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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...
      

Halloween boooOOOoooks roundup

Halloween is here — and so are Halloween books! Here are some recent recommended titles for you to share (perhaps through All Hallow's Read?) with your little goblins.Horn BOO! 2014Baby Horn BOO! 2014: Halloween-y board booksHalloween-themed Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Julie Berry, eerie places, off-the-wall picture books,...
      

Week in Review, October 6th-10th

This week on hbook.com…Starred reviews coming in the November/December 2014 Horn Book MagazineAll-creepy October Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place author Julie Berry, eerie places, off-the-wall picture books, atmospheric audiobooks, and YA supernatural baddiesReviews of the Week: Picture Book: Circle, Square, Moose by...
      

From the Editor – October 2014

When it comes to spooky stories, it’s always hard to know just how scared any given person wants to be. Maurice Sendak always said that children sent him drawings of Wild Things that terrified him; I, on the other hand, once drove a little girl screaming from a story hour...
      

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

Five questions for Julie BerryAll the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry, Viking, 14 years and up.The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry, Roaring Brook, 11–14 years.Eerie placesNine Open Arms by Benny Lindelauf, trans. by John Nieuwenhuizen, Enchanted Lion, 9–12 years.Greenglass House by Kate Milford, illus. by...
      

Atmospheric audiobooks

These audiobooks offer intrepid listeners stories of supernatural and psychological suspense, all with vividly evoked settings.In the world of Jonathan Stroud's The Screaming Staircase (first book in the Lockwood & Co. series), ghost-busting firms employ psychically sensitive children to neutralize supernatural pests infesting London. Lucy Carlyle joins an indie agency...
      

YA supernatural baddies

Looking for a book to send a chill down your spine? These four new novels involving creepy paranormal characters are perfect for the occasion.Abandoning university for a (failed) archaeological dig in the Carpathian Mountains, Abigail Rook, star of William Ritter's Jackaby, finds herself aboard a ship bound for America. Landing...
      

Off-the-wall picture books

Here are some off-the-wall books for the Halloween season, from funny and not-very-scary for younger readers to suspenseful and weird for older readers.In Laura Vaccaro Seeger's Dog and Bear: Tricks and Treats, best friends Dog and Bear prepare for and enjoy Halloween. They go shopping for costumes (Bear gets distracted...
      

Eerie places

A creepy space can go a long way toward creating the tone for a scary story. These novels all transport readers to places that are likely to give them the willies.A building is the main character in Benny Lindelauf's Dutch import Nine Open Arms. A family of nine moves into...
      

Five questions for Julie Berry

Photo: Bruce LucierJulie Berry’s 2013 book All the Truth That’s In Me (Viking, 14 years and up) is a dark, claustrophobic — and beautiful — novel set seemingly out of time and narrated (in her own head) by a young woman whose tongue was cut out by a captor she...

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