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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...
      

The first Notes of the year

In January's issue of Notes from the Horn Book, Jennifer Brabander asks Glory O'Brien's History of the Future author A. S. King about that bat and lots more. You'll also find: more fierce female YA protagonists snowy-day picture books intermediate series graphic-novel memoirsRead the issue online or subscribe to receive...
      

Week in Review, November 10th-14th

This week on hbook.com…November's Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Sharon G. Flake, more wacky middle-grade adventures, pals in new picture books, around-the-world primary and intermediate, YA nonfiction about social justiceReviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Way to the Zoo by John Burningham Fiction: The Red Pencil by Andrea...
      

November Notes is here!

In November's Notes from the Horn Book, K. T. Horning chats with Sharon G. Flake about her new middle-grade mystery Unstoppable Octobia May. In this issue, you'll also find more wacky middle-grade adventures pals in new picture books books around the world for primary and intermediate readers YA nonfiction about...
      

From the Editor - November 2014

Please permit me to highlight two of the titles reviewed in this issue of Notes from the Horn Book, alike only in their consideration of the friendship possible between the old and the young, and — refreshingly — their resistance of current splashy publishing trends. That The Farmer and the...
      

Social justice

Civil rights, global warming, and crime and punishment: these complex social issues receive accessible, clear treatment in four new nonfiction books for teens.In Because They Marched: The People's Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America, Russell Freedman documents the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march, including the horrific Bloody Sunday confrontation between marchers...
      

Around the world

Reading can take children on journeys outside of their everyday realms. The following stories — some humorous, some tender — allow independent readers to spend time with characters from all over the globe.When Naomi Shihab Nye's The Turtle of Oman opens, Aref and his mother are preparing to leave their...
      

You've got to have friends

Picture books about friendship can be a dime a dozen. However, these four new gems — about companions in adventure, in-sync skating partners, a tender odd-couple bond, and a freewheeling affection-giver — freshen things up.In Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, two boys set out to do just that —...
      

Middle-grade mirth

Kids having strange and wacky adventures with their friends — what's a more engaging topic for upper-intermediate and early-middle-school readers? Two of the books below will have readers saying goodbye to favorite characters, one is a (snarky) sequel, and one is an homage — albeit a strange one — to...
      

Five questions for Sharon G. Flake

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Photo: Richard KellyIs Mr. Davenport a vampire, as Octobia May insists? The answer is not so cut-and-dried in Sharon G. Flake’s Unstoppable Octobia May, a historical-fiction-cum-mystery-novel with more than a dash of social commentary (Scholastic, 9–12 years). From the 1950s boarding house setting to the vivid characters — some plucky,...

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