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Five questions for Talia Dutton

M Is for Monster (Surely/Abrams ComicArts, 14 years and up) by Talia Dutton is a comic-format, gothic, sci-fi, horror story about family and identity that takes for granted that people should identify their pronouns, and is published by a new queer graphic-novel imprint (curated by Mariko Tamaki). Happy Pride! 1....

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

Five questions for Ruta Sepetys M Is for Monster by Talia Dutton; Surely/Abrams ComicArts. YA PRIDE Only on the Weekends by Dean Atta; Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins. Before We Disappear by Shaun David Hutchinson; HarperTeen. Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie; Feiwel. The Chandler Legacies by Abdi Nazemian; Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins....

From the Editor - June 2022

Please join us next Wednesday, June 22, at noon EDT for the announcement of the 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. This year marks our fifty-fifth anniversary — it’s not the Newbery centennial, but certainly a point of pride. And speaking of Pride — we’re continuing to celebrate LGBTQIA+ voices...

Picture books for National Caribbean American Heritage Month 2022

National Caribbean American Heritage Month is celebrated in June, a time to recognize “the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States.” The following seven picture books, a mix of fiction and nonfiction, star Caribbean people or those of Caribbean descent and...

In the good old summertime

If you’ve already blazed through our Summer Reading: Intermediate and Middle School lists, here are six additional summer-set titles to bring sunshine to your day. See also our Guide/Reviews Database chapter books, middle-grade, and YA summer camp booklists and Guide/Reviews Database subject Seasons: Summer. Fibbed by Elizabeth Agyemang; illus. by...

YA Pride

June is Pride Month, and these six YA titles — a contemporary novel in verse; a fantasy; historical fiction tinged with magic; horror; and two works of realistic fiction — showcase the diversity of choice for readers seeking LGBTQIA+ characters. See also Pauli Murray: The Life of a Pioneering Feminist...

Five questions for Ruta Sepetys

I Must Betray You (Philomel, 12 years and up) by Ruta Sepetys takes place in 1989 Romania under the repressive rule of Ceauşescu and on the cusp of revolution. Sepetys (most recently The Fountains of Silence) once again proves her mastery of immersive, propulsive, historical-fiction thrillers. 1. What draws you...

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

Five questions for Ruta Sepetys I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys; Philomel. The costs of conflicts Enduring Freedom by Jawad Arash and Trent Reedy; Algonquin. Sugar Town Queens by Malla Nunn; Putnam. World in Between: Based on a True Refugee Story by Kenan Trebinčević and Susan Shapiro; Clarion. The...

From the Editor - May 2022

We are still reacting in horror to the racist murders in Buffalo, New York, over the weekend. Because we strongly believe that more, not less, learning and contemplation helps overcome hate, we hope that the Guide/Reviews Database booklist “Unlearning Hate,” with books for all ages, proves useful. And with May...
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