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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, October 8th - 12th

This week on hbook.com…2018 BGHB celebration roundupOctober 2018 Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Kate DiCamillo on Louisiana's Way Home, middle-grade novels about finding — or making — home, primary illustrated poetry collections, middle-school and YA novels about girls, ghosts, and ghoulsEditor in Chief Roger Sutton on the kidlitwomen*...
      

Girls, ghosts, and ghouls

In four new shiver-inducing middle-school and YA novels perfect for the Halloween season, young women come face-to-face with the restless dead, who are variously mindless and hungry or self-aware and in need of assistance — and not so different from their living counterparts. For more, see this recommended YA reading...
      

From the Editor - October 2018

We presented the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards on October 5th, and, as far as anyone has told me, a good time was had by all. Please look at our online BGHB coverage for photos of the event and for more about this year’s winners.Roger SuttonEditor in Chief...
      

Poetry with pictures

These illustrated poetry collections touch on a variety of topics — from the everyday to the prehistoric to the supernatural — but all provide inviting ways to introduce primary readers to poetry.In Did You Hear What I Heard?: Poems About School, thirty-five poems follow the months of the school year,...
      

Finding home

Four novels for middle-grade readers feature memorable and likable protagonists who face economic hardship, homelessness, and prejudice in addition to the usual challenges of growing up. For an author’s perspective on narratives of children finding — or making — home, read E. Lockhart’s Horn Book Magazine Writer’s Page article “On...
      

Five questions for Kate DiCamillo

Fans of Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale will remember Louisiana Elefante as the perceptive friend (and orphaned daughter of trapeze artists) who reassures the others: “We’ll rescue each other.” In companion book Louisiana’s Way Home (both Candlewick, 8–11 years), it seems that Louisiana may need rescuing — from the “care” of...
      

Books mentioned in the October 2018 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Kate DiCamilloRaymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, 8–11 years.Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, 8–11 years.Finding homeFront Desk by Kelly Yang, Scholastic/Levine, 8–11 years.Just Under the Clouds by Melissa Sarno, Knopf, 9–12 years.Why Can't I Be You by Melissa Walker, HarperCollins/Harper, 9–12 years.No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen,...

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