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Review of Barrio Rising: The Protest that Built Chicano Park

Barrio Rising: The Protest that Built Chicano Park by María Dolores Águila; illus. by Magdalena MoraPrimary    Dial    40 pp.6/24    9780593462072    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593462089    $10.99Spanish ed.  9780593462225    $18.99“¡Parque sí, policía no!” This fictionalized account—narrated by a young person—shares the dramatic culmination of efforts by Chicane residents of Barrio Logan to build...

Apply for a summer Horn Book internship + meet interns Allison and Joanna

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. We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2024 internships, which will likely include a combination of remote work and occasional in-person work...

Review of Mari and the Curse of El Cocodrilo

Mari and the Curse of El Cocodrilo by Adrianna CuevasIntermediate, Middle School    Harper/HarperCollins    256 pp.10/23    9780063285491    $18.99e-book ed.  9780063285514    $10.99Twelve-year-old Mari loves her family but tries to avoid “Peak Cubanity,” the times she feels their Cuban heritage sticks out in her small Texan town. When everyone else burns effigies in...

Review of The Young Teacher and the Great Serpent

The Young Teacher and the Great Serpent by Irene Vasco; illus. by Juan Palomino; trans. from Spanish by Lawrence SchimelPrimary    Eerdmans    40 pp.10/23    9780802856173    $18.99e-book ed.  9781467467247    $18.99A young teacher (unnamed in the text) sets off to her remote school assignment in the Amazon armed with determination and a precious...

Review of Before the Devil Knows You’re Here

Before the Devil Knows You’re Here by Autumn KrauseHigh School    Peachtree Teen    227 pp.10/23    9781682636473    $18.99e-book ed.  9781682636480    $11.99When Catalina’s pa dies after drinking cider made from a poisoned apple, “wind burst through the cabin like a ferocious intruder…a man, but his skin rose and fell in patchy, lopsided ridges....

Game of Freedom

In Game of Freedom: Mestre Bimba and the Art of Capoeira (also published in Spanish as Juego de libertad: Mestre Bimba y el arte de la capoeira), Duncan Tonatiuh immortalizes Manoel dos Reis Machado (1899–1974), more commonly known as Mestre Bimba. Bimba’s contributions to capoeira, the Brazilian jogo (game) that...

Review of Farewell Cuba, Mi Isla

Farewell Cuba, Mi Isla by Alexandra DiazMiddle School    Wiseman/Simon    336 pp.9/23    9781534495401    $17.99e-book ed.  9781534495425    $10.99Spanish ed.  9781665911191    $17.99Fleeing Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 1960, Victoria’s family is sure they will be in Miami for only a few weeks—a few months, max—until the United States helps topple Castro’s regime. Still, soon-to-be-thirteen-year-old...

Review of The Last Slice: A Three Kings Day Treat

The Last Slice: A Three Kings Day Treat by Melissa Seron Richardson; illus. by Monica ArnaldoPrimary    Little, Brown    40 pp.12/23    9780316436298    $18.99The Rosca de Reyes for Three Kings Day looks delicious, but Marta is terrified of accidentally swallowing the Niño Dios figure hidden inside the cake. She fears the religious...

Review of It’s Navidad, El Cucuy!

It’s Navidad, El Cucuy! by Donna Barba Higuera; illus. by Juliana PerdomoPreschool, Primary    Abrams    40 pp.9/23    9781419760136    $18.99e-book ed.  9781647006044    $15.54Ramón and his not-so-mythical friend El Cucuy are back for “Nochebuena, the final day of Las Posadas.” With an eye-catching backdrop of cut paper–inspired digital illustrations, Ramón explains the Navidad...

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