, High School    Marvel/Disney    263 pp.    g 8/17    978-1-4847-8748-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-368-00137-3    $10.99 In this tale based on a 2011 Marvel comic, sixteen-year-old Miles Morales is Spider-Man, but his spidey-sense feels broken, and he isn’t feeling much like anyone’s hero. Black and Puerto Rican, he’s from a “neighborhood […]