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Review of Red Rover: Curiosity on Mars

Red Rover: Curiosity on Mars by Richard Ho; illus. by Katherine Roy Primary, Intermediate    Roaring Brook    40 pp. 10/19    978-1-250-19833-4    $18.99 Debut author Ho and experienced illustrator Roy (Neighborhood Sharks, rev. 11/14; Otis and Will Discover the Deep, rev. 3/18) deliver an informative and surprisingly tender portrayal of Curiosity, the...

Review of Todos iguales / All Equal: Un corrido de Lemon Grove / A Ballad of Lemon Grove

Todos iguales / All Equal: Un corrido de Lemon Grove / A Ballad of Lemon Grove by Christy Hale; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Children’s/Lee & Low    40 pp. 8/19    978-0-89239-427-2    $19.95 Hale’s storytelling shines in this account of Mexican American resistance against racism in the 1930s. Inspired by...

Review of Best Friends

Best Friends by Shannon Hale; illus. by LeUyen Pham; color by Hilary Sycamore Intermediate, Middle School    First Second/Roaring Brook    250 pp. 8/19    978-1-250-31745-2    $21.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-31746-9    $12.99 In this follow-up to her graphic memoir Real Friends (rev. 5/17), Hale straps in to the roller coaster rides, both real and...

Review of Firefighters' Handbook

Firefighters’ Handbook by Meghan McCarthy; illus. by the author Primary    Wiseman/Simon    48 pp. 9/19    978-1-5344-1733-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-1734-2    $10.99 McCarthy (Astronaut Handbook, rev. 7/08; All That Trash, rev. 5/18) brings her recognizable illustration style (bug-eyed humans with sideways grins) to the kid-captivating topic of firefighting. Friendly, direct-address text covers...

Review of A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation

A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Barry Wittenstein; illus. by Jerry Pinkney Primary, Intermediate    Porter/Holiday    48 pp.    g 8/19    978-0-8234-4331-4    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4374-1    $11.99 This superbly executed picture book takes readers behind the scenes of the writing of Dr....

Review of The Magnificent Migration: On Safari with Africa's Last Great Herds

The Magnificent Migration: On Safari with Africa’s Last Great Herds by Sy Montgomery; photos by Roger Wood and Logan Wood Intermediate, Middle School    Houghton    162 pp. 6/19    978-0-544-76113-1    $24.99 Montgomery takes readers on safari, joining a group led by eminent scientist Dr. Richard Despard Estes to follow wildebeest migrations through...

Review of Liberty Arrives!: How America's Grandest Statue Found Her Home

Liberty Arrives!: How America’s Grandest Statue Found Her Home by Robert Byrd; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Dial    40 pp.    g 6/19    978-0-7352-3082-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-5255-5451-6    $10.99 Byrd (Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award winner for Electric Ben, rev. 11/12) approaches his topic as systematically and artistically as did...

Review of Crossing On Time: Steam Engines, Fast Ships, and a Journey to the New World

Crossing On Time: Steam Engines, Fast Ships, 
and a Journey to the New World by David Macaulay; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Roaring Brook    128 pp. 5/19    978-1-59643-477-6    $24.99 Macaulay chronicles his own mid-twentieth-century immigration story in full color and a wide trim size—along with plenty of diagrams...

Review of Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir

Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir by Nikki Grimes High School    Wordsong/Boyds Mills    325 pp. 10/19    978-1-62979-881-3    $19.99 As poetically written as Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming (rev. 9/14) with a story as hard-hitting as Sapphire’s Push. In her author’s note, poet Grimes (winner of the 2017 Children’s Literature Legacy Award) says that...

Review of Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children’s Ship”

Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children’s Ship” by Deborah Heiligman Intermediate, Middle School    Godwin/Holt    291 pp.    g 10/19    978-1-62779-554-8    $19.99 Nonfiction maestro Heiligman (Charles and Emma, rev. 1/09; Vincent and Theo, rev. 3/17) here tells a riveting wartime survival story. As World War...

Review of What Miss Mitchell Saw

What Miss Mitchell Saw by Hayley Barrett; illus. by Diana Sudyka Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp. 9/19    918-1-4814-8759-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-8760-3    $10.99 Born in the early part of the nineteenth century “on the fog-wrapped island of Nantucket,” Maria Mitchell was a learner, expanding her educational horizons from her family...

