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How to deal

For the protagonists of these recent YA novels, school variously serves as a source of anxiety and a means to cope (healthily or otherwise) with turmoil in other parts of their lives. In Posted by John David Anderson, the administration of Branton Middle School bans cell phones, and a new, old-fashioned idea comes along: sticky […]

From the Editor – September 2017

We’re looking forward to the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards on October 6th and the following day’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, “Resistance,” in which all ten of our awarded authors and illustrators will be participating. It will be a special pleasure for me to moderate a conversation between my old friend Richard Peck (The […]

Books mentioned in the September 2017 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five Questions for Anne Quirk The Good Fight: The Feuds of the Founding Fathers (And How They Shaped the Nation) by Anne Quirk, illus. by Elizabeth Baddeley, Knopf, 10–14 years. This Is Our Constitution: Discover America with a Gold Star Father by Khizr Khan, Knopf, 10–14 years. Of scientists and samurai Samurai Rising: The Epic […]

Of scientists and samurai

These nonfiction audiobooks, recommended for middle-school listeners and up, highlight a variety of memorable moments and important figures throughout human history. Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune is the bloody, heroic saga of an iconic twelfth-century samurai. Author Pamela S. Turner combines meticulous historical detail with conversational modernity and wry asides. Her narrative […]

Chapter-book chums

As new readers head back to school, these recent chapter books will help cement a love of read-it-yourself stories. King, an exuberant dog, introduces himself in the initial two entries of a new early-chapter-book series by Dori Hillestad Butler: “Hello! My name is King. I’m a dog. This is Kayla. She is my human.” Each […]

Back-to-school silliness

School is in session. Here are some new picture books that play up the silliness for students and teachers — including one most ridiculous substitute. For more, look to our Back-to-School Horn Book Herald and What Makes a Good School Story? newsletters. The mischievous feline star of Here Comes Teacher Cat by Deborah Underwood is […]

Five questions for Anne Quirk

Anne Quirk’s The Good Fight: The Feuds of the Founding Fathers (And How They Shaped the Nation) (Knopf, 10–14 years) highlights four sets of venerable opponents whose disputes helped set America’s path during its formative years. And just like its author — who was former publisher of The Horn Book — the book is smart, […]