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>July/August stars

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the July/August issue of the Horn Book Magazine (which, if I do say so myself, is going to be among our classics):

Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy by Denise Fleming (Holt)

The Village Garage by G. Brian Karas (Ottaviano/Holt)
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)
Happy Birthday, Sophie Hartley by Stephanie Greene (Clarion)
Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett (Candlewick)
Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! by Grace Lin (Little, Brown)
The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty (Levine/Scholastic)
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce (HarperCollins)
The War to End All Wars: World War I by Russell Freedman (Clarion)
Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan; illus. by Brian Floca (Porter/Flash Point/Roaring Brook)
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot [Scientists in the Field] by Sy Montgomery; photos by Nic Bishop (Houghton)
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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. kristin cashore says:

    >Oh! I'm very excited to see that Sonya Hartnett has a new one coming out.

  2. JuliaDeVillers says:

    >Excited here too– a new Jaclyn Moriarty!

  3. Tera Lynn Childs says:

    >Ditto, Julia, on the Jaclyn Moriarty. JM = my writing hero!

  4. Moira Manion says:

    >Just watched a video of Douglas Adams talking about the Kakapo parrot, and wondered about this creature. I'll definitely seek out Sy Montgomery's book.

  5. Moira Manion says:

    >Sorry to go off topic, but I'm disappointed that I can't find The Horn Book at any local chain and independant bookstores. My subscription lapsed due to an employment gap, so I've missed the last two issues, and will probably miss this one (drat!), so I want to buy them off the shelf. But even the fine independant children bookstores here in the Twin Cities don't sell the magazine. My libraries don't have it, either.

    Given the amount of children's book writers, illustrators, and avid readers in my area, I assumed at least one bookstore would carry The Horn Book. Perhaps most people interested in the topic have subscriptions, and bookstores don't have enough requests to justify carrying it.

    I'll have to order back copies from The Horn Book.

  6. Roger Sutton says:

    >Moira, according to our records, the Magazine is sold at three stores in St. Paul: Borders, B&N and Common Goods. You and others can help us out by asking your local booksellers to carry us–we're distributed by Ingram and Source Interlink, and booksellers can also order from us directly at 800-325-1170. That's also the number to call about subscribing or ordering single copies and back issues.

  7. Melinda says:

    >Now that sounds like a hell of an idea. Let's do it!

  8. Moira Manion says:

    >Thank you, Roger. I appreciate your taking the time to do that search! I'll call round to find out which Borders and which B&N (I had been informed that none of them carried it any more). I'm afraid I don't do business at Common Good Books.

  9. Anonymous says:


    Did you ask your local public library's librarian or just check the catalog? My public library doesn't catalog The Horn Book. It doesn't circulate and it doesn't show up in their database. They have it in the back as a reference for themselves, but they don't like to share it, the greedy beggars. However, if you can find a real live librarian– a real live Child or YA librarian, the regular reference librarians haven't heard of it, AND you back them into a corner with a gimlet eye, sometimes they cough it up for you to read in the library. That's what I do!

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