Review of Born to Fly: The First Women’s Air Race Across America

Born to Fly: The First Women’s Air Race Across America by Steve Sheinkin; illus. by Bijou Karman Middle School    Roaring Brook    264 pp.    g 9/19    978-1-62672-130-2    $19.99 “There were about nine thousand licensed pilots in the United States in 1929. Fewer than one hundred of them were women. Of those,...

Review of Guts

Guts by Raina Telgemeier; illus. by the author; color by Braden Lamb Intermediate    Graphix/Scholastic    215 pp.    g 9/19    978-0-545-85251-7    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-0-545-85250-0    $12.99 e-book ed.  978-0-545-85253-1    $7.99 In this graphic memoir chronicling her fourth-grade year, Telgemeier (Smile; Sisters, rev. 11/14) shares her childhood experiences with anxiety. A bout with...

Review of The Miracle & Tragedy 
of the Dionne Quintuplets

The Miracle & Tragedy 
of the Dionne Quintuplets by Sarah Miller Middle School, High School    
Schwartz & Wade/Random    309 pp.    8/19    978-1-5247-1381-2    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-1382-9    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1383-6    $10.99 The “miracle” referred to in the title was of course the birth of the five identical Dionne sisters in...

Review of The Girl Who Named Pluto: The Story of Venetia Burney

The Girl Who Named Pluto: The Story of Venetia Burney by Alice B. McGinty; illus. by Elizabeth Haidle Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp. 5/19    978-1-5247-6831-7    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-6832-4    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-6833-1    $10.99 Making smart use of the liberty that a picture-book biography can choose to take by...

Review of Hummingbird

Hummingbird by Nicola Davies; illus. by Jane Ray Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 5/19    978-1-5362-0538-1    $16.99 Weighing less than three-quarters of an ounce (or, in Davies’s spot-on comparison for young readers, “less than a nickel”), the ruby-throated hummingbird migrates annually between Central and North America, approximately two thousand miles each...

Review of They Called Us Enemy

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott; illus. by Harmony Becker Middle School, High School    Top Shelf    208 pp. 9/19    Paper ed. 978-1-60309-450-4    $19.99   From the publisher of the March trilogy (March, rev. 1/14, and sequels), co-written by civil rights leader and U.S....

Review of A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II

A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II by Elizabeth Wein Middle School, High School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    388 pp. 1/19    978-0-06-245301-3    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-245304-4    $8.99 Wein has established herself as a consummate writer of historical fiction (Code Name Verity, rev. 5/12; Rose...

Review of Children of the First People: Fresh Voices of Alaska's Native Kids

Children of the First People: Fresh Voices of Alaska’s Native Kids by Tricia Brown; photos by Roy Corral Intermediate, Middle School    Alaska Northwest    48 pp.    g 4/19    Paper ed.  978-1-5132-6197-3    $13.99 Twenty years after Children of the Midnight Sun (rev. 7/98), Brown and Corral present ten additional portraits of contemporary...

Review of Skulls!

Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh; illus. by Scott Campbell Primary    Atheneum    40 pp. 7/19    978-1-5344-1400-6    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-1401-3    $10.99 “You probably don’t think much about skulls,” the book begins, as readers meet a round-faced girl with puffball pigtails. A page-turn places the girl, who’s contentedly chomping on an apple, amid...

Review of A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon

A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon by Suzanne Slade; illus. by Veronica Miller Jamison Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp. 3/19    978-0-316-43517-8    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-51131-5    $9.99 Math genius Katherine Johnson (née Coleman) was a star student, twice skipping a grade before her family...

Review of The Lost Forest

The Lost Forest by Phyllis Root; illus. by Betsy Bowen Primary    University of Minnesota    40 pp. 4/19    978-0-8166-9796-0    $17.95 In 1882, a survey team mapping out the wilderness areas of Minnesota made a mistake. As the land was being divided into townships, one of the surveying crew came to Township...

Review of Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner

Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner by Jessie Hartland; illus. by the author Primary    Wiseman/Simon    48 pp. 5/19    978-1-5344-0233-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-0234-8    $10.99 Today the original star-spangled banner is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in...

Review of The Iliad

The Iliadadapted by Gareth Hinds; illus. by the adapterMiddle School, High School    Candlewick    264 pp.3/19    978-0-7636-8113-5    $27.99Paper ed.  978-0-7636-9663-4    $16.99As with his treatment of The Odyssey (rev. 11/10), Hinds offers an ambitious and compelling comics adaptation of a Homerian epic. This complex, winding tale picks up in the tenth year...

Review of Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life & Work

Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life & Workby Victoria OrtizMiddle School, High School    Clarion    184 pp.    g6/19    978-0-544-97364-0    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-328-63990-5    $9.99Since her appointment to the Supreme Court in 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a hero to many Americans for her progressive positions on cases involving free...

