Jennifer Lu

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Evaluating nonfiction: At War with the Empire

To better understand the criteria for judging children's books, I started reading frequent Horn Book Magazine contributor Kathleen T. Horning's From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Books. In the second chapter, Horning considers "books of information."Around the same time, author Gerry Hunt and illustrator Matthew Griffin's graphic novel...

Jack Gantos at the Simmons Summer Institute

Photo by Jennifer Lu.To conclude the 2013 Children's Literature Institute at Simmons, local author and Newbery Award winner Jack Gantos spoke about the first and last love letters a person writes and receives.According to Gantos, "the first love letters are the ones you write to yourself." As a child, he...

A Black Hole Is Not a Hole audiobook review

I was curious how Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano’s A Black Hole Is NOT a Hole (Listening Library, May 2013) would translate as an audiobook. The print book (Charlesbridge, February 2012), which received a starred review in the Horn Book Magazine’s May/June 2012 issue, was praised for its use of “reasoning and...

Writing about writing

Around the same time, two books about writing arrived at the Horn Book office. Always keen to brush up on my writing skills, I was curious to find out what advice these books would offer.As screamed from a large toothy mouth gracing the cover, This Is Not A Writing Manual...

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