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From the Editor - July 2021

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and finding enough to read (we can help). That’s it; go forth and read. From the July 2021 issue of Notes from the Horn Book....

Five questions for Sarah Miller

No stranger to well-rounded depictions of complex and notorious women from history, nonfiction author Sarah Miller, whose previous books include The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & the Trial of the Century and The Miracle & Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets, explores the lives of Violet and Daisy: The Story of Vaudeville’s Famous Conjoined Twins (12 years and up; Schwartz & Wade/Random). (Photo by Chris...

Books mentioned in the July 2021 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Sarah Miller Violet and Daisy: The Story of Vaudeville’s Famous Conjoined Twins by Sarah Miller; Schwartz & Wade/Random The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & the Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller; Schwartz & Wade/Random The Miracle & Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets by Sarah Miller; Schwartz & Wade/Random...

Pure imagination

The following imagination-centered picture books encourage readers’ own creative thoughts and ideas to take fanciful flight.  When I Draw a Panda  by Amy June Bates; illus. by the author  Primary    Wiseman/Simon    40 pp.    g  9/20    978-1-4814-5148-2    $17.99  e-book ed.  978-1-4814-5149-9    $10.99  In this celebration of imagination, creativity, and friendship, a girl’s chalk-drawn panda leaps off her wall, and together they...

From an animal's perspective

Animal-loving middle graders and middle schoolers will appreciate these six novels, all featuring fascinating creatures — and told from the animals’ own perspectives.   The Hungry Place by Jessie Haas  Intermediate, Middle School    Boyds Mills/Boyds Mills & Kane    190 pp.    g  10/20    978-1-68437-794-7    $17.99  Princess, born a champion Connemara pony at Highover Farm, has all the best care from her doting, elderly owner Roland. In a...

YA performance

The main characters in these five arts-focused YA novels are talented, determined — and ready to leave their marks. For more YA arts-related recommendations, see Guide/Reviews Database booklists Theater Novels (Older) and Dance (Older).  Muted  by Tami Charles  High School    Scholastic    400 pp.    g  2/21    978-1-338-67352-4    $18.99  e-book ed.  978-1-338-67353-1    $11.99  This timely and lyrical verse novel offers a heart-wrenching, unflinching look at...

Five questions for Matt Ringler

Strollercoaster (Little, Brown, 2–5 years) written by Matt Ringler, illustrated by Raúl the Third and Elaine Bay, takes viewers on a high-octane adventure throughout a vibrant city…all from the comfort of an over-tired little girl’s stroller at naptime. Good thinking, Dad! Father’s Day is June 20; find more book recommendations...

Books mentioned in the June 2021 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Matt Ringler Strollercoaster by Matt Ringler, illus. by Raúl the Third and Elaine Bay; Little, Brown. Doing things with Dad My Two Border Towns by David Bowles, illus. by Erika Meza; Kokila/Penguin. The Great Whipplethorp Bug Collection by Ben Brashares, illus. by Elizabeth Bergeland; Little, Brown. Night...

From the Editor - June 2021

Mark the date, June 23rd, to come to Hbook.com and watch my announcement of the winners of the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards. Our three judges (Shoshana Flax, Nicholl Denice Montgomery, and Luann Toth as chair) worked thoughtfully and prodigiously to bring us a stellar roster of winners this year,...
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