Review of Titanic: Voices from the Disaster

Titanic by Deborah Hopkinson

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    290 pp. 3/12    978-0-545-11674-9    $17.99 Hopkinson knows precisely what’s she doing in her coverage of the Titanic disaster: providing young readers with a basic introduction to the event without overdramatizing, drawing unwarranted conclusions, or prolonging the ordeal. She begins her account as the […]

Review of No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller

No Crystal Stair

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illus. by R. Gregory Christie Middle School, High School    Carolrhoda Lab    188 pp. 2/12    978-0-7613-6169-5    $17.95 e-book ed.  978-0-7613-8727-5    $12.95 Inspired by Marcus Garvey and the drive to make a difference, Lewis Michaux opened the […]

From the Guide: Titanic

explore titanic

The Titanic is one of those perennially popular topics; a quick keyword search in the Guide Online brings up eighty-four records (and counting). The following books, commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the tragedy — April 15, 1912 — are fine examples of Titanic lore. —Elissa Gershowitz Managing Editor, The Horn Book Guide     Chrisp, […]

Review of Z Is for Moose

z is for moose

Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham; illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky Primary    Greenwillow    32 pp. 3/12    978-0-06-079984-7    $16.99 If you think you’ve seen every possible idea for an alphabet book played out, think again. Even before the title page of this very funny and inventive ABC, cast members Apple, Ball, Cat, Duck, Elephant, Fox, […]

Review of The Fault in Our Stars

the fault in our stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green High School    Dutton    321 pp. 1/12    978-0-525-47881-2    $17.99    g I suppose this is a cancer book, but as its inimitable heroine Hazel would say, “It’s not a cancer book, because cancer books suck.” Evoking yet transcending such teen-illness classics as Paige Dixon’s May I Cross Your Golden […]