As a big fan of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling and Fire, I was excited to review Bitterblue (Dial), the third book in her Graceling Realm, for the May/June issue of The Horn Book Magazine. I had to work from the galley, but on Monday the hardcover finally arrived in the office. With elaborate maps and illustrations […]
Just to get a sense of historical perspective, when I last spoke at this festival, there was no euro, no iPods, no Wikipedia, no Facebook; Pluto was still a planet; and I was still drinking. More to the point—today’s point—is that Harry Potter had yet to appear on our side of the pond. That would […]
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.
The Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbet Intermediate Harper/HarperCollins 260 pp. 1/12 978-0-06-196313-1 $16.99 e-book ed. 978-0-06-209919-8 $8.99 “Well! It is better to read fairy tales than to find yourself caught in them,” Nesbet’s narrator declares, a predictor of what is to be found in the subsequent pages — for Nesbet’s story is a-shimmer with […]
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 […]
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 […]
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., […]
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.
> 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 […]