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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...
      

June's Notes is here!

In the June issue of Notes from the Horn Book, Martha Parravano talks with author Ann M. Martin about her new middle-grade novel Better to Wish. You'll also find- more middle-grade family novels- picture books- folklore and fairy tales from around the world- brand-new YA dystopian societiesYou can read the...
      

From the editor — June 2013

Dan Brown’s Inferno is not going to last me much longer, so I’m glad Katie Bircher and Elissa Gershowitz have put together the Horn Book’s annual Summer Reading Recommendations. There are choices for all tastes and ages here (and adults shouldn’t miss Eleanor & Park, a swoony and literate YA...
      

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

Five questions for Ann M. MartinBetter to Wish [Family Tree] by Ann M. Martin, Scholastic, 10–14 years.Middle-grade family storiesThe Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata; illus. by Julia Kuo, Atheneum, 10–14 years.The Romeo and Juliet Code and Romeo Blue by Phoebe Stone, Levine/Scholastic, 10–14 years.One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be...
      

Five questions for Ann M. Martin

photo by Dion OgustAnn Martin fans, rejoice: she’s back, with an addictive new middle-grade series. Readers will find familiar hallmarks of Martin’s earlier work: the intimacy with which readers get to know the characters; the amount of emotion conveyed through small incidents. But in other ways, this series is quite...
      

Middle-grade family stories

The thing about family is that it can be unpredictable. These four new books present families from different eras in all their unique and messy complexities.In Cynthia Kadohata’s funny but poignant The Thing About Luck, twelve-year-old narrator Summer lives with her brother, parents, and grandparents in contemporary Kansas. Her parents,...
      

New dystopian worlds to explore

What makes for better summer reading than a page-turning thriller? Four recent titles introduce young adult readers to brand-new dystopian societies and their courageous teen rebels.In Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave, aliens have invaded Earth and killed seven billion humans in waves of systematic attacks. Sixteen-year-old survivor Cassie prepares herself...
      

World folklore and fairy tales

From the depths of the jungles to Middle Eastern marketplaces to magical fairy forests, the following books span diverse settings. The stories illustrate just how effectively narrative can represent and transmit different cultures’ traditions, heritage, mythos, and history.In Odile Weulersse’s Nasreddine, Mustafa and his son Nasreddine set out for the...
      

Just imagine

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Pretend play can be a quiet and contemplative activity for one or a boisterous group effort. Four new picture books successfully capture the fluid boundary between real and imaginary in the minds of young children.Pint-sized Niño, fearless luchador, Popsicle enthusiast, and reluctantly attentive big brother, dons his red mask and...

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