2019 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners extras

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 29th, 2019, at School Library Journal's Day of Dialog in New York City. You can watch the announcement video here and read the press release here.Read reviews of all of the...

Review of Moth: An Evolution Story

Moth: An Evolution Storyby Isabel Thomas; illus. by Daniel EgnéusPrimary    Bloomsbury    48 pp.    g6/19    978-1-5476-0020-5    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-5476-0024-3    $13.29“This is a story of light and dark. Of change and adaptation, of survival and hope.” In a shadowy (pre-industrial) wood, a peppered moth — its “speckled, freckled” wing patterns wonderfully detailed...

Review of Viral: The Fight Against AIDS in America

Viral: The Fight Against AIDS in Americaby Ann BausumMiddle School, High School    Viking    166 pp.    g6/19    978-0-425-28720-0    $17.99“The first to die left behind little more than their names and brief stories of chaotic, terrifying deaths. Individual by individual, they went from being seemingly well to perplexingly ill in a matter...

Review of D-Day: The World War II Invasion That Changed History

D-Day: The World War II Invasion That Changed Historyby Deborah HopkinsonIntermediate, Middle SchoolScholastic Focus/Scholastic    376 pp.    g8/18    978-0-545-68248-0 $16.99e-book ed.    978-0-545-68249-7 $16.99D-Day marked the beginning of the end for Hitler’s stranglehold on Europe. A massive, coordinated attack that was months in the planning, Operation Overlord saw Allied forces land on...

Review of We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults

We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adultsby Susan Kuklin; photos by the authorMiddle School, High School    Candlewick    182 pp.1/19    978-0-7636-7884-5    $19.99The Trump administration’s 2017 repeal of DACA put photojournalist Kuklin (Beyond Magenta, rev. 3/14) and her work-in-progress, about undocumented immigrants, in an awkward place: would she be...

Reviews of the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winner and Honor Books

Nonfiction WinnerThis Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equalityby Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie LevyIntermediate, Middle School    Bloomsbury    311 pp.    g1/19    978-1-68119-852-1    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-68119-853-8    $12.59 In 1956 in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee, twelve African American students integrated the all-white high school. Jo Ann...

Books mentioned in the May 2019 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Life skillsAlexander, Kwame  The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called LifePhotographs by Thai NeaveGr. 4–6, middle school     172 pp.     Houghton     2017Trade ISBN 978-0-544-57097-9Ebook ISBN 978-1-328-69892-6Groban, Betsy, Editor  Totally Middle School: Tales of Friends, Family, and Fitting InGr. 4–6, middle school     181 pp.     Delacorte     2018Trade...

Sustainable eating

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Archer, Joe and Craig, Caroline  Plant, Cook, Eat!: A Children's CookbookGr. 4–6     112 pp.     CharlesbridgeArcher and Craig provide an overview of different plant food sources (including roots, leaves, flowers, and stems) and then, with an emphasis on the process, explain how to grow and cook them yourself. Readers are encouraged...

Evolution

Bonner, Hannah  When Fish Got Feet, When Bugs Were Big, & When Dinos Dawned: A Cartoon Prehistory of Life on EarthGr. 4–6     128 pp.     National GeographicNew ed. Bonner's excellent trilogy (published between 2004 and 2012) of the evolution of life from 430 to 65 million years ago — the rise...

Activists and activism

Easton, Emily  Enough!: 20 Protesters Who Changed AmericaGr. K–3     48 pp.     CrownIllustrated by Ziyue Chen. Each spread of this book features a person, pair, or group that became known for their change-making actions, which are briefly described in a line of text (e.g., "Colin took a knee") and ably represented...

Life skills

Alexander, Kwame  The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called LifeGr. 4–6, middle school     172 pp.     HoughtonPhotographs by Thai Neave. Alexander turns motivational speaker in this collection organized like a basketball game, with four quarters and rules. Alexander's narrative of his early life in...

Review of Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II

Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War IIby Andrea WarrenIntermediate, Middle School    Ferguson/Holiday    214 pp.3/19    978-0-8234-4151-8    $22.99Continuing her theme of children in peril because of governmental policies outside of their control, Warren (Surviving Hitler, rev. 3/01; Escape from...

Review of Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born

Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Bornby Miranda Paul; illus. by Jason ChinPrimary    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.4/19    978-0-8234-4161-7    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4213-3    $18.99A pithy quintain describes the moment a fertilized human egg becomes a two-celled zygote: “Small. / Ball. / The point of a pin. / Then it divides… / Our story begins.” It’s the first...

