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Archives for January 2016

Week in Review, January 25th-29th

This week on… January’s Horn Book Herald, special 2016 ALA Awards edition: 5Q for Jerry Pinkney, our reviews of honored books, and lots of web extras January’s Nonfiction Notes: Immigration; customs and lifestyles; inspiring athletes; investigating crime; psychology and mindfulness Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Red Hat by David Teague; 
illus. by Antoinette […]

Pigment app review

Coloring is cool these days. Really, coloring is cool any time. But what’s a budding artist to do on the go? If you want to color, but you don’t want to carry around all your coloring books, your colored pencils, your paint and brushes, there’s a solution: Pigment (Pixite LLC, 2015; iOS only). You can […]

Review of The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & the 
Trial of the Century

The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & the 
Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller Middle School   Schwartz & Wade/Random   284 pp. 1/16   978-0-553-49808-0   $17.99 Library ed. 978-0-553-49809-7   $20.99   g e-book ed. 978-0-553-49810-3   $10.99 Lizzie Borden took an axe, / Gave her mother forty whacks. / When she saw what she had done, / She gave […]

Books mentioned in the January 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Immigration Freedman, Russell  Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain Chinese poems translated by Evans Chan. Gr. 4–6     81 pp.     Clarion     2014 Trade ISBN 978-0-547-90378-1 Harrison, Geoffrey C. and Scott, Thomas F.  New Americans Gr. 4–6     48 pp.   Norwood   2013 Library binding ISBN 978-1-59953-591-3 Nazario, Sonia  Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to […]

Windows and mirrors | Class #2, 2016

Please join the adolescent lit class at HGSE as we discuss three recent YA books for our second class on February 2. The students are required to comment on one of the readings, but we hope any of you who have read one of these will want to join our discussion on these individual posts: […]

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian | Class #2, 2016

In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie tells Junior’s story with lots of humor but pulls no punches in depicting the brutal truths of alcoholism, poverty, and bigotry both on and off the reservation. In his article “Why the Best Kids Books Are Written in Blood,” Alexie talks about the importance […]

Eleanor and Park | Class #2, 2016

Rainbow Rowell’s nontraditional romance novel Eleanor and Park portrays a young love that is genuine in its intimacy and awkwardness, as well as the painful realities of life that are well beyond the control of the young protagonists. What are the universal themes of this book distinctly set in the 1980s, and what elements are […]

Brown Girl Dreaming | Class #2, 2016

Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming is a coming-of-age memoir in eloquent free verse. Consider how form and voice reflect the young girl’s discovery of self and the world around her.

Psychology and mindfulness

Barron, T. A. The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life Gr. 4–6, middle school     74 pp.     Philomel This book of advice, adapted from the author’s 2013 Oxford University address, is presented as a conversational visit with the famous wizard Merlin. Summarizing life’s experiences and mysteries in a few simple words, […]

Investigating crime

Eldridge, Stephen Trace Evidence: Dead People Do Tell Tales Gr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     Enslow Faulk, Michelle Gun Crimes: Dead People Do Tell Tales Gr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     Enslow Latta, Sara L. Bones: Dead People Do Tell Tales Gr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     Enslow Latta, Sara L. Cybercrime: Data Trails […]