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>July/August stars, ’07

>Reviews of the following books will be starred in the July/August issue of the Horn Book Magazine.

Picture Books:

Fred Stays with Me! (Little) written by Nancy Coffelt, illustrated by Tricia Tusa
Orange Pear Apple Bear (Simon) written and illustrated by Emily Gravett
Follow the Line through the House (Viking) written and illustrated by Laura Ljungkvist
Starring Miss Darlene (Porter/Roaring Brook) written and illustrated by Amy Schwartz


Jack Plank Tells Tales (di Capua/Scholastic) written and illustrated by Natalie Babbitt
The Plain Janes (Minx/DC Comics) written by Cecil Castellucci, illustrated by Jim Rugg
Pure Spring (Groundwood) by Brian Doyle
The Wednesday Wars (Clarion) by Gary D. Schmidt
The Lion Hunter (Viking) by Elizabeth E. Wein


May I Pet Your Dog?: The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids) (Clarion) written by Stephanie Calmenson, illustrated by Jan Ormerod
Beowulf: A Hero’s Tale Retold (Houghton) retold and illustrated by James Rumford

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Anonymous says:

    >Well, contrary to most people in the last thread, I’m going to have to go with WEDNESDAY WARS for the BG-HB . . .

    Was Philip Reeve’s DARKLING PLAIN reviewed in this issue?

  2. GraceAnne LadyHawk says:

    >I do love Elizabeth Wein’s books, and I do not understand why they do not attract more notice. She is a spellbinding storyteller and a wondrous writer. I have reviewed several of her titles for Kirkus.

  3. >Yay for Plain Janes and Cecil and Jim! These kind of poking-the-curtains books (Hugo Cabret comes to mind) make me very happy because of the two reactions I witness when I show them off. First, awe. Second, disbelief that something so cool was written especially for them.

  4. Anonymous says:

    >I also love the Wein books. Like Octavian Nothing her books seem to expect the best from her readers, no condescending, no patronizing. I think every generation of adolescents has a subset of its population that are strong readers, and these books are for them. That might mean that Wein doesn’t attract the notice she deserves because she doesn’t appeal to a broad section of the market, but golly are those books good. I am so glad she writes them for the happy few that read them.


  5. rindawriter says:

    >Just LOVE the idea of the “May I Pet Your Dog” book! And thanks for for the list!

  6. >The Plain Janes, and Jack Plank are recent favorites of mine.

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