Review of Wildheart: The Daring Adventures of John Muir

Wildheart: The Daring Adventures of John Muirby Julie Bertagna; illus. by William GoldsmithIntermediate, Middle School    Yosemite Conservancy    128 pp.3/19    978-1-930238-94-7    $17.99This creatively rendered biography-in-comics-format of John Muir (1838–1914) is filled with the naturalist’s adventures, from his childhood in Scotland to his pioneering conservation work and formation of America’s National Parks....

Review of Beware of the Crocodile

Beware of the Crocodileby Martin Jenkins; illus. by Satoshi KitamuraPrimary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g3/19    978-0-7636-7538-7    $16.99Heeding the old adage “when introducing a topic to children, start with what they know,” Jenkins initiates his discussion of crocodiles with their most prominent feature: those fascinating and intimidating teeth, which Kitamura depicts in...

Review of Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti

Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Alberto and Diego Giacomettiby Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan; illus. by Hadley HooperPrimary, Intermediate    Porter/Holiday    64 pp.    g4/19    978-0-8234-4170-9    $21.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4224-9    $16.99Experts at accessibly describing art and exploring the often-complex lives of its creators, Greenberg and Jordan (most recently Meet Cindy Sherman, rev....

Review of Dogs in Space

Dogs in Spaceby Vix Southgate; illus. by Iris DeppePrimary    Kane Miller    32 pp.3/19    978-1-61067-824-7    $14.99With a happier ending than that of their legendary predecessor Laika, dogs Belka and Strelka became, in 1960, among the first animals to return, alive, from orbital flight. That does not, however, deny the suspense with...

Review of Titanosaur: Discovering the World’s Largest Dinosaur

Titanosaur: Discovering the World’s Largest Dinosaurby José Luis Carballido and Diego Pol; illus. by Florencia GigenaPrimary, Intermediate    Orchard/Scholastic    40 pp.    g3/19    978-1-338-20739-2    $18.99The paleontologists who discovered the fossilized bones of a group of seven of the largest-known (“for now”) dinosaurs take readers step-by-step through the careful and time-consuming process of...

Review of A Ray of Light: A Book of Science and Wonder

A Ray of Light: A Book of Science and Wonderby Walter Wick; photos by the authorIntermediate    Scholastic    40 pp.    g2/19    978-0-439-16587-7    $17.99Wick explores the concepts of light and color in a sophisticated yet comprehensible format. As in his masterful A Drop of Water (rev. 3/97; winner of the 1997 Boston...

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

Collective biographies for Women's History MonthBagieu, Pénélope  Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the WorldTranslated by Montana KaneMiddle school, high school     296 pp.     Roaring Brook/First Second     2018Trade ISBN 978-1-62672-868-4Paperback ISBN 978-1-62672-869-1Clinton, Chelsea  She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed HistoryIllustrated by Alexandra BoigerGr. K–3     32 pp.     Philomel     2018Trade ISBN...

Librarianship and information science

Agard, John  Book: My AutobiographyGr. 4–6     138 pp.     CandlewickIllustrated by Neil Packer. This is a quirky history of the codex (with a brief glimpse at ebooks), narrated in an alternately whimsical and lyrical style by the personified Book. Packer's illustrations, many of which resemble woodcuts, punctuate the brief narratives, as...

Animals on the move

Bierregaard, Rob  Belle's Journey: An Osprey Takes FlightGr. 4–6     106 pp.     CharlesbridgeIllustrated by Kate Garchinsky. Belle, an osprey born on Martha's Vineyard, is tracked by two scientists as she migrates to South America and back. Bierregaard (one of the scientists) writes engagingly about Belle's adventure — over eighteen months and...

National Poetry Month 2019

Bulion, Leslie  Leaf Litter CrittersGr. 4–6     56 pp.     PeachtreeIllustrated by Robert Meganck. Nineteen poems (in various forms) accompanied by bright digital illustrations provide information both whimsical and scientific about inhabitants of the brown food web — the layer of leaves and soil where organic matter breaks down and plants grow....

Collective biographies for Women's History Month

Bagieu, Pénélope  Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the WorldMiddle school, high school     296 pp.     Roaring Brook/First SecondTranslated by Montana Kane. French artist Bagieu's brief vignettes of sequential comics art expose readers to brazen women of all fields, times, and places, both famous and little-known. Each entry gives just enough information...

