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Archives for May 2008

>July/August 08 stars

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the July/August issue of the Horn Book Magazine: Minders of Make-Believe (Houghton) by Leonard Marcus Little Brother (Tor) by Cory Doctorow Well Witched (HarperCollins) by Frances Hardinge Would You (Lamb/Random) by Marthe Jocelyn Skim (Groundwood) written by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki Way Up and Over […]

It ain’t all Demi

Claire looks at Buddhism and Hinduism in her ongoing series of booklists on world religions. A semi-related question: people who went to college a generation after I did swear that Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children is the greatest book they ever read. Is it hard?

>The People Have Spoken

>. . . and we have changed the order of the Narnia books on the Horn Book website.

>Chronologist or Publicationist?

>We got an email this morning objecting to the way we sequence the Narnia books on our website. Is there any consensus in re whether the books should be read in the order they were published, or in the order that the events chronicled take place? Was Lewis just being nice when he told a […]


>Does J. K. Rowling get less respect than Philip Pullman because she’s a she?

>Kids and the Kindle

>I don’t see it. While I’m having a fine enough time with the Kindle myself, I think its lack of a backlight and color, rudimentary display of pictures, and plethora of steps and button-pushing will cause most anyone under twenty-five to dismiss it as being for The Olds (and the really Olds, like me, who […]

>At the Movies

>Anita Burkam reviews Prince Caspian.

>Tips for Teens

>I’m really loving Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother (Tor), which Jonathan Hunt is reviewing for the July Horn Book. It’s rare–always has been–to find YA realistic fiction that engages the political dimension, especially one so enthusiastic about disturbing the status quo. And it does so contagiously–I totally want to go out and hack something now. And […]

>Teaching Little Fingers to Play

>Despite my memories of the very tense Sr. Irene Marie (who, probably to everyone’s lasting relief, “jumped the wall,” as we used to call leaving the convent in the 1960s), I’m immensely enjoying Tricia Tunstall’s Note by Note: A Celebration of the Piano Lesson (S&S). Noting that “there are very few occasions when a child […]

>Five Cents a Dance

>Well, it’s not like we wouldn’t do this if we thought we could get away with it.