Review of Brown Girl Dreaming

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 Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Intermediate, Middle School    Paulsen/Penguin 328 pp.    8/14    978-0-399-25251-8    $16.99    g Here is a memoir-in-verse so immediate that readers will feel they are experiencing the author’s childhood right along with her. It starts out somewhat slowly, with Woodson relying on others’ memories to relate her (1963) birth and infancy in […]

He must have been pissed.

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In hunting down a quote in the June 1972 issue of the Magazine, I happened upon a note that resonates with the recent debate over the ALA awards and confidentiality. Under “Staff Notes,” in the Hunt Breakfast (yesteryear’s Impromptu column) the first entry is: “Paul Heins [the then-Editor of HB], as one of the three […]

Horn Book Reviews of the 2013 National Book Award Finalists

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The National Book Foundation announced their shortlists for the 2013 National Book Awards on Wednesday, October 16th. Here’s how the Horn Book reviewed their selections in the Young People’s Literature category. The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt; illus. by Jennifer Bricking Intermediate, Middle School     Atheneum     374 pp. 7/13     978-1-4424-2105-9   […]

2012 NBA Finalists reviews

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Goblin Secrets by William Alexander Intermediate    McElderry    226 pp. 3/12     978-1-4424-2726-6     $16.99 reviewed in the fall 2012 Horn Book Guide Theater is outlawed for the humans of Zombay. But when orphan Rownie flees witch Graba’s custody, he joins a performance troupe of goblins he hopes can help locate his brother (who disappeared after illegally acting); […]

2011 National Book Awards

Inside Out and Back Again

2011 National Book Award Winner Inside Out and Back Again has won the 2011 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The prize was presented on November 16, 2011, at the National Book Foundation’s annual dinner and ceremony in New York City. Marc Aronson chaired the judging committee, which also included Ann Brashares, Matt de […]

2011 NBA Finalists reviews

Chime

[scroll down for all six reviews] Chime by Franny Billingsley Middle School, High School   Dial   358 pp. 3/11   978-0-8037-3552-1   $17.99 Reviewed 3/11 “Ooze and muck and the clean muddy smell of life” suffuse Billingsley’s long-awaited third work of fiction, which mingles “Tam Lin,” “Lord Randall,” and its own swampy folklore into […]