Review of Unpresidented: A Biography of Donald Trump

Unpresidented: A Biography of Donald Trumpby Martha BrockenbroughMiddle School, High School    Feiwel    416 pp.11/18    978-1-250-30803-0    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-30804-7    $9.99Brockenbrough opens her critical biography of Donald Trump with a sampling of events leading up to the surprising (to most) results of the 2016 presidential election. She then takes readers back to...

Review of SHOUT: A Poetry Memoir

SHOUT: A Poetry Memoirby Laurie Halse AndersonHigh School    Viking    290 pp.    g3/19    978-0-670-01210-7    $17.99“This is the story of a girl who lost her voice and wrote herself a new one.” So opens Anderson’s three-part autobiographical collection of dynamic, mostly free-verse poems that serves as a potent poetic endnote for her...

Review of Soaring Earth

Soaring Earthby Margarita EngleMiddle School, High School    Atheneum    160 pp.    g2/19    978-1-5344-2953-6    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2955-0    $10.99In this companion verse memoir to Enchanted Air (rev. 7/15), Engle provides a glimpse into her high school years in Los Angeles and early adulthood as a Cuban American person coming to an understanding of...

Review of I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon

I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroonby Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul; illus. by Elizabeth ZunonPrimary    Millbrook    40 pp.    g2/19    978-1-5124-4914-3    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-5415-4380-5    $19.99 Even as a young child Tantoh Nforba loves the rich soils of his native northwestern Cameroon, earning the nickname “Farmer” from his mocking classmates;...

Review of Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet

Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planetby Curtis Manley; illus. by Jessica LananPrimary    Roaring Brook    48 pp.1/19    978-1-250-15533-7    $18.99 The ever-fascinating idea that there may be life on other planets drives this smart discussion of the major advances in astronomy that have led to the discovery of exoplanets (officially, “extrasolar planets”), along...

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...

Review of The Grand Escape: The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century

The Grand Escape: The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Centuryby Neal BascombMiddle School, High School    Levine/Scholastic Focus/Scholastic    276 pp.9/18    978-1-338-14034-7    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-338-14035-4    $11.99 Bascomb follows his two previous WWII histories for young adults (The Nazi Hunters, rev. 9/13; Sabotage, rev. 7/16) with another gripping work of narrative nonfiction, this time...

Review of Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 audiobook

Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918by Albert Marrin; read by Jim FrangioneMiddle School, High School    Listening Library    Rev. 3/185 CDs    5.75 hrs.    978-1-525-52609-4    $45.00Marrin’s account of the flu pandemic that killed millions of people during World War I, plus modern-day efforts to identify that strain and prevent...

Review of The Elephant

The Elephantby Jenni Desmond; illus. by the authorPrimary    Enchanted Lion    48 pp.10/18    978-1-59270-264-0    $18.95In this companion to the author-
illustrator’s The Blue Whale and The Polar Bear (rev. 3/17), a brown-skinned boy wearing a red crown introduces readers to one of nature’s endangered wild things: the elephant. In a setup similar...

Reviews of the 2019 Sibert Award winners

WinnerThe Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Scienceby Joyce Sidman; 
photos by the authorIntermediate    Houghton    140 pp.    g2/18    978-0-544-71713-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-328-83028-9    $9.99Sidman introduces readers to Maria Merian, a seventeenth-century German naturalist whose illustrations of the life cycles of butterflies and moths included groundbreaking scientific details, such...

Review of This Promise of Change: One Girl's Story in the Fight for School Equality

This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equalityby Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie LevyIntermediate, Middle School    Bloomsbury    311 pp.    g1/19    978-1-68119-852-1    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-68119-853-8    $12.59 In 1956 in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee, twelve African American students integrated the all-white high school. Jo Ann Allen...

Books mentioned in the January 2019 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

General knowledge13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know About EverythingGr. 4–6, middle school     176 pp.     DK     2017Trade ISBN 978-1-4654-6112-4DiPiazza, Francesca Davis  Fandom: Fic Writers, Vidders, Gamers, Artists, and CosplayersMiddle school, high school     120 pp.     Twenty-First Century     2018Trade ISBN 978-1-5124-5049-1Ebook ISBN 978-1-5124-9887-5Esbaum, Jill  Little Kids First Big Book of HowGr. K–3    ...

Graphic biographies and memoirs

Agrimbau, Diego  Anne FrankIllustrated by Fabián Mezquita.Gr. 4–6     80 pp.     CapstoneAgrimbau, Diego  Leonardo da VinciIllustrated by Diego Aballay.Gr. 4–6     80 pp.     CapstoneGraphic Library: Graphic Lives series. These graphic novels detail the lives of the titular historical figures, with emphasis on events that garnered each the most notoriety. The comic-book format...

