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Review of Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko

Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko poems by Misuzu Kaneko; narrative by David Jacobson; illus. by Toshikado Hajiri; trans. from the Japanese by Sally Ito and Michiko Tsuboi Primary, Intermediate, Middle School    Chin Music Press    64 pp. 9/16    978-1-634905-962-6    $19.50 Part biography, part poetry collection, this book introduces Japanese children’s poet […]

How to Make Electricity (Lite) app review

How to Make Electricity (Crayon Box, 2015; iOS only) invites you to experiment with various objects to explore how electricity works. The app offers four “labs” covering different electricity-related topics: “Battery,” “Hydroelectric Generator,” “Thermal Power Generator,” and “Solar Panel.” Battery is available for free in the “Lite” version; the full version with all four labs […]

Review of Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia Intermediate, Middle School    Amistad/HarperCollins    166 pp.    g 5/17    978-0-06-221591-8    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-221594-9    $9.34 “Electric blues sparks jumped out into the night” when Cool Papa Byrd plays his guitar in Washington Square Park, and all grandson Clayton wants is to be waved […]

Review of Poems in the Attic

Poems in the Attic by Nikki Grimes; illus. by Elizabeth Zunon Primary, Intermediate    Lee & Low    48 pp. 5/15    978-1-62014-027-7    $19.95    g On a visit to her grandmother’s house, a little girl finds her mother’s stash of childhood poems in the attic. The poems written by the mom in this story are tanka poems, an […]

2017 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Intermediate

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Here are our top ten books for different age ranges — including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — all published 2016–2017 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For a handy take-along list of […]

Review of This Would Make a Good Story Someday

This Would Make a Good Story Someday by Dana Alison Levy Intermediate, Middle School    Delacorte    308 pp.    g 5/17    978-1-101-93817-1    $16.99 Library ed.  978-1-101-93818-8    $19.99 e-book ed  978-1-101-93819-5    $10.99 Twelve-year-old aspiring writer Sara is less than thrilled when Mimi, one of her two mothers, wins a writing fellowship […]

Review of One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes; illus. by various artists Intermediate, Middle School, High School   Bloomsbury   120 pp. 1/17    978-1-61963-554-8    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-61963-555-5    $12.99 The vibrancy of the Harlem Renaissance is illuminated in Grimes’s provocative poetry collection. In a tribute to the great poets of the […]

How Many Saturdays? app review

What if we measured our lives in units other than hours, days, months, and years? Would life “feel shorter? Longer? More absurd? More precious?” The Exploratorium‘s app How Many Saturdays? (2015; iOS only) considers this idea by comparing the number of Saturdays in one’s lifespan to other, less common measurements of time. After a brief […]

Review of Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt

Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt [Scientists in the Field] by Mary Kay Carson; photos by Tom Uhlman Intermediate, Middle School    Houghton    73 pp. 1/17    978-0-544-41671-0    $18.99 In 2015, after nine years in transit from Earth, the New Horizons spacecraft successfully flew past […]

Review of Forever, or a Long, Long Time

Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter Intermediate    Harper/HarperCollins    311 pp. 3/17    978-0-06-238568-0    $16.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-06-238570-3    $9.99 Eleven-year-old (but still in the fourth grade) narrator Flora and her younger brother Julian had been in foster care for as long as they could remember. Now they’ve […]