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Review of Soaring Earth

Soaring Earth by Margarita Engle Middle School, High School    Atheneum    160 pp.    g 2/19    978-1-5344-2953-6    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2955-0    $10.99 In 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 […]

My Characters Don’t Wear Shoes in the House

This article is not meant as a judgment upon people who wear shoes in the house. Some of my closest friends wear shoes in the house. I fully support the rights of people to have different shoe-wearing practices in their own houses. That said, I don’t wear shoes in my house. My spouse doesn’t, my […]

Review of Sweeping Up the Heart

Sweeping Up the Heart by Kevin Henkes Intermediate, Middle School    Greenwillow    184 pp.    g 3/19    978-0-06-285254-0    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-06-285255-7    $17.89 e-book ed.  978-0-06-285257-1    $9.99 The elegiac spirit of Emily Dickinson’s poem “The Bustle in a House” (from which this book’s title is taken) reverberates throughout Henkes’s story of people struggling to cope with love, […]

Horn Book Magazine — March/April 2019

Table of Contents Features “In the Breaking, Maybe Something Beautiful” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz Adapted from the author’s 2018 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture. “My Characters Don’t Wear Shoes in the House” by Sayantani DasGupta “Being an #OwnVoices author involves learning to trust one’s own story.” “The Dark Fantastic” by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas An excerpt from Thomas’s […]

Review of The Home Builders

The Home Builders by Varsha Bajaj; illus. by Simona Mulazzani Preschool    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.    g 2/19    978-0-399-16685-3    $17.99 This picture book invites children to observe nature for themselves as a variety of creatures busily create their homes: “Do you see the home builders?” The builders work “under the earth, / Below […]

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

I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon by Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul; illus. by Elizabeth Zunon Primary    Millbrook    40 pp.    g 2/19    978-1-5124-4914-3    $19.99 e-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 The Bridge Home

The Bridge Home  by Padma Venkatraman Intermediate, Middle School    Paulsen/Penguin    194 pp.    g 2/19    978-1-5247-3811-2    $16.99  In a drunken rage, the father of eleven-year-old narrator Viji breaks her mother’s arm. Viji decides, “If I wanted a better future, I needed to change the life we had. Now.” The next morning, she and her sister Rukku […]

Review of Meet Miss Fancy

Meet Miss Fancy by Irene Latham; illus. by John Holyfield Primary    Putnam    32 pp.    g 1/19    978-0-399-54668-6    $17.99  Frank (an African American boy who looks to be about ten years old) already loves elephants, with “their flip-flap ears, their tree-stump feet and their swish-swish tails,” so when he hears that a circus elephant named Miss […]

Review of Let ’Er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion

Let ’Er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illus. by Gordon C. James Primary, Intermediate    Carolrhoda    40 pp.    g 2/19    978-1-5124-9808-0    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5145-4180-1    $18.99 Nelson (Bad News for Outlaws, rev. 11/09) returns to the Old West for this engrossing picture-book biography of African American cowboy and bronc buster George […]

Review of Duck & Goose: A Gift for Goose

Duck & Goose: A Gift for Goose [Step into Reading] by Tad Hills; illus. by the author Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    32 pp. 1/19    978-0-525-64490-3    $4.99     Library ed.  978-0-525-64491-0    $12.99     e-book ed.  978-0-525-64492-7    $4.99  For certain kids, the box can be the best part of a gift — especially when it’s as enticing as the one […]