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Five questions for Margi Preus

In Windswept (Amulet/Abrams, 9–12 years) by Newbery Honoree (for Heart of a Samurai) Margi Preus, children are kept indoors to protect against wielders of cataclysmic weather-related weaponry. An intrepid band of youngsters sets out to fight these “Powers-That-Be.” The tale is steeped in Norwegian folklore, with a satisfying mix of...

Books mentioned in the September 2022 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Margi Preus Windswept by Margi Preus, illus. by Armando Veve; Amulet/Abrams.   Folklore magic Lifeling by Kirsty Applebaum; Holt. The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill; Algonquin. The Mirrorwood by Deva Fagan; Atheneum. Black Bird, Blue Road by Sofiya Pasternack; Versify/HarperCollins. The Callers by Kiah Thomas; Chronicle....

From the Editor - September 2022

Our monthlong virtual celebration of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards begins on October 3, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this year’s winners: Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin (in the Picture Book category — discuss!), Sabaa Tahir, and Brandy Colbert; along with our fabulous honorees. Visit Hbook.com every...

Learning from Mother Nature

The following high-interest, engagingly written, STEM-focused titles explore natural history and the natural world for young adults. For slightly younger teens (and tweens), see also How to Build a Human: In Seven Evolutionary Steps by Pamela S. Turner, illustrated by John Gurche. Duet: Our Journey in Song with the Northern...

Early reader comics

Back-to-school can mean learning to read — and the following comic-format early readers for those just starting out can help build confidence and reading enjoyment. See also our “New for New Readers” column in the Horn Book Magazine, our Summer Reading Beginning Readers and Primary Grades list, and many more...

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.   ...

Five questions for Elizabeth Partridge and Lauren Tamaki

In Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams’s Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration (Chronicle, 10–14 years), author Elizabeth Partridge and illustrator Lauren Tamaki focus on the Manzanar War Relocation Center and three famous photographers’ work. Accessible main text and primary-source quotes combined with remarkably...

Books mentioned in the August 2022 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Elizabeth Partridge and Lauren Tamaki Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams's Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration by Elizabeth Partridge, illus. by Lauren Tamaki; Chronicle.   Where history and biography meet Speak Up, Speak Out!: The Extraordinary Life of “Fighting Shirley Chisholm”...

From the Editor - August 2022

The September/October issue of the Horn Book Magazine is at press and soon to be on its way to your mailboxes (and our website). Check out the mysterious and enticing cover by Vera Brosgol, from A Spoonful of Frogs, by Casey Lyall, and you can even get a jump (ha)...
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