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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, April 14th-18th

This week on hbook.com…April's Notes from the Horn Book: Five questions for Cynthia Leitich Smith, YA fantasy sequels, picture books about the big city, reading for National Poetry Month, and intermediate books about wartimeReviews of the Week: Picture Book: Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood; illus. by Claudia...
      

April Notes on the way

Vampires, werepeople, and yetis — oh my! In this month's Notes from the Horn Book newsletter, I get to ask Cynthia Leitich Smith five questions about her (ahem) tantalizing new series Feral, a spin-off to her Tantalize quartet. Other goodies in this issue:• more YA fantasy sequels• picture books about...
      

Five questions for Cynthia Leitich Smith

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Cynthia Leitich Smith's urban fantasy series the Tantalize quartet did indeed tantalize readers with its vampire-themed eatery Sanguini's: A Very Rare Restaurant (and, of course, the vampires and other supernatural beings involved therein). Her latest novel, Feral Curse (Candlewick, 13–16 years), is the second book in the Tantalize spinoff series...
      

From the Editor - April 2014

We're in our new home on the grounds of Simmons College, and I must say what a pleasure it is to be surrounded by children's book–friendly folk and good lunch places. I'm especially happy to strengthen our partnership with Simmons's Center for the Study of Children's Literature. On May 14th,...
      

Life during wartime

War wreaks havoc on civilians, soldiers, and those they leave behind. Nevertheless, the following four works of historical fiction epitomize the WWII Britain motto: "Keep Calm and Carry On."Four years ago, Alfie Summerfield's dad, Georgie, signed up to fight in WWI. For a while, letters came regularly; then they stopped...
      

April is National Poetry Month

Preschool-perfect nursery rhymes, a potpourri of new-reader-friendly seasonal verse, a presidential history lesson in rhyme, and a picture book biography about a famous poet — these new books offer unique avenues for celebrating National Poetry Month.Editor and illustrator David McPhail's My Mother Goose: A Collection of Favorite Rhymes is an...
      

YA fantasy you've been waiting for

Every fantasy fan knows the exquisite agony of anticipating the next entry in a favorite series — particularly if that entry will be the last. These four new novels continue (and in some cases, complete) popular series.In The Cracks in the Kingdom, the follow-up to Jaclyn Moriarty's BGHB Fiction Award...
      

Big-city picture books

Visiting big cities can foster both excitement and anxiety. Whether young children are already well traveled or just curious about new places, these four picture books can provide them with excellent armchair tours of New York City and Europe.A little girl traveling on the subway counts from one ("1 MetroCard")...
      

Books mentioned in the April 2014 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Cynthia Leitich SmithTantalize, Eternal, Blessed, and Diabolical [Tantalize], all by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Candlewick, 13–16 years.Feral Nights and Feral Curse [Feral], both by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Candlewick, 13–16 years.YA fantasy you've been waiting forA Corner of White and The Cracks in the Kingdom [Colors of Madeleine], both...

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