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Publishers’ Previews

  Welcome to The Horn Book Magazine’s Publishers’ Previews, a special advertising supplement that appears in The Horn Book Magazine and allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. The Horn Book has been asking Five Questions of authors...

Reviews of 2017 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 2017 winners. The Airport Bookby Lisa Brown; illus. by the authorPrimary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp.5/16    978-1-62672-091-6    $17.99As an (interracial) family of four...

Reviews of the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Award Winner and Honor Books

Fiction and Poetry Winner The Hate U Giveby Angie ThomasHigh School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    453 pp.2/17    978-0-06-249853-3    $17.99Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter lives a life many African American teenagers can relate to: a life of double consciousness. Caught between her rough, predominantly black neighborhood and the “proper,” predominantly...

Review of Lion Island: Cuba's Warrior of Words

Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Wordsby Margarita EngleMiddle School    Atheneum    163 pp.8/16    978-1-4814-6112-2    $16.99    ge-book ed.  978-1-4814-6114-6    $10.99In this last chapter in her series of verse novels about the struggle “against forced labor in nineteenth-century Cuba” (The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano, rev. 7/06, and...

Review of If I Was Your Girl

If I Was Your Girlby Meredith RussoHigh School    Flatiron    290 pp.5/16    978-1-250-07840-7    $17.99    ge-book ed.  978-1-250-07842-1    $9.99After being beaten up in a mall bathroom, eighteen-year-old transgender woman Amanda goes to live with her previously unsupportive father in Lambertville, Tennessee, where no one knows her from her pre-transition life. Though she’s...

Reviews of the 2017 Batchelder Award winners

Winner:Cry, Heart, but Never Breakby Glenn Ringtved; illus. by 
Charlotte Pardi; trans. from the 
Danish by Robert MoulthropPrimary    Enchanted Lion    32 pp.3/16    978-1-59270-187-2    $16.95Four children encounter Death, who has arrived at their country house to claim their beloved grandmother (leaving his scythe outside the door, so as not to frighten...

Reviews of the 2017 CSK Author Award winners

Winner March: Book Threeby John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate PowellMiddle School, High School Top Shelf Productions 254 pp.8/16 978-1-60309-402-3 $19.99 gThis final volume (March: Book One, rev. 1/14; March: Book Two, rev. 5/15) includes the expected and necessary set pieces from the civil rights movement: the 1963...

Reviews of the 2017 Newbery Award winners

Winner:The Girl Who Drank the Moonby Kelly BarnhillIntermediate, Middle School Algonquin 388 pp.8/16 978-1-61620-567-6 $16.95Every year, the people of the Protectorate steel themselves for the Day of Sacrifice, when the elders take the city’s youngest baby and leave it in the woods to appease the witch — a witch no...

Review of Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

Goodbye Summer, 
Hello Autumnby Kenard Pak; illus. by the authorPreschool    Holt    32 pp.8/16    978-1-62779-415-2    $17.99    g“Hello, late summer morning,” says a young girl in a red scarf as she leaves her house on a double-page spread suffused in soft greens. She greets the trees, a variety of animals, flowers, thunder,...

Review of Dara Palmer's Major Drama

Dara Palmer’s Major Dramaby Emma Shevah; illus. by Helen Crawford-WhiteIntermediate    Sourcebooks Jabberwocky    282 pp.7/16    978-1-4926-3138-5    $16.99    gThough not a sequel to Shevah’s first novel, Dream On, Amber, this book is set at the same British elementary school and features another memorable narrator. Fifth grader Dara is genuinely gobsmacked when she...

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