Author Jay Asher in EW

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Jay Asher and his YA bestseller Thirteen Reasons Why are featured in the new Entertainment Weekly, just in time for the novel’s paperback release today. I read Thirteen Reasons Why shortly after it came out in 2007 and found it powerful; I’m not surprised that it has gained such a strong following. (I do have […]

July/August starred reviews

The following titles will receive starred reviews in the July/August issue of The Horn Book Magazine: – Naamah and the Ark at Night written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, illustrated by Holly Meade (Candlewick) – Bone Dog written and illustrated by Eric Rohmann (Roaring Brook) – Press Here written and illustrated by Herve Tullet (Handprint/Chronicle) – […]

Cap’n Jack is back

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Ahoy, mates! In conjunction with today’s opening of the film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Disney Book Group just published a Pirates of the Caribbean novel titled The Price of Freedom. Written by A.C. Crispin, this 600-plus page yarn provides a back story for everyone’s favorite pirate: Captain Jack Sparrow. Twenty-five-year-old Jack has […]

Change of plans

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Unfortunately, and contrary to yesterday’s post, Horn Book editors Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano will not be speaking at the Eric Carle Museum on May 21st.  The event has been postponed, with the new date to be announced. Fortunately, tonight Roger will indeed moderate a star-studded panel of YA authors discussing “Diversity in Young Adult […]

Showtime!

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Horn Book editors Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano will share insights on children’s reading from their book A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Literature at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. The event (free with museum admission) is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on […]

London calling

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I just reviewed Salvatore Rubbino’s nonfiction picture book A Walk in London (Candlewick, March) for the May/June 2011 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. A follow-up to A Walk in New York, Rubbino’s new book is equally engaging, informative, and beautifully illustrated — and had me longing for a plane ticket back to my beloved […]

Upcoming stars

Look for these starred reviews in the May/June issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Tweak Tweak by Eve Bunting; illus. by Sergio Ruzzier (Clarion) RRRalph by Lois Ehlert (Beach Lane/Simon) Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus! and Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke; illus. by Lauren Tobia (Kane Miller) The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer L. […]

Keep your friends close, and your frienemies closer

I have to admit that when I slipped Amy Holder’s debut novel The Lipstick Laws (HMH/Graphia, April) off the shelf, I was motivated mainly by the jacket summary’s similarity to Mean Girls. Packed with cliques, hot boys, revenge, and a tyrannical friendship pact sealed with a bright red kiss, The Lipstick Laws would be ripe […]

In the What Were They Thinking? department…

Jean McElroy’s Let’s Count 123! (Simon and Schuster, May), a pleasant new board book that counts ten of the celebratory objects at a child’s birthday party (“1 cake / 2 candles / 3 party hats”), bills itself as “both chunky and lightweight!” The inside pages are not cardboard but paper-covered flat boxes (I think). So, […]

A story worth hearing

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA will host an event (free with admission) with Jerry Pinkney on Saturday, February 12, at 1 p.m. In “A Story Worth Telling,” the Caldecott-winning author/illustrator will look back on his fifty years of picture book–making—and, of course, sign his many beautiful books. Anybody wanna […]