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Reviews of 2016 Mind the Gap Award winners

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. Our annual Mind the Gap Awards pay tribute to our favorite books that didn’t win. Here's how we reviewed our 2016 winners. The Bear Ate Your Sandwichby Julia Sarcone-Roach; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary   Knopf   40 pp.1/15   978-0-375-85860-4   $16.99   ge-book ed. 978-0-307-98242-1  ...

Fiction Reviews of 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Fiction Winner The Lie Treeby Frances HardingeMiddle School, High School    Amulet/Abrams    378 pp.4/16    978-1-4197-1895-3    $17.95Everything in this audacious novel is on the cusp or in limbo, setting up delicious tensions and thematic riches. The time is nineteenth-century England just after Darwin’s theory of evolution has thrown the scientific world into...

Reviews of the 2016 Sibert Award winners

Winner: Funny Bones: Posada and His Day 
of the Dead Calaverasby Duncan Tonatiuh; 
illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate Abrams 40 pp.8/15 978-1-4197-1647-8 $18.95Artist José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1915) didn’t invent calaveras, the iconic skeletons associated with Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration, but they attained their greatest popularity during the twenty-four...

Reviews of the 2016 Belpré Author Award winners

Winner:Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoirby Margarita EngleMiddle School   Atheneum   195 pp.8/15   978-1-4814-3522-2   $17.99   ge-book ed. 978-1-4814-3524-6   $10.99Well known for her portrayals of historic Cubans in verse novels such as The Surrender Tree (rev. 7/08) and The Poet Slave of Cuba (rev. 7/06), Engle explores her own past...

Letter to the Editor from Lydia Gagliano, July/August 2015

July/August 2015 Horn BookRegarding Jacqueline Woodson’s Coretta Scott King Author Award acceptance speech: I’m not at all certain why Ms. Woodson thought it important to label the young reporter who interviewed her at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival as “white.” She then follows this with a bit of mind-reading, saying...

Review of Noah Webster: Man of Many Words

Noah Webster: Man of Many Wordsby Catherine ReefMiddle School, High School   Clarion   214 pp.8/15   978-0-544-12983-2   $18.99   gThink of what it would be like to create the first American dictionary: selecting the words, including those used in science and math as well as those from everyday speech; determining spelling, such as...

Review of Another Day

Another Dayby David LevithanMiddle School, High School   Knopf   327 pp.8/15   978-0-385-75620-4   $17.99Library ed. 978-0-385-75621-1   $20.99   ge-book ed. 978-0-385-75622-8   $10.99In Every Day (rev. 11/12), we heard from “A,” a gender-neutral sixteen-year-old character who wakes up in a different body each morning. As readers may recall, the day A inhabited Justin, s/he...

James E. Ransome on Granddaddy’s Turn

In our July/August issue, reviewer Robin Smith asked James Ransome about the challenge of illustrating difficult subject matter — specifically, voting disenfranchisement — for picture-book readers in Granddaddy's Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box. Read the full review of Granddaddy's Turn here.Robin Smith: How do you convey the seriousness...

Review of Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box

Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Boxby Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein; illus. by James E. RansomePrimary   Candlewick   32 pp.7/15   978-0-7636-6593-7   $16.99“Patience, son, patience.” That’s what the young narrator’s grandfather tells him as they wait for the fish to bite. That’s also what Granddaddy says when he puts...

Review of Shadows of Sherwood: A Robyn Hoodlum Adventure

Shadows of Sherwood: A Robyn Hoodlum Adventureby Kekla MagoonIntermediate, Middle School   Bloomsbury   359 pp.8/15   978-1-61963-634-7   $16.99   ge-book ed. 978-1-61963-635-4   $13.99When twelve-year-old Robyn Loxley sneaks out in search of a voltage adapter for her latest project, she has no idea that the junkyard’s guard dog will be the least of her...

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