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RIP William Goldman

There’s a history in this office of Feelings about The Princess Bride. Some Horn Bookers find it irritating how often people quote it. (I can’t imagine why.) And others believe that this story within a story is a dweam wiffin a dweam. That “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Fate. Revenge…” is only the beginning. […]

Historical heroes and heroines

These novels for intermediate and middle-school readers show landmark moments in history through the eyes of perceptive preteens. Young Zora Neale Hurston and her friend Carrie are pulled into another mystery involving their tight-knit African American community in Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground. The main narrative, set in 1903, alternates with that of a […]

Jason Reynolds at Temple Kehillath Israel

Hearing Jason Reynolds speak is a bit like listening to spoken-word poetry, as Cindy and I discovered at last Wednesday’s event at Temple Kehillath Israel*, sponsored by Brookline Booksmith. The hugely prolific, award-winning middle-grade and YA author said he would tell us the story of how he got where he is today, and did so […]

Meet our fall 2018 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 our editorial interns Jeannie and Rachel, both of whom are a huge help to us — especially last week as we prepared for the 2018 BGHB Awards ceremony! […]

Poetry with pictures

These illustrated poetry collections touch on a variety of topics — from the everyday to the prehistoric to the supernatural — but all provide inviting ways to introduce primary readers to poetry. In Did You Hear What I Heard?: Poems About School, thirty-five poems follow the months of the school year, from “Bus Stop” to […]

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: Brought to you by Inflatable Bats, a Giant Bumblebee, and Hank Green

Hank Green, the half of vlogbrothers who’s thus far done a million things that aren’t writing books, wrote a book. It’s technically an adult book, and it’s called An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (Dutton). Since Hank is a Green, that called for a night of silliness at the Wilbur Theatre, hosted by Brookline Booksmith. Booksmith events […]

The Miseducation of Cameron Post movie review

Emily M. Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a novel about a teen girl sent to a gay conversion program in the early ‘90s, was not an easy read. Oh, it was good. It just wasn’t easy. But when the film (Filmrise, August 2018; NR) was released, I wanted to support it. And of course, […]

Devoted to Diversity: Publishers with a Purpose

It’s no secret that mainstream publishing has gaps to fill. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s annual statistics show that the numbers of books published about people of color and First/Native Nations people are disproportionately low, and books by members of these groups are even lower in number. (See the July/August 2017 and March/April 2018 Horn […]

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 […]