Weather and climate

de Seve, Karen  Little Kids First Big Book of WeatherGr. K–3     128 pp.     National GeographicA comprehensive, age-appropriate exploration of hot, cold, windy, cloudy, and rainy weather, with activities and games to reinforce the concepts at the conclusion of each chapter. An eclectic mix of appealing color photographs augments the text,...

Exploring our oceans

Cottman, Michael H.  Shackles from the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich LegacyGr. 4–6, middle school     127 pp.     National GeographicThe ship Henrietta Marie transported enslaved Africans from 1698 until its sinking in 1700. The African American author traces the ship's path...

General knowledge

13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know About EverythingGr. 4–6, middle school     176 pp.     DKThis browsable compendium serves up random trivia on eighty wide-ranging subjects. Each busy, colorful double-page spread focuses on a topic, including earth science, plants, animals, communication, water, philosophy, ancient civilizations, movies, helicopters, and much more. Crisp...

Review of Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpréby Anika Aldamuy Denise; illus. by Paola EscobarPrimary     Harper/HarperCollins     40 pp.1/19     978-0-06-274868-3     $17.99In her native Puerto Rico, a young Pura Belpré retells folk stories to children under a tamarind tree; when she visits Nueva York in 1921 and decides to stay,...

Review of Sea Bear: A Journey for Survival

Sea Bear: A Journey for Survivalby Lindsay Moore; illus. by the authorPrimary     Greenwillow     48 pp.     g1/19     978-0-06-279128-3     $17.99A polar bear wanders alone through icy northern landscapes and across the seasons in search of food, her survival practices described as she hunts seals and paddles past sharks, narwhals, and...

Eye-opening history

The following works of narrative nonfiction for middle schoolers and high schoolers focus on events that may be overlooked by school curricula but can help make history come alive.In 1873, a mob of armed white men massacred more than one hundred black "freedmen" in the town of Colfax in central...

Review of Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin audiobook

Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassinby James L. Swanson; read by Kim StauntonMiddle School, High School    Scholastic Audio5 CDs    5.67 hrs.    978-1-338-22724-6    $29.99With intensity and clarity, Swanson documents the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and James Earl Ray — King’s assassin — and...

Review of Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World and When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the Worldby Gary Golio; illus. by Rudy GutierrezPrimary    Ottaviano/Holt    40 pp.9/18    978-1-62779-512-8    $18.99When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santanaby Michael Mahin; illus. by Jose RamirezPrimary    Atheneum    48 pp.9/18    978-1-5344-0413-7    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-0414-4    $10.99Carlos Santana’s 1971 rendition of Tito Puente’s...

Review of Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist

Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientistby Sylvia AcevedoIntermediate, Middle School     Clarion     311 pp.9/18     978-1-328-80956-8     $17.99e-book ed. 978-1-328-52690-8     $9.99Spanish ed. 978-1-328-53481-1     $18.99Acevedo defied expectations as a girl growing up in a working-class Mexican American family in 1960s and 1970s Las Cruces,...

Review of Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story

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Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Storyby Rita Lorraine Hubbard; illus. by John HolyfieldPrimary    Lee & Low    32 pp.    g9/18    978-1-60060-969-5    $17.95William “Bill” Lewis (1810?–1896) was born into slavery in Tennessee on a plantation owned by Colonel Lewis. As a boy toiling alongside his mother, aunt, and siblings in the...

Review of Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban Wildlife

Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban Wildlife [Scientists in the Field]by Amy CherrixMiddle School    Houghton    73 pp.    g10/18    978-1-328-85868-9    $18.99The human population of western North Carolina is encroaching on the natural habitat of the region’s black bears. In this encouraging case study of efforts to manage...

Myths and folktales around the world

Bowles, David  Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of MexicoMiddle school, high school     303 pp.     CincoIn this dense but readable anthology of captivating tales from pre-Columbian Mexico, a variety of creation and origin myths are ordered chronologically to share a narrative history of the world from the Aztec and...

Natural history of our world

Brake, Mark  The Big Earth Book: How Our Planet Was Shaped by Earth, Air, Fire, and WindGr. 4–6     256 pp.     Lonely PlanetIllustrated by Brendan Kearney. This attractive oversize book is all about Earth: "how it was formed, what shaped it, and how it came to be full of living things."...

