The Dance Happy Project

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Over on Twitter, @mecaplan directed us to a cause dear to my dance-lovin’ heart: The Dance Happy Project. The project was initiated by eleven-year-old Georgia Bernbaum, who writes on the Dance Happy site that her goal is to “bring dance classes to more children, children who would not normally have access to dance lessons.” Proceeds […]

At long last

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There may have been some jumping up and down yesterday when I spotted this on the Magazine table. Garth Nix’s Abhorsen trilogy/Old Kingdom Chronicles is one of my all-time favorite series; I’ve read Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen several times each and listened to the superb audiobooks narrated by Tim Curry many more times. The trilogy […]

Two weeks and counting…

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Now that March has finally arrived, we’re officially in the “T-minus” phase for The Hunger Games movie adaptation, hitting theaters on March 23. In anticipation, I’ve been perusing several pieces of fine literature, to wit: The Hunger Games: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion (Scholastic, February), Stars in the Arena: Meet the Hotties of The Hunger […]

Dogs just wanna be existential

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Glenn Eichler, creator of MTV’s Daria, brings that series’s wry, witty tone to his new graphic novel, Mush! Sled Dogs with Issues (First Second, December). From the cover, which features a sled dog caught licking itself, it’s clear this book isn’t going to be pretty. Mush! is harsh, blunt, and rather philosophical. The sled dogs […]

Salley Mavor in the house

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For the past few weeks we have been housing a treasure. Salley Mavor, who won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Pocketful of Posies, created an original piece for our January/February Magazine cover. When I picked it up from the photographer a few weeks ago, I brought it back to the office to store it […]

Food for thought

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In a few short months, you’re bound to hear the sound of thousands of teenage girls stripping posters of Twilight franchise stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner from their bedroom walls in favor of Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. Don’t recognize the latter names? You will. Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) and Hemsworth (of […]

Kadir Nelson at the Cambridge Library

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Kadir Nelson, who receives a starred review for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans in the November/December Magazine, will be speaking and signing at the Cambridge Public Library’s main branch next Friday, October 14. The event (recommended for ages 9 and up) begins at 3:30 pm. For more details, see the […]

All steamed up

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As my friend and fellow blogger observed not long ago, “steam is so hot right now.”  This year has seen a mind-boggling number of steampunk-themed events in the northeast alone: International Steampunk City, which took over the town of Waltham for a weekend; a book tour for The Steam­punk Bible; an exhibit on steampunk aesthetic […]

Save the date—BGHB Awards and Horn Book at Simmons

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The office is starting to buzz about the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards taking place Friday, September 30, and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, happening Saturday, October 1. On Friday night, BGHB judges Jennifer Brabander, Robin Brenner, and Dean Schneider will present the awards to this year’s winners and honorees: Fiction Winner: Blink & Caution […]

Upcoming stars

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Starred reviews appearing in the September/October Horn Book Magazine: – The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories by David LaRochelle; illus. by Paul Meisel (Dutton) – A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka (Schwartz & Wade) – Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (Farrar) – Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck; illus. by Kelly […]