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Horn Book Magazine Starred Reviews, September/October 2012

The following books will receive starred reviews in the September/October issue of The Horn Book Magazine.


This Not My Hat; by Jon Klassen (Candlewick)

Machines Go to Work in the City; by William Low (Holt)

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)

Penny and Her Doll; by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow)

A Certain October; by Angela Johnson (Simon)

 The Brides of Rollrock Island; by Margo Lanagan (Knopf)

 Little White Duck: A Childhood in China; by Na Liu and Andrés Vera Martínez; illus. by Andrés Vera Martínez (Graphic Universe/Lerner)

Lulu and the Duck in the Park; by Hilary McKay; illus. by Priscilla Lamont (Whitman)

 What Came from the Stars; by Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion)

 Liar & Spy; by Rebecca Stead (Lamb/Random)

Island: A Story of the Galápagos; by Jason Chin (Porter/Roaring Brook)

Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller; by Doreen Rappaport; illus. by Matt Tavares(Hyperion/Disney)

 The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity; by Elizabeth Rusch (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. Steffaney Smith says:

    Thanks for the “heads up” on starred reviews for Sept/Oct. I am still waiting on receiving an August School Library Journal, so feel a bit behind on the recommended books, to say nothing of what Fall publishing is bringing! My problem is what will have to be discarded in the J & YA fiction to make room for all the great novels from 2011 & 2012. Eventually the new reads on display have to fit in the bookshelves! I’m sure 2013 will bring the same challenges. But, oh, Roger, how I am clinging to Lois Lenski, esp. the New England related titles (I’m down to only 4 now!), despite Children’s Core Collection eliminating her!

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