Eerie places

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A creepy space can go a long way toward creating the tone for a scary story. These novels all transport readers to places that are likely to give them the willies. A building is the main character in Benny Lindelauf’s Dutch import Nine Open Arms. A family of nine moves into the titular rundown brick […]

Five questions for Julie Berry

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Julie Berry’s 2013 book All the Truth That’s In Me (Viking, 14 years and up) is a dark, claustrophobic — and beautiful — novel set seemingly out of time and narrated (in her own head) by a young woman whose tongue was cut out by a captor she escaped. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place […]

Happy Halloween!

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It may not be known as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but we happen to think Halloween-time is pretty great. If you haven’t already heard about All Hallow’s Read, it’s definitely time you did! Created by Neil Gaiman in 2010, “All Hallow’s Read is a Hallowe’en tradition. It’s simply that in the week […]

Braaaaiiiiiiiin busters

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I’m a little — okay, a lot — addicted to the recently released Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time by developer PopCap Games. The original Plants vs. Zombies has been steadily expanding from computers and home gaming consoles to Facebook and various mobile platforms since its introduction in 2009 — apparently I am the […]

Baby Horn BOO!

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We’ve recommended lots of Halloween-y picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and YA novels in the last few weeks (see “From the Guide: Slightly Spooky Middle-Grade Tales,” our updated recommended Halloween reading list, and “Horn BOO!“). But what about the board-book crowd? Here are four recent silly and sweet choices for the youngest trick-or-treaters. In […]

Ghoulies and ghosties…

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…and beasties of many kinds can be found on our newly updated Halloween reading list. From silly picture books to spine-tingling YA, there’s something festive for every young reader. All of the titles included were published in the last few years and recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. What are you reading — and sharing […]

Recommended reading for Halloween

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The books recommended below, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine, were published within the last several years. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For even more spooky recommended reads, click on the tag Halloween books.   Picture Books Suggested grade level listed with each entry. Click, Clack, Boo! […]

Five questions for Holly Black

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Holly Black’s many books for intermediate-level readers (Doll Bones, McElderry, 8–12 years; The Spiderwick Chronicles series with Tony DiTerlizzi, Simon, 8–12 years) and for young adults (the Modern Faerie Tales series, McElderry, 13–16 years; The Good Neighbors graphic novel series, Graphix/Scholastic, 13–16 years; the Curse Workers series, McElderry, 13–16 years) demonstrate various facets of supernatural […]

Horn BOO!

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Trick or treat! Enjoy our inaugural selection of new books for Halloween, with reviews written by the Horn Book staff. For more spooky books for middle graders, see “Slightly Spooky Middle-Grade Tales.” Vampire Baby by Kelly Bennett; illus. by Paul Meisel Primary     Candlewick     32 pp. 7/13     978-0-7636-4691-2     $15.99 A boy describes […]

From the Guide: Slightly Spooky Middle-Grade Tales

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It’s time for trick-or-treating, costuming-wearing, and embracing all things eerie. In “Horn BOO!” the Horn Book staff recommends spooky (or kooky) offerings, mostly picture books, for celebrating Halloween. The following books about ghosts, hauntings, monsters, and more will all appear in the forthcoming fall 2013 Horn Book Guide. These novels are lightly creepy, gently macabre, […]