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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...
      

Happy Halloween!

art by Abigail LarsonIt may not be known as "the most wonderful time of the year," but we happen to think Halloween-time is pretty great.If you haven't already heard about All Hallow's Read, it's definitely time you did! Created by Neil Gaiman in 2010, "All Hallow’s Read is a Hallowe’en...
      

Boo!

October's Notes from the Horn Book is all Halloween, all the time. Mwa-ha-ha-ha! In this issue, I ask vampire queen Holly Black five questions about her new YA novel, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Other treats in store for you:• more YA with dark, well-developed characters• silly Halloween picture books•...
      

Five questions for Holly Black

Holly Black’s many books for intermediate-level readers (Doll Bones, McElderry, 8–12 years; The Spiderwick Chronicles series with Tony DiTerlizzi, Simon, 8–12 years) and for young adults (the Modern Faerie Tales series, McElderry, 13–16 years; The Good Neighbors graphic novel series, Graphix/Scholastic, 13–16 years; the Curse Workers series, McElderry, 13–16 years)...
      

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

Five questions for Holly BlackDoll Bones written by Holly Black, illus. by Eliza Wheeler, McElderry, 8–12 years.The Spiderwick Chronicles series written by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, illus. by Tony DiTerlizzi, Simon, 8–12 years.Modern Faerie Tales series (Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside) by Holly Black, McElderry, 13–16 years.The Good Neighbors series...
      

More silly than spooky

Cheery colors, gentle humor, and friendly monsters (or pals in costume!) keep these picture books for the youngest trick-or-treaters light on tricks and heavy on treats.Halloween book meets counting book in Stephen Savage’s Ten Orange Pumpkins. Rhyming text counts down through a mildly “spooky night” as, one by one, nine...
      

Darkness inside

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Horror fans rejoice! In addition to plenty of thrills and chills, these four books for teens offer protagonists with complex motives and dark impulses.Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein follows Mary Godwin Shelley’s life from her infatuation with Percy Bysshe Shelley through their scandalous elopement, penury,...
      

Boo! Participation encouraged

An easy reader, a seek-and-find, and two poetry books bring Halloween silliness to early elementary readers. Eager participation is anticipated.“Scarlet and Igor were very good friends. The trouble was, they could never agree on anything,” begins early reader Spooky Friends by Jane Feder. In three brief stories, vampire Scarlet and...
      

Non-gory scary stories

Many middle graders and middle schoolers like their scary books creepy… but not terrifying. The following titles fit the bill, incorporating some humor, some shivers, and a minimum of gore.The star of John Bemelmans Marciano's The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield comes from a long line of miscreants (“To say...
      

From the Editor - October 2013

I’d probably get in trouble with the ALA for this today, but back when I was a children’s librarian in the last century we limited Halloween-book checkouts to three per customer. There simply were never enough to go around, and I’m talking in November. Or December. Or Januar—you see where...

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