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Review of MapMaker

MapMaker by Lisa Moore Ramée Intermediate, Middle School     Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    320 pp.         g9/22     978-0-06-303942-1     $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-303944-5    $12.99 Walt and his family relocate to the boring town of Blackbird Bay the summer before seventh grade. His friends are back in L.A., and his twin...
      
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Review of Build a House

Build a House by Rhiannon Giddens ; illus. by Monica Mikai Primary     Candlewick    40 pp.     g10/22     978-1-5362-2252-4     $17.99 In near-singable text, musician Giddens (co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops band) brings to life a lyrical tale of Black trials, triumphs, determination, and home. A Black father,...
      

Emile and the Field

[Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book, followed by the post's author's critique.]   Emile and the Field by Kevin Young; illus. by Chioma Ebinama Preschool    Make Me a World/Random    40 pp.    g 3/22    978-1-9848-5042-3    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-9848-5043-0    $20.99 e-book...
      

Jodi Lynn Anderson Talks 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   In Each Night Was Illuminated, high school senior Cassie remembers secretly witnessing a disaster as a child, and the mysterious friend who saw it with her. Now that friend...
      

The Art of Visual Storytelling in Long-Form Nonfiction

In order to create compelling narratives without ever making anything up, authors of long-form narrative nonfiction employ such elements as setting, character, and plot development; specificity of detail; and dialogue, forming an intimate connection between research and craft. Book design is not generally in our purview (for a variety of...
      

Review of Attack of the Black Rectangles

Attack of the Black Rectangles by Amy Sarig King Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    263 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-338-68052-2    $17.99 Sixth grader Mac Delaney isn’t sure what to expect after being assigned to Ms. Sett’s class. She’s famous—“as famous as a person can get in our town”—for writing letters to the...
      

Where Butterflies Fill the Sky

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[Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book, followed by the post's author's critique.]   Where Butterflies Fill the Sky: A Story of Immigration, Family, and Finding Home by Zahra Marwan; illus. by the author Primary    Bloomsbury    48 pp.    g 3/22    978-1-5476-0651-1   ...
      

Folklore magic

The following books for middle graders and middle schoolers use elements of folklore and magic to engage readers in the protagonists’ quests. See also in this newsletter issue our interview with Margi Preus about her new book Windswept, illustrated by Armando Veve. Lifeling by Kirsty Applebaum Intermediate    Holt    272 pp.   ...
      

Review of Tumble

Tumble by Celia C. Pérez Intermediate, Middle School    Kokila/Penguin    368 pp.    g 8/22    978-0-593-32517-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-32519-3    $10.99 Spanish paper ed.  978-1-64473-592-3    $12.95 Twelve-year-old Adela Ramírez has a loving family, a robust middle-school life, and an awesome best friend in her small New Mexico town, known for its love...
      

Field Notes: The Day the Book Banners Came for Us

When our head of youth services came up to me one Thursday afternoon this spring and said, “I want to show you something,” I thought it was going to be something normal for the mid-sized suburban public library I run in Henrietta, New York — like a clogged toilet or...
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