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November/December starred reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine:

What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?; by Debi Gliori (Walker)

Little Tug; by Stephen Savage (Porter/Roaring Brook)

Abe Lincoln’s Dream; by Lane Smith (Roaring Brook)

Pinned; by Sharon G. Flake (Scholastic)

My Book of Life by Angel; by Martine Leavitt (Ferguson/Farrar)

Starry River of the Sky; by Grace Lin (Little, Brown)

Dodger; by Terry Pratchett (Harper/HarperCollins)

The McElderry Book of Mother Goose: Revered and Rare Rhymes; compiled and illustrated by Petra Mathers (McElderry)

Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin; by Robert Byrd  (Dial)

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon; by Steve Sheinkin (Flash Point/Roaring Brook)


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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.

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  1. […] Book Description: In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world’s most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb. It takes a lot of work to make a complicated subject clear and exciting, and from his prodigious research and storytelling skill, Sheinkin has created a nonfiction story young people will want to read. – Kirkus In his highly readable storytelling style, Sheinkin (The Notorious Benedict Arnold) weaves together tales of scientific and technological discovery, back-alley espionage, and wartime sabotage in a riveting account of the race to build the first atomic weapon…A must-read for students of history and science. – Publisher’s Weekly While the historical information and hard facts presented here will likely be new to the intended audience, they in no way overwhelm readers or detract from the thoroughly researched, well-documented account. It reads like an international spy thriller, and that’s the beauty of it. – School Library Journal This is edge-of-the seat material that will resonate with YAs who clamor for true spy stories, and it will undoubtedly engross a cross-market audience of adults who dozed through the World War II unit in high school. – The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books As he did in the 2011 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner The Notorious Benedict Arnold…Sheinkin here maintains the pace of a thriller without betraying history…or skipping over the science – The Horn Book […]

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