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Review of Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki; illus. by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell High School    First Second/Roaring Brook    298 pp. 5/19    978-1-250-31284-6    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-1-62672-259-0    $17.99 This relatable, heart-wrenching, and often funny graphic novel opens with seventeen-year-old Frederica (“Freddy”) Riley’s email to advice columnist Anna Vice. “For almost the past year I’ve been […]

2019 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Award winners extras

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 29th, 2019, at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog in New York City. You can watch the announcement video here and read the press release here. Read reviews of all of the 2019 Fiction & Poetry […]

BFFs back for more

Like Frog & Toad, Elephant & Piggie, and Ling & Ting, best friendship stories & easy readers are a perfect pair. These latest entries in noteworthy easy-reader series offer readers a chance to visit with some beloved sets of besties. For more recommended easy readers and articles about the format, click on the tag easy […]

Middle grade and YA for Pride Month 2019

These novels — some upper-middle grade and some young adult — reflect a range of experiences among LGBTQIA+ young people. Happy Pride! Find more recommendations for Pride Month reading in these featured lists of picture books, middle grade, and YA on the shiny and new Horn Book Guide Online. In The Mighty Heart of Sunny […]

Review of The Runaways

The Runaways by Ulf Stark; illus. by Kitty Crowther; trans. from the Swedish by Julia Marshall Primary, Intermediate    Gecko    134 pp. 4/19    978-1-77652-33-5    $17.99 Paper ed.  978-1-776572-34-2    $11.88 The portrait of old age and infirmity in this Swedish import is considerably more unvarnished than we’re used to in books for children. Grandpa is no lovable […]

Review of The Music of What Happens

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg High School    Levine/Scholastic    346 pp. 1/19    978-1-338-21550-2    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-21552-6    $10.99 In order to help his unstable mother make delinquent mortgage payments, Jordan tries his hand at the food truck business, using his late father’s old truck, Coq Au Vinny. Things don’t go too well until […]

Reviews of the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Award Winner and Honor Books

Fiction and Poetry Winner The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon Intermediate, Middle School    Lamb/Random    298 pp.    g 10/18    978-1-5247-1595-3    $16.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-1596-0    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1597-7    $10.99 It’s summertime, and the living is easy. At least it was before narrator Caleb and his older brother Bobby Gene make a bad deal with […]

Review of Charlie & Mouse Even Better

Charlie & Mouse Even Better by Laurel Snyder; illus. by Emily Hughes Primary    Chronicle    48 pp. 5/19    978-1-4521-7065-7    $14.99 This third Charlie & Mouse picture book/easy reader hybrid (Charlie & Mouse, rev. 7/17; Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy, rev. 11/17) shines the spotlight on Mom’s approaching birthday. The first chapter sets the scene, with the […]

The Sun Is Also a Star movie review

In Nicola Yoon’s YA novel The Sun Is Also a Star (Delacorte, 2016), Natasha Kingsley and her family are a day from being deported to Jamaica after nine years living in New York City. Natasha is doing everything she can to get that decision overturned — and then she meets Daniel Jae Ho Bae. An […]

Review of Where the Heart Is

Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    294 pp.    g 4/19    978-1-5362-0003-4    $16.99 On Rachel’s thirteenth birthday, new neighbors move in, affluent dilettante “farmers” who engage her, at minimum wage, to look after their animals while they’re away during the week. She comes to love the menagerie, even Lucy, the surly […]