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Promoting good books for children and young adults is the heart of The Horn Book’s editorial mission. Archived here are annotated lists of recommended titles.

Review of As You Wish audiobook

As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti; read by Brian Hutchison High School    Recorded Books    Rev. 1/18 8 CDs    9.75 hrs.    978-1-5019-7224-9    $24.49 In a Nevada desert town where everyone gets a wish on his or her eighteenth birthday (and it comes true), seventeen-year-old Eldon doesn’t know what to choose. What’s more, he’s convinced that most […]

Review of The Sinking of the Vasa

The Sinking of the Vasa by Russell Freedman; illus. by William Low Primary, Intermediate    Godwin/Holt    40 pp.    g 8/18    978-1-62779-866-2    $18.99 Freedman (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 to […]

Review of Sunny

Sunny [Track] by Jason Reynolds Intermediate, Middle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    163 pp. 4/18    978-1-4814-5021-8    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-5023-2    $10.99 As in Reynolds’s two previous novels in the Track series (Ghost, rev. 11/16; Patina, rev. 11/17), sports aren’t really the point here — certainly not for Sunny, the team’s best miler, who decides, just as he’s about […]

Review of The Princess and the Pit Stop

The Princess and the Pit Stop by Tom Angleberger; illus. by Dan Santat Preschool, Primary    Abrams    48 pp. 7/18    978-1-4197-2848-8    $16.99 With one lap to go in this fast-paced mashup of fairy tale and auto race, the Princess finds herself in last place after a pit stop. Undaunted, she once again takes off around the […]

Review of Waylon!: Even More Awesome audiobook

Waylon!: Even More Awesome by Sara Pennypacker; read by Christopher Gebauer Intermediate    Recorded Books    Rev. 11/17 3 CDs    2.5 hrs.    978-1-5019-8150-0    $10.45 Fourth grader Waylon and his classmate Baxter (“the closest thing to a juvenile delinquent [Waylon] had ever encountered”) are dog lovers with a problem: if they don’t find a permanent home for Dumpster […]

Review of Beasts of India

Beasts of India edited by Kanchana Arni and Gita Wolf; illus. by various artists Preschool, Primary    Tara    48 pp. 6/18    978-93-83145-58-4    $30.00 Pricey, 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 the […]

Review of A Thousand Beginnings and Endings: 15 Retellings of Asian Myths and Legends

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings: 15 Retellings of Asian Myths and Legends edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman Middle School, High School    Greenwillow    328 pp.    g 6/18    978-0-06-267115-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-267117-2    $8.99 Fifteen authors of East and South Asian descent present original short stories inspired by culture-specific tales from their own childhoods; immediately […]

Review of Square

Square by Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen Primary    Candlewick    40 pp.    g 5/18    978-0-7636-9607-8    $15.99 The Barnett-Klassen tag team is back with a companion book to Triangle (rev. 5/17), told through the collaborators’ signature meld of earthy, textured images and witty, thoughtful narrative. Square spends his days pushing square-shaped boulders from the bottom of […]

Review of The Journey of Little Charlie audiobook

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis; read by Michael Crouch Intermediate, Middle School    Listening Library Rev. 3/18    5 CDs    5.23 hrs.    978-0-8041-6802-1    $45.00 Twelve-year-old narrator “Little Charlie” Bobo is already the size of a man, and when his South Carolina sharecropper father dies in a freak accident, the sheriff suspects Charlie. Charlie […]

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 Foundation by Kate Messner; illus. by Matthew Forsythe Primary    Chronicle    48 pp. 5/18    978-1-4521-3350-8    $17.99 The same sentence — “It starts with one” — opens and closes this account of the threatened Florida Keys coral reefs and one […]