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Reviews of the 2024 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction and Poetry Award Winners and Honor Book

Nonfiction and Poetry Winners Nonfiction Winner The Mona Lisa Vanishes: A Legendary Painter, a Shocking Heist, and the Birth of a Global Celebrity by Nicholas Day; illus. by Brett Helquist Intermediate, Middle School    Random House Studio/Random    288 pp. 9/23    9780593643846    $19.99 Library ed.  9780593643853    $22.99 e-book ed.  9780593643860    $11.99 The...

Reviews of the 2024 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction Award Winner and Honor Books

Fiction Winner Remember Us by Jacqueline Woodson Middle School    Paulsen/Penguin    192 pp. 10/23    9780399545467    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780399545481    $10.99 Sage Durham, a basketball-obsessed Black twelve-year-old, is looking forward to a summer of pick-up games with the boys (she’s always the only girl on the court) in her close-knit 1970s Brooklyn...

Review of the 2024 Boston Globe–Horn Book Special Citation

Special Citation The New Brownies’ Book: A Love Letter to Black Families by Karida L. Brown and Charly Palmer Chronicle    208 pp. 10/23    9781797216829    $40.00 This inspiring and impressive volume is a tribute to the original Brownies’ Book: A Monthly Magazine for Children of the Sun (an offshoot of W. E....

Review of Not Just the Driver!

Not Just the Driver! by Sara Holly Ackerman; illus. by Robert NeubeckerPreschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp.4/24    9781665936378    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665936385    $10.99This spirited look at a range of mass transportation vehicles showcases some of the vital but less visible jobs involved in making them move. “Who makes buses rev and...

Review of One Big Open Sky

One Big Open Sky by Lesa Cline-Ransome Intermediate, Middle School    Holiday    240 pp. 3/24    9780823450169    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780823457496    $10.99 In 1879, Lettie’s African American family begins a westward journey from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nebraska, where her father seeks a better life for them. “We can’t live free / on...

Review of On a Summer Night

On a Summer Night by Deborah Hopkinson; illus. by Kenard Pak Preschool    Chronicle    56 pp. 5/24    9781797200132    $18.99 In this quiet cumulative story, everyone—and everything—wakens, one by one. Who has woken the girl, the cat, the dog, the rabbit, the tree, the air, and the cloud? The reader and protagonist...

Review of The Iguanodon’s Horn: How Artists and Scientists Put a Dinosaur Back Together Again and Again…and Again

The Iguanodon’s Horn: How Artists and Scientists Put a Dinosaur Back Together Again and Again…and Again by Sean Rubin; illus. by the author Primary    Clarion/HarperCollins    48 pp. 3/24    9780063239210    $21.99 What did dinosaurs really look like? The best attempts to answer this question are constantly changing. Rubin shows how each...

Review of Orris and Timble: The Beginning

Orris and Timble: The Beginning by Kate DiCamillo; illus. by Carmen Mok Primary    Candlewick    80 pp. 4/24    9781536222791    $16.99 e-book ed.  9781536237191    $16.99 Orris the rat lives a quiet, reclusive life nestled in the wall of an abandoned barn. He papers his hideaway with stories from discarded books, tends to...

Review of Ahoy!

Ahoy! by Sophie Blackall; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Schwartz/Random    48 pp. 4/24    9780593429396    $19.99 Library ed.  9780593429402    $22.99 e-book ed.  9780593429419    $10.99 Picture books about imaginary play can be belabored or overly precious. Not so Blackall’s brilliantly constructed latest. The opening setting is a living room (just a...
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