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Five questions for Laurie Halse Anderson

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Photo: Randy Fontanilla.This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Laurie Halse Anderson’s landmark novel Speak (Farrar, 12–16 years), about Melinda, a teenage rape victim who reclaims her voice. Now in SHOUT (Viking, 14 years and up), the author presents a “poetry memoir” that explores frequently painful events in her own...

Brave girls in audiobooks

These audiobooks starring brave and resilient female protagonists will appeal to middle-grade fans of historical fiction featuring strong and lively young women. March is Women’s History Month. See also our Five Questions interview with Laurie Halse Anderson and the "Strong women making an impact 2019" section in this issue of...

Embracing friendship and community

The following picture books provide models for warmth, friendship, community-building, and inclusivity in ways that very young children can understand and embrace.David Soman's inviting How to Two is a counting book that could also serve as a set of inclusivity instructions. A lone boy plays on a slide (“how to...

Strong women making an impact 2019

For Women’s History Month, here are four new memoirs and biographies of women who have made a lasting impact in their respective fields. See also our Five Questions interview with Laurie Halse Anderson in this issue; our list of new picture-book bios; the tag women's history; and KidLitWomen* for more...

Books mentioned in the March 2019 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Laurie Halse AndersonSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Farrar, 12–16 years.SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson, Viking, 14 years and up.Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, illus. by Emily Carroll, Farrar, 12–16 years.Strong women making an impact 2019Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket...

Star-crossed love

Space, time, war, death, capricious gods: teen protagonists defy cosmic forces to be together in these out-of-the-ordinary love stories.On a Sunbeam, Tillie Walden's serial webcomic turned epic graphic novel, follows two alternating, far-future timelines. In the first, eighteen-year-old Mia seeks her place among the tight-knit crewmates of a spacecraft; five...

Picture book love and community

These new picture books model self-love, strength in community, and pride in identity for very young children of color.Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel, illustrated by Shane W. Evans, is an affirmation of self-love for children of color. An exuberant brown-skinned girl recounts many situations in which she puts her...

Celebrating Black History 2019

February is Black History Month. The following nonfiction titles present informative, inspirational, and moving stories about notable African American people and events, to be shared with readers all year long. See also our Five Questions interview with Claire Hartfield, winner of the 2019 Coretta Scott King Author Award for A...

Books mentioned in the February 2019 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Claire HartfieldA Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield, Clarion, 12–16 years.Celebrating Black History 2019The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illus. by Kadir Nelson, Houghton/Versify, 8–14 years.We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, ed. by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, illus....
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