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

Five questions for John Cho and Sarah Suk Troublemaker by John Cho with Sarah Suk; Little, Brown.   Living through history The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander; Little, Brown. Loyalty by Avi; Clarion/HarperCollins. Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson; Little, Brown. We Were the Fire: Birmingham 1963 by Shelia P. Moses; Paulsen/Penguin. Playing a Dangerous Game by Patrick Ochieng;...

From the Editor - July 2022

Compiling these lists in the midst of a heatwave made it a little tough for the Horn Book editors to focus on back-to-school — but as the big box stores never fail to remind us: it’s right around the corner! Our annual BTS issue of Notes features a cool thirty-plus...

Concept books including and beyond ABCs

These recent concepts books bring added depth and enjoyment to learning ABCs, 123s, mapping skills, and more. Where’s My Cat? by Seymour Chwast; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Minedition    32 pp.    g 6/22    978-1-6626-5069-7    $12.99 e-book ed.  978-1-6626-5070-3    $7.99 In this odd little delight, Chwast takes objects you might...

School 101

From first-day-of-school jitters to conquering kindergarten, the talent show, and more, these picture books are as entertaining as they are reassuring to young readers just beginning their educational journey. The Queen of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes; illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton Preschool, Primary    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.    g 5/22    978-0-593-11142-0    $17.99 e-book...

Not too cool

The following school-set novels for tween and teen readers touch on identity, friendship, dating, family, education, grief, and more — all issues perennially faced (and grappled with) by real-life young adults. In Honor of Broken Things by Paul Acampora Middle School    Dial    208 pp.    g 3/22    978-1-9848-1664-1    $17.99 e-book ed. ...

School-set comics

Comics do belong at school — and many of them, including the following graphic novels and graphic memoirs for middle graders and middle schoolers, even take place there. See also Guide/Reviews Database subject: Graphic novels; “Middle-Grade Graphic Novels Make Good”; and the Graphic Novels tag at Other Boys by...

Living through history

While living through their own turbulent times, today’s middle graders and middle schoolers can look to historical fiction to learn about the past — and to take those lessons into the future. See also Five Questions for John Cho and Sarah Suk about Troublemaker. The Door of No Return by...

Five questions for John Cho and Sarah Suk

Troublemaker (Little, Brown, 10 years and up) is the middle-grade debut — starred by The Horn Book — of acclaimed actor John Cho, co-written by YA author Sarah Suk. The story takes place in 1992 and follows one (fictional) Korean American preteen’s experiences and observations surrounding what were then called...

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....
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