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Review of Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem

Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem [Blue Stars] by Kekla Magoon and Cynthia Leitich Smith; illus. by Molly Murakami Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    176 pp. 3/24    9781536204995    $22.99 Paper ed.  9781536228663    $12.99 e-book ed.  9781536237368    $12.99 In their first graphic novel collaboration, Magoon and Smith introduce readers to cousins Riley...

Review of Harvest House

Harvest House by Cynthia Leitich SmithHigh School    Candlewick    320 pp.4/23    9781536218602    $19.99e-book ed.  9781536227284    $19.99Theater kid Hughie Wolfe, one of the few Indigenous students at his high school, is disappointed when the fall play is cancelled. He sets his sights on a new project: a haunted house fundraiser at the...

We Need Diverse Books: A Decade in Action

It all started on Twitter. In April 2014, the fan convention BookCon announced a lineup of authors for a “blockbuster” panel — a panel that consisted of four white men. Frustrated by this news, authors Ellen Oh and Malinda Lo discussed the lack of representation across the children’s publishing industry...

Review of Sisters of the Neversea

Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith Intermediate    Heartdrum/HarperCollins    320 pp.    g 6/21    978-0-06-286997-5    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-286999-9    $8.99 In her reimagining of a classic, Smith gives readers a decidedly modern look at the magic, adventure, and mystery of Barrie’s Peter Pan, without its derogatory depictions of Indigenous people....

Review of Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith Intermediate, Middle School    Heartdrum/HarperCollins    320 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-06-286994-4    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-286996-8    $9.99 Through this linked anthology by seventeen contributors, readers experience “What Is a Powwow?” (the title of Kim Rogers’s opening poem), as characters converge in Ann...

Cynthia Leitich Smith and Rosemary Brosnan Talk with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by   Author (and, just announced, winner of the 2020 Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature!) Cynthia Leitich Smith and veteran editor Rosemary Brosnan have joined forces to launch Heartdrum, an imprint of...

Five questions for Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith's urban fantasy series the Tantalize quartet did indeed tantalize readers with its vampire-themed eatery Sanguini's: A Very Rare Restaurant (and, of course, the vampires and other supernatural beings involved therein). Her latest novel, Feral Curse (Candlewick, 13–16 years), is the second book in the Tantalize spinoff series...

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