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Review of The Ogress and the Orphans

The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly BarnhillIntermediate, Middle School    Algonquin    400 pp.    g3/22    978-1-64375-074-3    $19.95e-book ed.  978-1-64375-287-7    $15.95Stone-in-the-Glen used to be a joyful, cooperative place, but a disastrous library fire ushers in an era of divisiveness and suspicion. In parallel story lines, we learn about the dire situation of...

Profile of 2017 Newbery Medal winner Kelly Barnhill by Karlyn Coleman

Photo: Bruce SilcoxKelly Barnhill is magic.Once, when she and I were walking our bounding black dogs in the woods along the Mississippi River, she began to tell a story, and I swear the giant cottonwood trees leaned in, the mighty river slowed, and the dogs trotted closer to her side...

2017 Newbery Medal Acceptance by Kelly Barnhill

Photo: Bruce SilcoxNobody writes a book alone. This may come as a shock to you, those of you who aren’t writers. Because from your point of view, writers sure seem like we’re alone, in our tea-stained yoga pants and ratty sweatshirts and the sun-starved pallor of our faces when it’s...

Review of The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Girl Who Drank the Moonby Kelly BarnhillIntermediate, Middle School    Algonquin    388 pp.8/16    978-1-61620-567-6    $16.95Every year, the people of the Protectorate steel themselves for the Day of Sacrifice, when the elders take the city’s youngest baby and leave it in the woods to appease the witch — a witch no...

Kelly Barnhill 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 Photo: Bruce SilcoxThe Girl Who Drank the Moon is Kelly Barnhill's fourth fantasy novel, none of them a sequel, God bless her. The girl of the...

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