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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...
      

Fiction Reviews of 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

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 Fiction WinnerCartwheeling in Thunderstormsby Katherine RundellMiddle School   Simon   248 pp.8/14   978-1-4424-9061-1   $16.99e-book ed. 978-1-4424-9063-5   $10.99Will (short for Wilhelmina), the only daughter of William Silver, white foreman of the Two Tree Hill Farm in Zimbabwe, leads a “wildcat” life with her Shona best friend Simon, filled with good rich mud, lemons...
      

Reviews of the 2015 CSK Author Award winners

Winner: Brown Girl Dreamingby Jacqueline WoodsonIntermediate, Middle School     Paulsen/Penguin     328 pp.8/14     978-0-399-25251-8     $16.99 gHere is a memoir-in-verse so immediate that readers will feel they are experiencing the author’s childhood right along with her. It starts out somewhat slowly, with Woodson relying on others’ memories to relate her (1963) birth and...
      

Reviews of the 2015 Newbery Award winners

Winner:The Crossoverby Kwame AlexanderIntermediate, Middle School   Houghton   235 pp.3/14   978-0-544-10771-7   $16.99   gJosh and Jordan (JB), identical twin sons of former basketball phenom Chuck “Da Man” Bell, are ball legends themselves, and they aren’t yet thirteen; Josh is the only middle schooler around who can dunk, JB has a mean three-point...
      

Reviews of the 2015 Caldecott Award winners

Winner:The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat; illus. by the authorPrimary    Little, Brown    40 pp.4/14     978-0-316-19998-8     $17.00Imaginary friend Beekle waits and waits for a child to think him into existence. When it doesn't happen, Beekle sails off to the real world — a city full of boring...
      

Reviews of the 2015 Sibert Award winners

Winner: The Right Word:Roget and His Thesaurusby Jen Bryant; illus. by Melissa SweetPrimary     Eerdmans    48 pp.9/14     978-0-8028-5385-1     $17.50Apt language and ingenious imagery combine to tell the life story of Peter Mark Roget, creator of the thesaurus. A solitary, though not unhappy, child, Roget spends his time keeping...
      

Reviews of the 2015 Batchelder Award winners

Winner:Mikis and the Donkeyby Bibi Dumon Tak; illus. by Philip Hopman; trans. from the Dutch by Laura WatkinsonPrimary, Intermediate   Eerdmans   93 pp.10/14   978-0-8028-5430-8   $13.00Setting the stage on the island of Corfu, Hopman’s atmospheric opening illustrations pan in from aerial view to village to Mikis’s grandpa under a sycamore tree with...
      

Reviews of the 2015 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

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Winner:Viva Fridaby Yuyi Morales; illus. by the author with photos by Tim O’MearaPrimary, Intermediate  Porter/Roaring Brook  40 pp.9/14   978-1-59643-603-9   $17.99   gThere have been several books for young readers about Frida Kahlo, but none has come close to the emotional aesthetic Morales brings to her subject, as a Mexican artist herself...
      

Review of Brown Girl Dreaming

 Brown Girl Dreamingby Jacqueline WoodsonIntermediate, Middle School    Paulsen/Penguin328 pp.    8/14    978-0-399-25251-8    $16.99    gHere is a memoir-in-verse so immediate that readers will feel they are experiencing the author’s childhood right along with her. It starts out somewhat slowly, with Woodson relying on others’ memories to relate her (1963) birth and infancy...
      

Review of Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America

Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed Americaby Russell FreedmanMiddle School    Holiday    83 pp.8/14    978-0-8234-2921-9    $20.00e-book ed.  978-0-8234-3263-9    $20.00With characteristically clear prose sprinkled liberally with primary source quotes and carefully selected photographs, Freedman documents the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march that featured the horrific Bloody Sunday confrontation between...

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