From the Editor - January 2021

Though we won’t miss 2020 (good riddance), we will miss the world that Megan Whalen Turner created in her Queen’s Thief series, complete with political maneuvering, backstabbing, power grabs...oh, wait. World-building was perfected by Turner, and is used to great effect in these recent YA titles. If kindhearted skunks and grumpy badgers are, currently, more your speed, escape to the comfort of animal fantasy chapter books. And if STEM is on your at-home, in-person, or hybrid curriculum, enjoy these nonfiction middle-grade titles. Trust science — it’ll get us out of at least one of our messes.

Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons University and a BA from Oberlin College.

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