What Makes a Good Graduation Gift?

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Since you know you can count on somebody else to purchase Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and Chicken Soup for the Soul for the new graduate, the Horn Book staff and reviewers thought we might offer some alternative suggestions, based on personal experience — both what we’ve given and what we’ve received — and on […]

Review of Countdown

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Countdown [The Sixties Trilogy] by Deborah Wiles Intermediate     Scholastic     394 pp. 5/10     978-0-545-10605-4     $17.99     g Even the weakest history student knows that the world didn’t end during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, yet it can be hard to shrug off the old-time geopolitical jitters in this first-rate novel — especially when its eye-grabbing graphic […]

Generosity: What I Learned from Doreen Rappaport

Doreen Rappaport has given me my entire arsenal of Yiddish terms and helped clarify whether mensch was a compliment or an insult. Doreen has taught me, in a number of knee-quaking moments, that people can disagree vehemently — even profanely — yet still maintain a deep mutual affection for each other. She’s taught me that, […]

“Harbours That Please Me Like Sonnets”: On the Pleasures of Literary Maps

By Julie Larios Let me tell you about a small map I have framed and hanging in my house. It’s from a book published in 1778; across the top of the map, in an elegant hand, it reads “Road from Dublin to Clonegall and Carnew.” Specifically, it shows the portion of the road from Rathdrum […]

Two Potholders: What I Learned from Lynne Rae Perkins

by Virginia Duncan I am the proud owner of two potholders handmade by Lynne Rae Perkins. One of them is quilted; the other, woven. I adore them. They are the kind of potholders that beg to be used — both beautiful and utilitarian. But I can’t cook. I was one of those people you hear […]