HBGO update

We’ve just added another 213 reviews to the Horn Book Guide Online database—take a peek at the newly added authors/illustrators and titles. I think my favorite title this time around is The Time-Traveling Fashionista, though Jenna and Jonah’s Fauxmance and Labracadabra are close runners-up.

New voices speak up

YA librarian and current Boston Globe–Horn Book Award judge Robin Brenner hosts a panel of “New Voices in YA and Children’s Literature” tonight, July 20th. The up-and-coming authors—all recent grads of the Simmons MFA in Writing for Children program, including HB freelancers Natasha Gilmore and Shara Hardeson—will read from their work, then discuss their process […]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two (spoilers ahead!)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two opened in theaters on Friday to the delight and trepidation of fans everywhere. Movie-goers be warned: there is no summary or introduction as in the previous films — they really did just split one long film into two — so it’s definitely worthwhile to re-watch Part One […]

What a long, magical trip it’s been

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Last night, like fans everywhere, I got gussied up in my best Hogwarts gear and went to see the final Harry Potter movie premiere at midnight. Despite the fact that I’m running on about 3 hours of sleep (yawn!) and lots of caffeine today, I’m so glad I was able to be a part of […]

The one, the only

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Eric Carle will appear at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA the weekend of July 15th and 16th. On Saturday, July 15th, at 5 p.m., Mr. Carle will host a ceremony to honor his mentor Leo Lionni and unveil Mr. Lionni’s bronze sculpture Imaginary Garden. A reception with Mr. Carle […]

Author Jay Asher in EW

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Jay Asher and his YA bestseller Thirteen Reasons Why are featured in the new Entertainment Weekly, just in time for the novel’s paperback release today. I read Thirteen Reasons Why shortly after it came out in 2007 and found it powerful; I’m not surprised that it has gained such a strong following. (I do have […]

The Big Four

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I just read Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler (HMH, April), a follow-up to October’s Hunger. In each book, a troubled girl on the brink of killing herself (intentionally or through miscalculated self-injury) is offered a second chance by Death: take on the role of a Horseman of the Apocalypse. Anorexic, over-exercising Lisa becomes the avatar […]

Cap’n Jack is back

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Ahoy, mates! In conjunction with today’s opening of the film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Disney Book Group just published a Pirates of the Caribbean novel titled The Price of Freedom. Written by A.C. Crispin, this 600-plus page yarn provides a back story for everyone’s favorite pirate: Captain Jack Sparrow. Twenty-five-year-old Jack has […]

‘Tis the season (to mock old prom pics)

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It’s prom season! Sure, most of us have outgrown prom frenzy, but a little reminiscing never hurt anyone (except for Roger, who never went). Author Aimee Ferris does just that, and encourages others to do the same, over at her blog Will Work for Prom Dress — a tie-in to her book with the same […]

What do the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the Horn Book have in common?

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We both gave Laurel Croza and I Know Here an award. In response to winning the Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award, Laurel said, That’s me, flash-frozen in disbelief—“whaaaaat!?!”—since I heard I Know Here won a 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. Way, way, way beyond my daydreaming orbit, the news too surreal, too out-of-this-world abstract […]