Keep coming back

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I’m just catching up with SLJ’s Heavy Metal and our own Calling Caldecott (and I see Betsy Bird has posted her own award predictions, too). All good prep for a terrible prognosticator (who once told the Wall Street Journal that kids were gonna hate Lemony Snicket). I’m particularly enjoying the civilized debate following Martha’s post […]

2013 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals announced

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The 2013 winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals — the UK’s Newbery and Caldecott equivalents — were announced yesterday. The awards are presented annually by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). Sally Gardner was awarded the Carnegie Medal, recognizing “the writer of an outstanding book for children,” for her novel […]

Dragon-centric fantasy

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2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction Honor book Seraphina, written by Rachel Hartman, follows a protagonist navigating the treacherous political territory between dragonkind and human society. For readers whose flights of fancy take the form of dragons, we recommend these recent novels. Dragon Castle by Joseph Bruchac Middle School     Dial     346 pp. 6/11     978-0-8037-3376-3     $16.99 Rashko, […]

Reviews of books by Jaclyn Moriarty

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Jaclyn Moriarty’s A Corner of White (Levine/Scholastic) is a 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book winner. Here’s how The Horn Book has reviewed some of her other titles. Spoiler alert: We like them.  The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty High School     Levine/Scholastic     486 pp. 6/10     978-0-545-06972-4     $18.99     […]

Meta, man

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2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier, illustrated by Suzy Lee (Chronicle Books), takes page-turning to a new level. Here are some other meta-fictional books that bend our minds. A Book by Mordicai Gerstein; illus. by the author Primary    Roaring Brook    40 pp. 4/09    978-1-59643-251-2     $16.95     g “What’s my […]

Picture book surrealism

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Horn Book Magazine reviewer Thom Barthelmess says, of 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book Black Dog by Levi Pinfold (Candlewick): “The traditional feel of the cumulative telling and the art’s surreal precision and fanciful decay combine to offer a curious metaphorical consideration of what it means to be afraid and what it takes to conquer […]

Reviews of books by Robert Byrd

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Robert Byrd’s Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin is the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction winner. Here’s how The Horn Book has reviewed some of the prolific author/illustrator’s other work. Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer by Robert Byrd; illus. by the author Intermediate     Dutton      48 pp. 7/03     0-525-47033-6     $17.99 Leonardo da Vinci was […]

Photos from the 2013 BGHB announcement at BEA

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On Saturday, June 1, at BookExpo America, Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton and 2010 BGHB Fiction winner Rebecca Stead announced the winners of the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards. For more on this year’s winners — including the Horn Book’s reviews — click here.   NONFICTION WINNER: Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and […]

Horn Book reviews of the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honor books

Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton and 2010 Fiction winner Rebecca Stead announce the winners. Photo by Josephine Marc-Anthony of SLJ.

On Saturday, June 1, at BookExpo America, Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton and author Rebecca Stead announced the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honors. More pictures and video are on the way! In the meantime, read the full BGHB Awards announcement, then check out the Horn Book’s reviews of the celebrated […]

Fiction Reviews of 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

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Fiction Winner  Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell High School     St. Martin’s Griffin     328 pp. 2/13     978-1-250-01257-9     $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-03121-1     $9.99 It’s the start of a new school year in 1986 Omaha when sophomores Eleanor and Park meet for the first time on the bus. They are an unusual pair: […]