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[See also our Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book archives]   2020 January 2020 Five questions for Kacen Callender Sense of place Intergenerational warmth and wisdom Fascinating figures from twentieth-century history From the Editor February 2020 Five questions for A.S. King about Dig. ALA Awards 2020: Horn Book reviews of...
      

Week in Review, March 9th-13th

This week on hbook.com…We were saddened to hear of the deaths of authors Mal Peet and Sir Terry Pratchett. Tim Wynne-Jones remembers his friend Mal, a "Whimsical Alchemist." Horn Booker Siân writes about Sir Terry's ability to find "beauty in the absurd."  Read Sir Terry's 2009 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction...
      

From the Editor – March 2015

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign is doing a great job of helping us (by which I mean children’s book professionals of all sorts) keep to the fore of our attention the need not just for books that articulate a multitude of experiences, but diverse creators to create them and diverse readers to...
      

Books mentioned in the March 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Neal ShustermanChallenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, illus. by Brendan Shusterman, HarperTeen, 14 years and up.Truth, lies, and secretsThings I’ll Never Say: Stories of Our Secret Selves, ed. by Ann Angel, Candlewick, 12–16 years.There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake, Bloomsbury, 14 years and up.The Truth Commission by...
      

Five questions for Neal Shusterman

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Brendan and Neal Shusterman.Neal Shusterman's novel Challenger Deep (HarperTeen, 14 years and up) is a swirling, surrealistic look inside the mind of one teen, Caden, who is struggling with mental illness. Chapters narrated by Caden alternate between a bizarre shipboard setting and the world we know, all viewed through the...
      

Truth, lies, and secrets

Adolescence is a time of self-discovery — and of deciding how much of that self to reveal to others. These new YA books explore themes of honesty and dishonesty, secret selves and public personas.When compiling the book Things I'll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves, editor Ann Angel asked...
      

Have you heard?

Audiobook versions of these intermediate and middle-school books — two in verse, one incorporating archival materials, and one light family story — give listeners a whole new way to immerse themselves in their engrossing tales.The Crossover's protagonist, Josh "Filthy McNasty" Bell, is a star basketball player along with his twin...
      

Women's History Month 2015

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In these picture-book biographies perfect for Women's History Month, young women blaze trails and battle bigotry. From baseball and art to environmentalism and education, these leaders and their triumphs are to be celebrated.Emily Arnold McCully's Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story introduces a young woman who, at the...
      

Sibling rivalry

As every big sibling knows, having a little brother or sister can be…complicated. One minute they're acting "slippery as a snake's belly in a mudslide," the next they're protecting you from things that go bump in the night. The following picture books capture this ever-shifting sibling dynamic.Gemma & Gus welcomes...

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