Protecting our world

Amstutz, Lisa J.  Bringing Back Our Freshwater LakesMiddle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/EssentialHand, Carol  Bringing Back Our OceansMiddle school, high school      112 pp.     ABDO/EssentialHand, Carol  Bringing Back Our Tropical ForestsMiddle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/EssentialMacCarald, Clara  Bringing Back Our DesertsMiddle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/EssentialPerdew, Laura...

Religions of the world

Darvic, Debra B.  We Are Jewish FacesGr. PS, K–3     32 pp.     Behrman/Apples"BROTHER, SISTER, / FRIENDSHIP faces, / faces of all RACES and PLACES, / we are JEWISH faces." A scrapbook-like format features bright photographs and lilting rhymes depicting the diversity of Jewish people — of various ages, skin colors, abilities,...

Review of What Do You Do with a Voice like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

What Do You Do with a Voice like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordanby Chris Barton; illus. by Ekua HolmesPrimary, Intermediate    Beach Lane/Simon    48 pp.9/18    978-1-4814-6561-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-4814-6562-5    $10.99This large book, with its lush, vivid, mixed-media illustrations, makes an artistic statement as bold as groundbreaking African American...

Review of We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voicesedited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson; illus. by various artistsIntermediate, Middle School    Crown    88 pp.9/18    978-0-525-58042-3    $18.99Library ed.  978-0-525-58043-0    $21.99e-book ed.  978-0-525-58044-7    $10.99The Hudsons (founders of Just Us Books) created this timely and powerful anthology to help young people face challenges...

Review of Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America

Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of Americaby Gail JarrowIntermediate, Middle School    Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills    142 pp.8/18    978-1-62979-776-2    $18.95e-book ed.  978-1-68437-143-3    $9.99In 1938, on the night before Halloween, an American radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells’s...

No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas

No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansasby Tonya Bolden; illus. by Don TatePrimary, Intermediate    Knopf    40 pp.    g10/18    978-0-385-75276-3    $17.99Library ed.  978-0-385-75277-0    $20.99e-book ed.  978-0-385-75278-7    $10.99This informational picture book spotlights the life, work, and legacy of African American farmer and businessman Junius G. Groves (1858?–1925), known...

Plagues and medical breakthroughs

Davis, Kenneth C.  More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World WarMiddle school, high school    291 pp.    HoltDespite the overwhelming number of people killed by the great Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, it virtually disappeared from our national consciousness, not to mention our...

Promoting tolerance

Bakshi, Kelly  Roots of RacismMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/EssentialBlakemore, M. T.  White PrivilegeMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/EssentialBurling, Alexis  Race in the Criminal Justice SystemMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/EssentialEboch, M. M.  Race and EconomicsMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/EssentialEdwards, Sue Bradford  What Are Race...

Empowering girls and women

Conkling, Winifred  Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the BallotMiddle school, high school    310 pp.    AlgonquinThis fascinating chronological account of the bumpy road to women's suffrage in the U.S. begins with the 1848 Women's Rights Convention and culminates with ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Over half the...

Election Day 2018

Harris, Duchess  Freedom of ReligionMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/EssentialHarris, Duchess, with Kari A. Cornell  Freedom of the PressMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/EssentialHarris, Duchess  Governmental Checks and BalancesMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/EssentialHarris, Duchess, with Rebecca Morris  The Right to Bear ArmsMiddle school, high school    112...

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

Election Day 2018American Values and Freedoms seriesHarris, Duchess  Freedom of ReligionMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential    2017Library binding ISBN 978-1-5321-1299-7Ebook ISBN 978-1-5321-5187-3Harris, Duchess, with Kari A. Cornell  Freedom of the PressMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential    2017Library binding ISBN 978-1-5321-1300-0Ebook ISBN 978-1-5321-5188-0Harris, Duchess  Governmental Checks and BalancesMiddle school,...

Review of Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice: Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World

Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice: Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the Worldby Ilene CooperIntermediate, Middle School    Abrams    184 pp.8/18    978-1-4197-2295-0    $17.99Our country has a long history of citizens who have fought for social change — among them, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. This chronological account...

Review of Hey, Kiddo

Hey, Kiddoby Jarrett J. Krosoczka; illus. by the authorMiddle School, High School    Graphix/Scholastic    320 pp.    g10/18    978-0-545-90247-2    $24.99Paper ed.  978-0-545-90248-9    $14.99e-book ed.  978-0-545-90249-6    $9.99Krosoczka offers a graphic memoir that is altogether more mature in style, theme, and content than his previous work for younger audiences (the Lunch Lady series; the...

