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From the Editor – March 2015

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign is doing a great job of helping us (by which I mean children’s book professionals of all sorts) keep to the fore of our attention the need not just for books that articulate a multitude of experiences, but diverse creators to create them and diverse readers to read them. Two articles in […]

Books mentioned in the March 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Neal Shusterman Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, illus. by Brendan Shusterman, HarperTeen, 14 years and up. Truth, lies, and secrets Things I’ll Never Say: Stories of Our Secret Selves, ed. by Ann Angel, Candlewick, 12–16 years. There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake, Bloomsbury, 14 years and up. The Truth Commission by […]

Five questions for Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman’s novel Challenger Deep (HarperTeen, 14 years and up) is a swirling, surrealistic look inside the mind of one teen, Caden, who is struggling with mental illness. Chapters narrated by Caden alternate between a bizarre shipboard setting and the world we know, all viewed through the teen’s sometimes impenetrable perspective. It’s a very personal […]

Truth, lies, and secrets

Adolescence is a time of self-discovery — and of deciding how much of that self to reveal to others. These new YA books explore themes of honesty and dishonesty, secret selves and public personas. When compiling the book Things I’ll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves, editor Ann Angel asked contributors to write “about […]

Have you heard?

Audiobook versions of these intermediate and middle-school books — two in verse, one incorporating archival materials, and one light family story — give listeners a whole new way to immerse themselves in their engrossing tales. The Crossover‘s protagonist, Josh “Filthy McNasty” Bell, is a star basketball player along with his twin brother JB. JB’s romance […]

Women’s History Month 2015

In these picture-book biographies perfect for Women’s History Month, young women blaze trails and battle bigotry. From baseball and art to environmentalism and education, these leaders and their triumphs are to be celebrated. Emily Arnold McCully’s Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story introduces a young woman who, at the beginning of the twentieth […]

Sibling rivalry

As every big sibling knows, having a little brother or sister can be…complicated. One minute they’re acting “slippery as a snake’s belly in a mudslide,” the next they’re protecting you from things that go bump in the night. The following picture books capture this ever-shifting sibling dynamic. Gemma & Gus welcomes two new goslings into […]