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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...
      

Common Ground

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As a historian, author, and longtime advocate for nonfiction, there are many things I like about the Common Core English/Language Arts Standards: their focus on historiography and authorial point of view, their mission of training young people to be problem-solvers, their validation of nonfiction-lovers’ passion for the genre. In this...
      

Five questions for Libba Bray

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Photo: Vania StoyanovaLibba Bray sure gets around. The last we saw of her she was playing Survivor with a bunch of Beauty Queens (Scholastic, 14–17 years) on a mysterious island; before that she was Going Bovine (Delacorte, 14–17 years) on a crazy road trip across the country accompanied by a...
      

Ghosts and zombies, weirdness and gore

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The following books offer chills and thrills with some laughs thrown in for good measure. What more do middle-graders and middle-schoolers need come October 31st?Invisible Inkling: Dangerous Pumpkins by Emily Jenkins picks up the story of fourth-grade Brooklynite Hank Wolowitz and his bandipat friend Inkling (an invisible, endangered, pumpkin-loving creature)....
      

Books mentioned in the October 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

5 Questions for Libba BrayBeauty Queens by Libba Bray, Scholastic, 14–17 years.Going Bovine by Libba Bray, Delacorte, 14–17 years.The Diviners by Libba Bray, Little, 14–17 years.More left-of-center fantasyTeam Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan, HarperTeen, 14–17 years.The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry, Amulet/Abrams, 14–17 years.Such Wicked Intent by...
      

From the Editor - October 2012

If your library is anything like the ones I worked in years ago, there were two types of holiday books we could never keep on the shelves regardless of season. Christmas books went out all year round, and books about monsters, ghouls, the Great Pumpkin and anything with a “scary...
      

Diseased bodies, blood, and bones

Sounds like the makings for a horror movie or witch’s brew. However, the topics covered in four new nonfiction books are less gory than they are invitations to broaden readers’ understanding of the history of humankind.HP Newquist’s The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins provides...
      

Spooks, and ninjas, and vampires—oh my!

Who needs candy? These four new treats will satisfy picture book fans hungry for Halloween fun.While delivering invitations to his Halloween party, ghost Oliver, star of Leo Landry’s Trick or Treat, doesn’t notice when one slips away and floats down to two boys. When “a little cow and a little...
      

Left-of-center supernatural fantasy

This time of year, vampires, zombies, and other things that go bump in the night — already omnipresent in YA fantasy — get an extra workout. These new novels are no mere creature features, though, presenting carefully crafted dark fantasy worlds and nuanced “monsters” more like us than we might...

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