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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...
      

Week in Review, October 9th-13th

This week on hbook.com…BGHB and HBAS celebration coverage: October 6th Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony timeline Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: "Resistance: Children's Books in Troubled Times" timeline 2017 BGHB weekend photo slideshowFrom the September/October 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Melissa Sweet's 2017 Zena Sutherland lecture: "To Inform...
      

October Notes is here!

In our spooky October issue, we chat with author Deborah Noyes about The Magician and the Spirits: Harry Houdini and the Curious Pastime of Communicating with the Dead. You'll also find these treats: fresh YA takes on paranormal horror tropes more-giggly-than-ghoulish picture books for Halloween middle-grade novels exploring family, grief,...
      

Books mentioned in the October 2017 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Deborah NoyesThe Magician and the Spirits: Harry Houdini and the Curious Pastime of Communicating with the Dead by Deborah Noyes, Viking, 11–14 years.Supernaturally good scaresPoe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds, Candlewick, 11–14 years.The Wrong Train by Jeremy de Quidt, illus. by Dave...
      

From the Editor - October 2017

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We are just done with this year's Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: "Resistance." With record attendance for both events, I can't remember a more engaged and enthusiastic audience, and our speakers and discussion leaders were variously inspiring and provocative, and always informative. Congratulations to our...
      

The great unknown

Adventure awaits not only those intrepid real-life explorers who brave the great unknown…but also the readers of these captivating historical narratives about the exploration of space, the Amazon rainforest, the high seas, and the Arctic.Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond is a thoughtful, informative guide to...
      

Five questions for Deborah Noyes

In The Magician and the Spirits: Harry Houdini and the Curious Pastime of Communicating with the Dead (Viking, 11–14 years), Deborah Noyes homes in on the Spiritualist movement during the turn of the twentieth century (think séances, spirit photography, ectoplasm, etc.) — and on Harry Houdini's efforts to debunk its...
      

Family curses, grief, and fate

These recent books for middle graders dip into the supernatural (ancestral curses, spectral mothers, ghost frenemies, growing skeletons) to raise larger questions about family, friendship, memory, grief, and love.In Lauren DeStefano's The Girl with the Ghost Machine, ten-year-old Emmaline Beaumont and her father Julien are devastated by Emmaline's mother's sudden...
      

Scared silly

The following picture books perfect for Halloween put their own silly spins on thrills, chills, and…creepy underwear? For more, see "From The (Ghoulish) Guide: Horn Boo!"In Boo Who? by Ben Clanton, a little ghost named Boo is new to the neighborhood. He isn't very good at the games his new...
      

Supernaturally good scares

From a collection of ghost stories-within-a-ghost-story to classic tales of the macabre reimagined for a new format, these new books offer a fresh take on the usual suspects of supernatural horror.Graphic novelist Gareth Hinds adapts three of Edgar Allan Poe's poems ("Annabel Lee," "The Bells," and "The Raven") and four...

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