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

Inspiring women Women Who Broke the Rules series Krull, Kathleen  Dolley Madison Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Bloomsbury     2015 Trade ISBN 978-0-8027-3793-9 Paperback ISBN 978-0-8027-3794-6 Krull, Kathleen  Judy Blume Illustrated by David Leonard Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Bloomsbury     2015 Trade ISBN 978-0-8027-3795-3 Paperback ISBN 978-0-8027-3796-0 Krull, Kathleen  Sonia Sotomayor […]

Botany

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Canavan, Thomas Do Plants Really Eat Insects?: Questions and Answers About the Science of Plants Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Arcturus Science F.A.Q. series. Questions and answers about plant science are loosely grouped into thirteen categories such as “Try this for size” with information about giant redwoods and “Going to extremes” about plants growing in severe […]

Robotics

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Becker, Helaine Zoobots: Wild Robots Inspired by Real Animals Gr. 4–6   32 pp.     Kids Can Illustrated by Alex Ries. This unique book introduces a variety of robotic devices based on animals. Each device is introduced on a two-page spread set up like a video-game-character profile, touching on name, realm, team, super skill, specifications, applications, and […]

National Poetry Month 2016

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Bulion, Leslie  Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Peachtree Illustrated by Mike Lowery. Various poetic forms take readers on a funny and quirky tour of human anatomy, starting with the stomach and ending with complaints from some often-ignored organs such as the gallbladder. Sidebars contain more straightforward scientific information; […]

Earth Day 2016

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Baillie, Marilyn, Jonathan Baillie, and Ellen Butcher How to Save a Species Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Owlkids Featuring fifteen animals and two plants, this book offers succinct information on the habitat, numbers remaining (there are only four Red River giant softshell turtles left!), and action needed to save each endangered species. Clear color photographs of […]

Inspiring women

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Krull, Kathleen Dolley Madison Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Bloomsbury Krull, Kathleen Judy Blume Illustrated by David Leonard Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Bloomsbury Krull, Kathleen Sonia Sotomayor Illustrated by Angela Dominguez Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Bloomsbury Women Who Broke the Rules series. Using the theme of rule-breaking to introduce […]

Review of Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History

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Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal Middle School, High School   Feiwel   418 pp. 1/16   978-1-250-08029-5   $17.99   g e-book ed. 978-1-250-06014-3   $9.99 Though definitely not a hagiography, this biography offers a frank yet positive account of Clinton’s life through the 2015 announcement of her presidential candidacy. Beginning with her birth in 1947, […]

Karen Blumenthal on Hillary Rodham Clinton

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In our March/April 2016 issue, the Horn Book Magazine editors talked with Karen Blumenthal about the challenges of writing a biography about a political figure whose story is rapidly changing. Read the full review of Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History. The Horn Book: Things can change so quickly in politics. How did you […]

Her-stories

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March is Women’s History Month, and this is an especially noteworthy year for one of the subjects of these four YA biographies (and possible vindication for another one of them whose notorious reputation precedes her). Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal offers a positive yet frank account of Clinton‘s life through […]

Starring…the human body!

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A friendly human skeleton hosts Maris Wicks’s “nonfiction revue” Human Body Theater (First Second Books, October 2015), which covers just about everything concerning the human body. From atoms and cells to organs and systems, readers witness how the body works, in all its glory — and how viruses, bacteria, and fungi sometimes work against it. […]