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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 2019 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 2019 winners.   A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes; illus. by the author Preschool    Greenwillow    40 pp.    g 9/18    978-0-06-266827-1    $18.99...
      

Reviews of the 2019 Geisel Award winners

WinnerFox the Tiger [I Can Read Book]by Corey R. Tabor; illus. by the authorPrimary     Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins     32 pp.8/18     978-0-06-239869-7    $16.99Paper ed. 978-0-06-239867-3      $4.99Fox thinks tigers are very cool, so he paints stripes on himself and "goes for a prowl." Soon Tiger meets Turtle, who wants to be a race...
      

Reviews of the 2019 Newbery Award winners

Winner Merci Suárez Changes Gearsby Meg MedinaIntermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    361 pp.    g9/18    978-0-7636-9049-6    $16.99Working-class Cuban American girl Mercedes “Merci” Suárez’s life in South Florida consists of spending time with her extended family and attending elite Seaward Pines Academy, where the sixth grader does community service to pay for her...
      

Reviews of the 2019 Caldecott Award winners

WinnerHello Lighthouseby Sophie Blackall; illus. by the authorPrimary    Little, Brown    48 pp.    g4/18    978-0-316-36238-2    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-316-36237-5    $9.99Blackall’s (Finding Winnie, rev. 9/15) picture book opens as a new keeper arrives to take up his solitary duties at a lighthouse “on the highest rock of a tiny island at the edge...
      

Review of Monday's Not Coming

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Monday’s Not Comingby Tiffany D. JacksonMiddle School, High School    Tegen/HarperCollins    440 pp.5/18    978-0-06-242267-5    $17.99e-book ed. 978-0-06-242269-9    $9.99It’s the end of the summer before eighth grade, and Claudia can’t wait to see her best friend, Monday. When she doesn’t hear from Monday in the days leading up to school, Claudia is...
      

Review of Tess of the Road audiobook

Tess of the Roadby Rachel Hartman; read by Katharine McEwanHigh School    Listening Library    Rev. 3/1813 CDs    16.27 hrs.    978-1-5247-7955-9    $70.00Narrated by McEwan in a crisply enunciated English accent, this fantasy (a companion to Hartman’s Seraphina, rev. 7/12) follows the anarchic Tess as the seventeen-year-old misfit almost ruins her twin sister’s...
      

Review of Betty Before X audiobook

Betty Before Xby Ilyasah Shabazz with Renée Watson; read by Ilyasah ShabazzIntermediate, Middle School    Macmillan Young Listeners    Rev. 3/184 CDs    4.5 hrs.    978-1-4272-9368-8    $29.99Long before she was the wife of Malcolm X, Betty Shabazz was a girl growing up in 1940s Detroit within a solid churchgoing community engaged in the...
      

Week in Review, August 27th - 31st

This week on hbook.com…From the July/August 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Publishers' Previews: Debut Authors: Adrienne Kisner, Allison Varnes, NoNieqa RamosReviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Princess and the Pit Stop by Tom Angleberger; illus. by Dan Santat Fiction: Sunny [Track] by Jason Reynolds Nonfiction: The Sinking of the Vasa by Russell...
      

Review of As You Wish audiobook

As You Wishby Chelsea Sedoti; read by Brian HutchisonHigh School    Recorded Books    Rev. 1/188 CDs    9.75 hrs.    978-1-5019-7224-9    $24.49In a Nevada desert town where everyone gets a wish on his or her eighteenth birthday (and it comes true), seventeen-year-old Eldon doesn’t know what to choose. What’s more, he’s convinced that...

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