Review of Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein and She Made a Monster

Mary Who Wrote Frankensteinby Linda Bailey; illus. by Júlia SardàPrimary    Tundra    56 pp.    g8/18    978-1-77049-559-3    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-77049-561-6    $10.99She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankensteinby Lynn Fulton; illus. by Felicita SalaPrimary    Knopf    40 pp.    g9/18    978-0-525-57960-1    $17.99Library ed.  978-0-525-57961-8    $20.99e-book ed.  978-0-525-57962-5    $10.99Two hundred years ago, twenty-year-old Mary...

Review of The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees

The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugeesby Don Brown; illus. by the authorMiddle School, High School    Houghton    105 pp.9/18    978-1-328-81015-1    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-328-56104-6    $13.99There are over five million Syrian refugees around the world today, and each one has a unique story. Brown returns to the comics format of Drowned City...

Planetary science

Fishman, Seth  A Hundred Billion Trillion StarsGr. K–3     40 pp.     Greenwillow2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book. Illustrated by Isabel Greenberg. Fishman and Greenberg engagingly highlight the wondrousness of numbers, stars, and just about everything about our home planet. Fishman exchanges science writing's traditional stiffness for a confiding tone. Greenberg,...

Incarceration and redemption

Slater, Dashka  The 57 BusHigh school     306 pp.     Farrar2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book. In 2013, on the 57 bus in Oakland, California, African American teen Richard, egged on by friends, set white, genderqueer teen Sasha's gauzy skirt on fire. Sasha survived but sustained third-degree burns; Richard was arrested...

Trailblazing Latinx women

Quintero, Isabel  Photographic: The Life of Graciela IturbideMiddle school, high school     96 pp.     Getty2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award winner. Illustrated by Zeke Peña. Photographer Iturbide’s story is told in comic-panel format, with striking black-and-white illustrations, high-quality reproductions of her own photographs, and spare first-person narration drawing upon her writing...

Review of The Squirrels' Busy Year

The Squirrels’ Busy Year [A First Science Storybook]by Martin Jenkins; illus. by Richard JonesPreschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g7/18    978-0-7636-9600-9    $16.99A pair of squirrels and other residents of their pond-side community interact through four distinct seasons. In winter, the sleeping squirrels pop out quickly for acorns under the watchful eye...

Review of Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbideby Isabel Quintero; illus. by Zeke PeñaMiddle School, High School    Getty    96 pp.3/18    978-1-947440-00-5    $19.95This 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award–winning biography introduces readers to “an icon. Orgullo mexicano. Maestra.” Photographer Graciela Iturbide’s (b. 1942) story is told in comic-panel format, with striking black-and-white illustrations,...

Review of Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice

Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justiceby Lawrence GoldstoneMiddle School, High School   Scholastic Focus/Scholastic    266 pp.    g8/18    978-1-338-23945-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-338-23948-5    $17.99In 1873, a mob of armed white men massacred more than one hundred black “freedmen” in the town of Colfax in central Louisiana. Setting the stage...

Review of The Sinking of the Vasa

The Sinking of the Vasaby Russell Freedman; illus. by William LowPrimary, Intermediate    Godwin/Holt    40 pp.    g8/18    978-1-62779-866-2    $18.99Freedman (posthumously) tells the story of the Swedish warship Vasa, from its tragic sinking to its eventual recovery and restoration as a museum piece. Sweden’s King Gustav II Adolf commissioned the Vasa, intended...

Review of Beasts of India

Beasts of Indiaedited by Kanchana Arni and Gita Wolf; illus. by various artistsPreschool, Primary    Tara    48 pp.6/18    978-93-83145-58-4    $30.00Pricey, sure, but precious (it’s a limited edition), this small square book depicts animals of India screen-printed on textured paper. The diversity is both biological (tiger, deer, snake, etc.) and cultural, with...

Review of The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundationby Kate Messner; illus. by Matthew ForsythePrimary    Chronicle    48 pp.5/18    978-1-4521-3350-8    $17.99The same sentence — “It starts with one” — opens and closes this account of the threatened Florida Keys coral reefs and...

Review of One Day a Dot

One Day a Dotby Ian Lendler; illus. by Shelli Paroline and Braden LambPrimary    First Second/Roaring Brook    40 pp.4/18    978-1-62672-244-6    $17.99The book’s tagline (“the story of you, the universe, and everything”) aptly captures the all-encompassing scope of this ambitious, whirlwind tour of the Big Bang, the formation of the solar system,...
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