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Review of Our Moon: New Discoveries About 
Earth’s Closest Companion

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Our Moon: New Discoveries About 
Earth’s Closest Companion by Elaine Scott Intermediate   Clarion   72 pp. 2/16   978-0-547-48394-8   $18.99   g This deep dive into the science of the moon includes explanations of its formation and composition, as well as details about the all-important Apollo missions (1963–1972) and the latest in lunar exploration. Scott begins with a […]

Review of Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter Nellie Bly

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Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter Nellie Bly by Deborah Noyes Middle School   Viking   135 pp. 2/16   978-0-803-74017-4   $18.99   g With a title ripped from the headlines of Joseph Pulitzer’s late-nineteenth-century New York World, Noyes invites readers into the life and times of legendary journalist Nellie […]

Review of The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton

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The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton by Audrey Vernick; 
illus. by Steven Salerno Primary   Clarion   40 pp. 3/16   978-0-544-61163-4   $17.99   g Edith Houghton was “magic on the field,” a baseball legend of the 1920s. Playing starting shortstop for the 
all-women’s professional team the Philadelphia Bobbies, she drew fans […]

Audrey Vernick on The Kid from Diamond Street

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In our January/February 2016 issue, reviewer Dean Schneider talked with author Audrey Vernick about her clear love of America’s favorite pastime. Read the full review of The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton here. Dean Schneider: You’ve written a few books about baseball. Have you always been a fan? […]

Winning sports picture books

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Cheating marathoners; a trailblazing sports reporter; a girl shortstop; and an illegal integrated b-ball game. Here are some nonfiction sports picture books that capture the dramatic action both on and off the track/field/court. Meghan McCarthy’s The Wildest Race Ever: The Story of the 1904 Olympic Marathon describes America’s first Olympic marathon, which took place in […]

Three nonfiction books | Class #3, 2016

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        Bomb: the Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steven Shenkin Claudette Colvin by Phillip Hoose Marching For Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge Good nonfiction shares many of the qualities of good fiction; the best writers pay as much attention to narrative, style, and characterization as to careful research of the facts. […]

Review of The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & the 
Trial of the Century

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The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & the 
Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller Middle School   Schwartz & Wade/Random   284 pp. 1/16   978-0-553-49808-0   $17.99 Library ed. 978-0-553-49809-7   $20.99   g e-book ed. 978-0-553-49810-3   $10.99 Lizzie Borden took an axe, / Gave her mother forty whacks. / When she saw what she had done, / She gave […]

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

Immigration Freedman, Russell  Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain Chinese poems translated by Evans Chan. Gr. 4–6     81 pp.     Clarion     2014 Trade ISBN 978-0-547-90378-1 Harrison, Geoffrey C. and Scott, Thomas F.  New Americans Gr. 4–6     48 pp.   Norwood   2013 Library binding ISBN 978-1-59953-591-3 Nazario, Sonia  Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to […]

Psychology and mindfulness

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Barron, T. A. The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life Gr. 4–6, middle school     74 pp.     Philomel This book of advice, adapted from the author’s 2013 Oxford University address, is presented as a conversational visit with the famous wizard Merlin. Summarizing life’s experiences and mysteries in a few simple words, […]

Investigating crime

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Eldridge, Stephen Trace Evidence: Dead People Do Tell Tales Gr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     Enslow Faulk, Michelle Gun Crimes: Dead People Do Tell Tales Gr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     Enslow Latta, Sara L. Bones: Dead People Do Tell Tales Gr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     Enslow Latta, Sara L. Cybercrime: Data Trails […]