Finding your way

Here’s somebody else who loves maps in books. The best of them help you keep track of where you are AND can serve as a memento of a story you’ve loved. Poet Julie Larios offered her thoughts on literary maps in the May 2010 Horn Book Magazine.

“Magic most foul”?

darker still

I admit, with a subtitle like “A Novel of Magic Most Foul,” I had to resist the temptation to mock this book outright.  Thankfully, Leanna Renee Hieber’s novel Darker Still (Sourcebooks, November) offers a bit more substance than this melodramatic teaser of a subtitle. In it, Natalie Stewart, a mute Victorian-era teenager, chronicles the supernatural […]

Oh, cruel world

bitterblue box

The ARC of Kristin Cashore’s third Graceling book, Bitterblue, just arrived from Penguin… …packaged with paperbacks of the previous novels, Graceling and Fire. It’s tormenting Cindy and me, since we won’t have time to read Bitterblue—never mind reread the first two!—until all our Guide assignments are read and reviewed. Alas. If you’re lucky enough to […]

More fantastic books for older readers

Drink, Slay, Love

One new sci-fi/fairy tale and three paranormal novels provide plenty of heart-pounding reading for middle school and high school fans. Sixteen-year-old vampire Pearl discovers she can withstand sunlight after an encounter with a unicorn in Sarah Beth Durst’s Drink, Slay, Love. Her family sends her up to the local high school to procure refreshments (i.e., […]

Five questions for Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen

For a writer so notoriously prolific (closing in on three hundred titles, according to Wikipedia) Jane Yolen is notable for maintaining a high standard of writing across many genres, including poetry, picture book texts, and fiction of both the realistic and fantastic kinds. Her latest novel, Snow in Summer, is a fresh blend of historical […]

Diana Wynne Jones, R.I.P.

In honor of Diana Wynne Jones, a long and true friend of the Horn Book who will be much missed, we’re posting an article she wrote for the July/August 2004 Horn Book. Also, a rather funny letter.

>Come on down

> Next Tuesday through Friday I’ll be down at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, delivering the Ezra Jack Keats Lecture on Thursday. Hope to see some of you there. I last spoke there in 1998 and have gone to the Guide to find some very interesting differences in what […]

>The boy who chased the dragon’s tattoo

>Or whatever it’s called, Claire reviews it.

Did we make it?

I think we did.  In the news: Australian fantasy writer, and winner of the 1984 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (for A Little Fear), Patricia Wrightson has died. More happily, Hans Christian Andersen awards have been won by David Almond (also a BGHB winner, for The Fire Eaters) for writing and Jutta Bauer for illustration (although […]

>Bring your own mushrooms

>Chelsey reviews the new Alice in Wonderland.