Review of The Lord of Opium

lord of opium

The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer High School     Jackson/Atheneum     412 pp. 9/13     978-1-4424-8254-8     $17.99 g e-book ed. 978-1-4424-8256-2     $12.99 With the death of El Patrón at the end of The House of the Scorpion (rev. 11/02), Matt, the drug lord’s fourteen-year-old clone, has not only been reclassified as a human but has […]

Review of Romeo Blue

romeo blue

Romeo Blue by Phoebe Stone Intermediate     Levine/Scholastic     350 pp. 6/13     978-0-545-44360-9     $16.99 e-book ed. 978-0-545-52070-6     $16.99 Romeo Blue is the best sort of sequel: one you didn’t know you wanted but are ever so grateful to have. Its predecessor, The Romeo and Juliet Code (rev. 3/11), ended with British ex-pat Flissy content in sleepy Bottlebay, […]

Review of Far Far Away

far far away

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal Middle School, High School     Knopf     373 pp. 6/13     978-0-375-84972-5     $17.99 Library ed. 978-0-375-94972-2     $20.99     g e-book ed. 978-0-375-89698-9     $10.99 Sprightly, assured, and original, this story blends a small-town, middle-American, twentieth-century setting with the learned realms of the Brothers Grimm and their […]

Review of Bo at Ballard Creek

Bo at Ballard Creek

Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill; illus. by LeUyen Pham Primary, Intermediate    Holt    279 pp. 6/13    978-0-8050-9351-3    $15.99    g The disarmingly forthright tone is set right at the start of this chapter book when we meet Bo, a little girl who lives with her papas (yes, that’s plural) in a small, almost-worked-out gold-rush town […]

Review of Openly Straight

openly straight

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg High School     Levine/Scholastic     328 pp. 6/13     978-0-545-50989-3     $17.99     g e-book ed. 978-0-545-50990-9     $17.99 Rafe is sick of being the poster child for all things gay at his uber-liberal Colorado high school: no matter how accepting everyone is, it feels like they only […]

Review of Better to Wish

Better to Wish

Better to Wish [Family Tree] by Ann M. Martin Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    231 pp. 5/13    978-0-545-35942-9    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-545-53926-5    $16.99 The typical historical fiction set during the Great Depression is a story of financial hardship — but it’s not lack of money that’s the issue here, in this first of what will be […]

BGHB fiction day

Eleanor & Park

We’ve been celebrating our 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book winners and honors with web extras (picture book goodies are here, and more on the nonfiction selections is here). We’ve declared today fiction day — share the love! It seems everyone’s falling for Fiction Award winner Eleanor & Park! Katrina recently blogged about E&P, calling it a […]

Review of Kelsey Green, Reading Queen

kelsey green

Kelsey Green, Reading Queen [Franklin School Friends] by Claudia Mills; illus. by 
Rob Shepperson Primary    Ferguson/Farrar    122 pp. 5/13    978-0-374-37485-3    $15.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-374-37488-4    $9.99 Kelsey might be the reading queen of her third-grade class, but her throne is threatened when principal Mr. Boone announces a school-wide reading challenge: two thousand books read before […]

Review of Ask the Passengers

Ask the Passengers

Ask the Passengers by A. S. King High School    Little, Brown    295 pp. 10/12    978-0-316-19468-6    $17.99 Astrid would be the quintessential Q-for-Questioning girl in her high school’s LGBTQ support group if her small-town, small-minded school had such a thing — and the gay question is only one of many weighing her down. When her humanities […]

Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park

It feels like everyone (the Horn Book included) is talking about Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park (St. Martin’s Griffin, February 2013) — and for good reason. I recently read it when it up was for starring in the May/June issue (it was a shoe-in), and mourned the fact that Rachel Smith and I hadn’t come […]