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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, November 9th-13th

This week on hbook.com…November's Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Tim Wynne-Jones, YA about boys facing big issues, nonfiction PBs about all kinds of families, chapter books adventures, middle-school audiobooksReviews of the Week: Picture Book: Elephant in the Dark: Based on a Poem by Rumi retold by Mina Javaherbin;...
      

From the Editor — November 2015

People are already fighting about Starbucks's holiday cups, there were Christmas tree ornaments on sale at CVS this morning, and The Horn Book is pulling together Fanfare, our list of the best books of the year. While I see that Publishers Weekly has already published its list of bests (which...
      

Five questions for Tim Wynne-Jones

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At the start of Tim Wynne-Jones's The Emperor of Any Place (Candlewick, 14 years and up), Evan, reeling from the death of his single father, has no choice but to contact his paternal grandfather, Griff — whom Evan's dad called a murderer. A gripping story-within-the-story unfolds about a WWII Japanese...
      

Lights, camera, chapter books!

These lighthearted outings for early primary readers offer adventures both everyday (a run-in with a teacher, a classmate rivalry) and extraordinary (a dog's rise to superstardom and…a ghost raccoon sighting).In Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing's Flop to the Top!, young Wanda is a superstar — in her own mind. After...
      

Family ties

Families come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and configurations. The following nonfiction picture books present examples of this variety, with the common element being love.In My Family Tree and Me, Dušan Petričić creates an innovative introduction to the ordinary miracle of genealogy. Reading the book from front to middle, we...
      

Boys to remember

Four novels featuring teenage boys — in both contemporary and historical settings — take on big issues, with memorable results.All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely is a ripped-from-the-headlines story written with nuance, sharp humor, and devastating honesty. When a quick stop at the corner store suddenly escalates...
      

Sounds good

Audio can add another layer to a story, whether through the addition of story-enhancing music, through a narrator's command of tricky jargon, or the way he or she can make even the prickliest character seem lovable. Here are four audiobooks recommended for older intermediate and middle school readers.As Echo by...
      

Books mentioned in the November 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Tim Wynne-JonesThe Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones, Candlewick, 14 years and up.Boys to rememberAll-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, Atheneum/Dlouhy, 14 years and up.Calvin by Martine Leavitt, Ferguson/Farrar, 14 years and up.Show and Prove by Sofia Quintero, Knopf, 14 years and up.Orbiting Jupiter...

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