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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...
      

Week in Review, June 9th-13th

This week on hbook.com…The Fault in Our Stars movie reviewRemembering publisher Frances Foster"Changing Times": Russell Freedman's Kerlan Award acceptance speechJune Notes from the Horn Book: five questions for Don Mitchell, Freedom Summer and Black History, bedtime books, wacky intermediate sci-fi, and middle-school graphic novels2014 Summer ReadingReviews of the Week: Picture...
      

June's Notes is here!

In June's edition of Notes from the Horn Book, we ask historian Don Mitchell about researching his new book The Freedom Summer Murders. You'll also find• more nonfiction about Freedom Summer and Black History• new going-to-bed books• wacky intermediate sci-fi• graphic novels for middle schoolersYou can read the issue online...
      

Graphic novels for middle schoolers

From poignant historical fiction to introspective coming-of-age tale, hilarious space caper to action-packed superhero story, four new graphic novels for middle schoolers showcase the range of the graphic novel format.In Gaijin: American Prisoner of War, thirteen-year-old Koji Miyamoto is living in San Francisco with his (white) mother when Japan attacks...
      

From the Editor — June 2014

On May 31st, I announced the winners of the 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards at the BookExpo convention in New York. The awards will be bestowed at a ceremony on October 10th at Simmons College; the next day brings the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, “Mind the Gaps: Books for...
      

To infinity and beyond!

Inquisitive intermediate readers travel into the great unknown with these four new sci-fi offerings (two of which are series openers) involving space exploration, inventions gone berserk, and UFOs.In Wendy Mass and Michael Brawer's Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight, eight-year-old Archie learns, on "Take Your Kid to Work Day," that his...
      

To sleep, perchance to dream

A lyrical bedtime reverie; an open-only-at-night library run by a little librarian; a toddler's pre-dawn escapades; and a kooky bedtime cruise: four new picture books help smooth the way from daytime activity to bedtime quiet.Simona Mulazzani's lush folk art in cozy nighttime colors lends a magical, drowsy atmosphere to Giovanna...
      

Freedom Summer and Black History

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Freedom Summer, a touchstone in the civil rights movement. The following nonfiction books highlight important turning points in African American history. And for more on Freedom Summer, read Kathleen T. Horning's Five Questions interview with Don Mitchell (author of the new The Freedom...
      

Five questions for Don Mitchell

Don Mitchell got his start as a legislative assistant for national security in the office of Senator John Glenn, about whom he then wrote a biography for young people, Liftoff: A Photobiography of John Glenn, which was followed by Driven: A Photobiography of Henry Ford (both National Geographic, 9–12 years)....
      

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

Five questions for Don MitchellLiftoff: A Photobiography of John Glenn by Don Mitchell, National Geographic, 9–12 years. Driven: A Photobiography of Henry Ford by Don Mitchell, National Geographic, 9–12 years.Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell, Scholastic, 14–17 years.Freedom Summer and Black HistoryFreedom Summer written by Deborah Wiles, illus. by Jerome...

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