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Review of Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp. 10/16    978-0-316-21388-2    $17.99 Picture books about artists are tricky. Should the illustrator mimic the subject’s style, or instead attempt to capture his or her essence? Steptoe does a little of both in this introduction […]

Review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two based on an original new story by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne; written by Jack Thorne 7/16    Levine/Scholastic    328 pp. Middle School, High School    978-1-338-09913-3    $29.99 This “Special Rehearsal Edition Script” of the two-part play that opened in London’s West End in […]

Review of Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis

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Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asim; illus. by E. B. Lewis Primary    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp. 10/16    978-0-399-16856-7    $16.99    g John Lewis, longtime member of the U.S. House of Representatives, was a member of the “Big Six” during the 1963 March on Washington and went on to solidify his […]

Books mentioned in the October 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Presidential biographies Presidential Powerhouses series Brennan, Linda Crotta  Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner     2016 Library binding ISBN 978-1-4677-7928-9 Ebook ISBN 978-1-4677-8549-5 Goddu, Krystyna Poray  George Washington’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner     2016 Library binding ISBN 978-1-4677-7924-1 Ebook ISBN 978-1-4677-8598-3 Rowell, Rebecca  John F. Kennedy’s Presidency Middle […]

Blood and gore (for Halloween!)

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Bedell, J. M.  So, You Want to Work with the Ancient and Recent Dead?: Unearthing Careers from Paleontology to Forensic Science Gr. 4–6, middle school     248 pp.     Simon/Aladdin/Beyond Words Be What You Want series. “Think your Goth lifestyle is a predictor of your future vocation”? This broad series installment examines fields centered on dead things […]

Personal and global economics

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Bailey, Gerry and Law, Felicia  World Money Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Norwood Bailey, Gerry and Law, Felicia  Your Money Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Norwood Whitehead, William  Family Money Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Norwood Whitehead, William, Law, Felicia, and Bailey, Gerry  Country Money Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Norwood Illustrated by Mark Beech. How Money Works series. […]

Natural resources at risk

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Bang, Molly and Chisholm, Penny  Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth Gr. K–3, 4–6     48 pp.     Scholastic/Blue Sky Illustrated by Molly Bang. Bang and Chisholm explain the production and consumption of fossil fuels, along with the consequences of all that energy use: climate change. The sun serves as narrator describing the relationship […]

Domestic animals

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Heos, Bridget  Do You Really Want a Guinea Pig? Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Amicus Illustrated Heos, Bridget  Do You Really Want a Lizard? Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Amicus Illustrated Heos, Bridget  Do You Really Want a Snake? Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Amicus Illustrated Heos, Bridget  Do You Really Want a Turtle? Gr. K–3     24 pp. […]

Presidential biographies

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Brennan, Linda Crotta  Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner Goddu, Krystyna Poray  George Washington’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner Rowell, Rebecca  John F. Kennedy’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner Wittekind, Erika  James Madison’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner Presidential Powerhouses series. […]

Review of Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White

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Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Houghton    164 pp. 10/16    978-0-544-31959-2    $18.99    g Salutations! Sweet raises her collage skills to new heights while bringing her love and admiration for fellow Mainer E. B. White to the page for everyone to appreciate. Just as […]