Review of Invasion

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Invasion by Walter Dean Myers Middle School, High School     Scholastic     218 pp. 10/13     978-0-545-38428-5     $17.99 e-book ed. 978-0-545-57659-8     $17.99 When Josiah “Woody” Wedgewood enlists in the army, he is immediately sent to England to prepare for the Normandy invasion, harboring only vague ideas about the nature of war. But when he lands on […]

Review of Little Santa

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Little Santa by Jon Agee; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Dial     40 pp. 10/13     978-0-8037-3906-2     $17.99     g It’s easy to distinguish Santa from his parents and six siblings (Larry, Mary, Willy, Millie, Joey, Zoe). They’re all much older, and depressed as only Agee grownups can be; Santa’s the happy little one in the brick-red […]

Review of Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing

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Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing by Leonard S. Marcus Foster/Farrar     64 pp. 8/13     978-0-374-31025-7     $24.99 Randolph Caldecott (1846–1886) is especially known for his ability to make his subjects “jump off the page,” and Marcus is able to do the same for his subject here. With wit and fluency, he tells how […]

Editorial: It’s Your Party

I’m not much one for a party; my husband has a big birthday coming up and I’ve gratefully left all the planning to the children. But three parties I attended recently made me glad I was there, and they made me like my job even more than I already thought I did. Children’s Books Boston […]

Rainbow Rowell on Fangirl

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In our November/December issue, reviewer Cynthia Ritter asked Rainbow Rowell about the creating the many narrative layers (real world + fictional world + fanfictional world!) of her new novel Fangirl. Read the full review of Fangirl here. Cynthia K. Ritter: How much of the eight Simon Snow (fictional series) books and fanfiction did you actually […]

Hey, Al and the Quirky Choice

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This is the sixth (and final) of a series of articles celebrating the history of the Caldecott Medal, which marks its seventy-fifth anniversary this year. Librarian and children’s literature historian Kathleen T. Horning looks at one seminal but unheralded Caldecott book of each decade — identifying trends, noting the changing nature of the picture book, […]

Review of Fangirl

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell High School     St. Martin’s Griffin     438 pp. 9/13     978-1-250-03095-5     $18.99 e-book ed. 978-1-250-03096-2     $9.99 College freshman Cather Avery is resistant to big life changes such as moving away from home and leaving her childhood behind. With identical twin sister Wren eager for more independence, Cath holes up in her dorm room, […]

The Horn Book Magazine — November/December 2013

November/December 2013 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents   Features Christopher Myers 10 Young Dreamers What if George Zimmerman had read The Snowy Day? Linda Sue Park  17 Writer vs. Author The author’s 2013 Zena Sutherland lecture. Columns Roger Sutton 7 Editorial It’s Your Party Roger puts on a fresh bow tie and goes out on the town(s). Angela J. […]

From the Guide: Teen Problem Novels

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In his “What Makes a Good YA Urban Novel?” column, Horn Book Guide reviewer Randy Ribay discusses books about teens growing up in cities and the issues they face. On a larger scale, the problem novel can be a way for all teens, in any environment and of any background, to find their struggles explored […]

What Makes a Good YA Urban Novel?

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Poverty. Violence. Racism. Gangs. Drugs. Crime. When people think of the inner city, these are the issues that tend to come to mind — the reasons many avoid urban areas altogether and lock their car doors should they happen to take a wrong turn and end up in a “bad” neighborhood. Unfortunately, these are not […]