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Shoshana Flax

About Shoshana Flax

Shoshana Flax, assistant editor for The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons College.

Wrock ‘n’ roll

You’re never too old to save Ginny Weasley from the basilisk — or to rock out while one crowd-surfs. That’s just what Cindy and I did last weekend at the Coolidge Corner Theater, where wizard-rock pioneers Harry and the Potters and their opener Lauren Fairweather turned moment after moment from our beloved series into musical […]

A is for Avonlea: Anne of Green Gables board books

When books “Inspired by Anne of Green Gables” enter the office, I take notice (as I’m often inspired by AoGG myself). So when two Anne-based board books, Anne’s Colors and Anne’s Numbers by Kelly Hill (Tundra, May 2018) showed up, I had to pore over them. Anne’s Colors has more for Anne fans to get […]

Review of House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery

House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery by Liz Rosenberg; illus. by Julie Morstad Middle School, High School    Candlewick    339 pp.    g 6/18    978-0-7636-6057-4    $17.99 The author best known for Anne of Green Gables left behind extensive letters and journals; Rosenberg has gathered information from these and other sources to create a detailed […]

Strange and magical middle-grade

What’s summer without a vacation from the norm? These fantasy and sci-fi novels for intermediate and middle-school readers are anything but ordinary. You’d think it would be hard to forget a weird, green, diminutive creature dressed in a chicken costume, but Livy has since her last visit to her grandmother’s in Australia five years ago. […]

Conference report: Association of Jewish Libraries 2018

Jewish community events often feel like family gatherings. When you show up at your first Association of Jewish Libraries conference (June 17th–19th, 2018) as a baby committee member — a.k.a. an incoming member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee, which honors “outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience” — […]

Calling all fall internship applicants!

Interested in learning more about the children’s book industry, book reviewing, or how magazines and review journals operate? A Horn Book internship is a great place to start. Our editorial interns are an invaluable help in managing the gazillion books that enter and leave our office (and if the phrase “gazillion books” sounds appealing to […]

Meet our summer interns!

Every semester, we ask our interns to tell us a little about themselves. (Our ulterior motive: we want to chat with them about their favorite books!) Meet brand-new editorial interns Colleen and Flannery, both of whom will be a huge help to us this summer. Interested in a Horn Book internship? The deadline to apply […]

CBB Trivia Night 2018—or—Lyle, Lyle Bibliophile: We Never Wabered

The venue for the fifth annual Children’s Books Boston Trivia Night, the Brahmin, was new this year. But much was the same: host Jack Gantos and his Gantosian commentary. Silly team names: “TK,” “Where’s Papa Going with That Axe?” And of course, lots of children’s literature professionals muttering, “I should know this!” Elissa and I, […]

#NESCBWI18 recap

The 2018 New England SCBWI annual conference — with the theme “Dream. Explore. Create.” — was held in Springfield, MA, April 20th–22nd.  I’ve attended this conference most years since 2008, and was aware of some welcome new measures: attendees are now required to read the SCBWI anti-harassment policy before registering, and the (always large and […]

The power of poetry

April is National Poetry Month! The following books show how poetry can combine with illustrations to express all kinds of feelings, from love to uncertainty to pride in one’s heritage. For more, click the tag poetry and see our upcoming Horn Book Herald: Spring News e-newsletter, featuring our Five Questions interview with Young People’s Poet […]