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Archives for October 2015

The Skunk

I admit to being a leeetle unsure of what to make of this one. In an SLJ interview, author Mac Barnett was less than definitive: “What is The Skunk about? Is it a comedy? A romance? A ghost story? A tale of paranoia? An allegory of trauma?” And the Kirkus review called it “peculiar, perplexing, and […]

Don Brown on Drowned City

In our September/October issue, reviewer Betty Carter asked Don Brown, author/illustrator of nonfiction graphic novel Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans, about what we can learn from the events of Hurricane Katrina. Read the full starred review of Drowned City here. Betty Carter: So many of your books cover a pivotal moment in American […]

Review of Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School   Houghton   96 pp. 8/15   978-0-544-15777-4   $18.99 To date, the majority of children’s and young adult books about Hurricane Katrina are microcosmic stories or accounts of a single person or family. Here, in powerful comic-book format, Brown delivers the […]

Halloween 2015: tricks and treats for all ages

“When witches clean their closets out / and find their riding brooms…” You know it’s Halloween! Here are some recommended new books from The Horn Book that are sure to please trick-or-treaters of all ages. Tiny pumpkins: Board book roundup fall 2015: Halloween books for toddlers Little ghosties: Horn Boo! 2015: recommended new picture books […]

Review of Mothman’s Curse

Mothman’s Curse by Christine Hayes; illus. by James K. Hindle Intermediate, Middle School   Roaring Brook   311 pp. 6/15   978-1-62672-027-5   $15.99 e-book ed. 978-1-62672-028-2   $9.99 Spine-tingling mystery meets small-town gossip in this ghost story set in Athens, Ohio, “the most haunted town in America.” Josie Fletcher and her scheming brother Fox are no strangers to the […]

Who do your students see reading?

At a recent literacy training that I facilitated, we began the session by asking all of the participants to read for fifteen minutes. The room fell silent as everyone began reading a book or other text of their choice. As the sound of pages turning spread through the room, there was a quiet energy as […]

Books mentioned in the October 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Research and information science Bailer, Darice  Will and Wendy Build a Website with Digital Tools [Writing Builders series] Illustrated by Sean O’Neill Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Norwood     2013 Library binding ISBN 978-1-59953-584-5 Paperback ISBN 978-1-60357-558-4 Info Wise series Bodden, Valerie  Analyze and Define the Assignment Middle school, high school     40 pp.     Lerner     2015 Library binding […]

Ancient and medieval history

Bergin, Mark  Castle Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Book House McCall, Henrietta  Mummies Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Book House McCall, Henrietta  Pyramid Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Book House Time Shift series. These books provide information relating to structures and customs of ancient and medieval times. Colorful illustrations use split pages to capture scene changes, while the […]

Pop culture

Anderson, Jennifer Joline  Miley Cyrus: Pop Princess Middle school, high school     112 pp.    ABDO/Essential Library Burling, Alexis  Pharrell Williams: Grammy-Winning Singer, Songwriter & Producer Middle school, high school     112 pp.   ABDO/Essential Library Lusted, Marcia Amidon  Blake Shelton: Country Singer & TV Personality Middle school, high school     112 pp.   ABDO/Essential Library Contemporary Lives series. Generously illustrated […]

Vehicles

Apelqvist, Eva  Getting Ready to Drive: A How-To Guide Middle school, high school     128 pp.     Enslow Life: A How-To Guide series. Apelqvist provides a concise yet thorough overview of the considerations made when preparing to drive. Chapters touch on large issues (e.g., rules of the road) along with smaller sub-topics, from learning disabilities to how […]