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Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book was a quarterly supplement to our monthly e-newsletter Notes from the Horn Book. Nonfiction Notes provided recommendations of recently published nonfiction books, by topic, across grade levels, ability levels, and all areas of interest. All reviews are from The Horn Book Guide. The Common Core State Standards Initiative...
      

Molly Idle on Flora and the Flamingo

Here's where Roger Talks with Molly Idle.In the July/August 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Elissa Gershowitz asked Flora and the Flamingo author/illustrator Molly Idle where Flora gets her groove. Read the starred review here.Elissa Gershowitz: Is there music in your head to accompany the story? (I hear the Sugar Plum...
      

Review of Flora and the Flamingo

Flora and the Flamingoby Molly Idle; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Chronicle    40 pp.3/13    978-1-4521-1006-6    $16.99A little girl, a pink flamingo, some decorative cherry blossoms, and singular lift-the-flaps contribute to a unique wordless picture book. On the title-page spread, a flamingo gracefully touches down en pointe. The next spread shows...
      

Review of Romeo Blue

Romeo Blueby Phoebe StoneIntermediate     Levine/Scholastic     350 pp.6/13     978-0-545-44360-9     $16.99e-book ed. 978-0-545-52070-6     $16.99Romeo Blue is the best sort of sequel: one you didn’t know you wanted but are ever so grateful to have. Its predecessor, The Romeo and Juliet Code (rev. 3/11), ended with British ex-pat Flissy content in sleepy Bottlebay,...
      

Review of Niño Wrestles the World

Niño Wrestles the Worldby Yuyi Morales; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary     Porter/Roaring Brook     40 pp.6/13     978-1-59643-604-6     $16.99     gPint-sized Niño, fearless luchador, Popsicle enthusiast, and reluctantly attentive big brother, dons his red mask (he’s already wearing his orange and yellow sneakers and blue-waistbanded tighty-whities), ready...
      

Review of Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron

Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyronby Mary Losure; illus. by Timothy Basil EringIntermediate, Middle School     Candlewick     170 pp.3/13     978-0-7636-5669-0     $16.99e-book ed. 978-0-7636-6369-8     $16.99The early-nineteenth-century feral child who inspired Truffaut’s L’Enfant Sauvage as well as Mordicai Gerstein’s YA novel Victor and picture book...
      

Review of Far Far Away

Far Far Awayby Tom McNealMiddle School, High School     Knopf     373 pp.6/13     978-0-375-84972-5     $17.99Library ed. 978-0-375-94972-2     $20.99     ge-book ed. 978-0-375-89698-9     $10.99Sprightly, assured, and original, this story blends a small-town, middle-American, twentieth-century setting with the learned realms of the Brothers Grimm and their nineteenth-century...
      

From The Guide: Historical Fiction for Teens

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Good historical fiction engages readers with different times, places, people, and cultures while still resonating today. In young adult books, this means raising issues that are universal for teens of any generation: overcoming social expectations, coming of age amidst struggle, and understanding one’s identity and place in the world. Here...
      

2013 ALA Round-Up

Caldecott cookie.Suffering from ALA withdrawal? (Or maybe envy?) The Horn Book is here to help — we've got plenty of coverage of this year's events. For even more, check out the July/August 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.Profile of Caldecott Award winner Jon Klassen by his friend and collaborator...
      

Newbery 2013

On the one hand, it was a very good year for children’s books. The number of books that fit the Newbery’s definition of  “distinguished contribution to American literature for children” was, to my mind, unusually extensive. What they all had in common  was their excellence; in other ways, from genre...

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