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[See also our Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book archives]   2021 January 2021 Five questions for Megan Whalen Turner YA world building Primary animal fantasy chapter books Intermediate STEM From the Editor February 2021 Five questions for Frank Morrison Black history, American history Middle-grade sci-fi/fantasy for Black History Month...
      

Books mentioned in the February 2013 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Two and one-half questions for Michael Grant and Katherine ApplegateEve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate, Feiwel, 11 years and up.Love among the ruins: romance in YA fictionAsk the Passengers by A.S. King, Little, 13 years and up.Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Coloumbis, Random, 13 years...
      

From the editor - February 2013

Among her roundup of YA love stories, Shara Hardeson may have found the precious few published these days that don’t have a supernatural or science fictional element. You might be old enough to remember thirty years ago when teen romances were the paranormals of their day, with youth librarians everywhere...
      

Middle-school reading for Black History Month

Four recent nonfiction books about African American trailblazers provide plenty to discuss during Black History Month — or any time of year.Zora Neale Hurston presents a challenge to any biographer because she so often lied about herself in print, beginning with her birth date. In Zora!: The Life of Zora...
      

Down on the farm

Anyone who does preschool story times — or has a preschooler at home — knows there can never be enough farm animal books.Brett Helquist’s Grumpy Goat makes Sunny Acres farm an unpleasant place to live. But then he comes across a little yellow flower in a field. As he begins...
      

Board books and flap books galore

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These four pairs of fingers-friendly books provide the youngest children plenty of opportunities to explore and learn about their surroundings and themselves.Stephen Krensky and Sara Gillingham’s I Can Do It Myself! and Now I Am Big! board books celebrate the increasing independence of toddlers and their pride in accomplishment. In...
      

Love among the ruins: romance in YA fiction

Understanding the emotional and sexual complexities of romantic relationships often comes through a gradual process of education, experimentation, and rehearsal, and coincides with all the other anxieties, epiphanies, and firsts of adolescence. These four distinctive novels present young love amid the tumult.In A. S. King’s Ask the Passengers, Astrid would...
      

Two and one-half questions for Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant

Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant coauthored (pseudonymously) the Animorphs series back in the 1990s; both husband and wife went onto successful solo careers, with Grant authoring the popular Gone series and the recent BZRK, and Applegate most recently winning the Newbery Medal for The One and Only Ivan. Eve &...

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