Katrina Hedeen

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New HB Guide Online reviews September 2019

As I hope you all know, the Horn Book Guide Online now publishes reviews of recommended books every month. Just this week we’ve added over a hundred more reviews to the database, as well as updated the (free!) content on the homepage: right now we’re featuring the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn...

YA anthologies and you

Four recent anthologies that celebrate racial, cultural, and religious identities (among others) help address the need for teens to see both themselves — and a spectrum of their peers — represented on shelves.  In Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America, compiler Ibi Zoboi presents seventeen short stories by an impressive collection...

New HB Guide Online reviews August 2019

Here we are again! We’ve just added close to 200 new reviews to the revamped Horn Book Guide Online. In fact, you can now expect updates to this super-spiffy review database every month going forward (as opposed to every other month on the old site). And, as we add reviews each...

Reviews added to the (new!) HB Guide Online July 2019

We’re excited to announce our first batch of new reviews since the launch of the new Horn Book Guide Online! Among the newly uploaded reviews in the database are excerpted Horn Book Magazine reviews, more titles from the Horn Book’s summer reading list, and the remaining 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book...

Review of Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Darius the Great Is Not Okayby Adib KhorramHigh School    Dial    313 pp.    g8/18    978-0-5255-5296-3    $17.99 Sophomore Darius Kellner doesn’t fit in at his Oregon high school, where he’s bullied by Trent Bolger and his “Soulless Minions of Orthodoxy.” But Darius also doesn’t fit comfortably in his own life due to clinical...

Review of Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti

Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Alberto and Diego Giacomettiby Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan; illus. by Hadley HooperPrimary, Intermediate    Porter/Holiday    64 pp.    g4/19    978-0-8234-4170-9    $21.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4224-9    $16.99Experts at accessibly describing art and exploring the often-complex lives of its creators, Greenberg and Jordan (most recently Meet Cindy Sherman, rev....

Review of We’ll Fly Away

We’ll Fly Awayby Bryan BlissHigh School    Greenwillow    408 pp.5/18    978-0-06-249427-6    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-249429-0    $8.99When best friends Luke and Toby were kids, they tried to fix up a crop duster they found abandoned in the woods outside their rural North Carolina town, fantasizing it could one day fly them out of...

Review of Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten

Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cottenby Laura Veirs; illus. by Tatyana FazlalizadehPrimary    Chronicle    48 pp.1/18    978-1-4521-4857-1    $17.99In this picture-book biography of folk musician Elizabeth Cotten (1893–1987), a straightforward narrative describes her modest upbringing in rural North Carolina, where “Libba” taught herself to play her brother’s right-handed guitar despite...

Summer listening

These recent speculative fiction favorites are now available as audiobooks — just in time for summer, when teens may be seeking escapist vacation listening or entertainment on that epic road trip with friends.In Kristin Cashore's Jane, Unlimited, recently bereaved Jane is unexpectedly invited to spend the weekend at a mysterious...

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