November/December 2021 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews


Illustration from The Message: The Extraordinary Journey of an Ordinary Text Message by Michael Emberley.

The following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December 2021 Horn Book Magazine:

When I Wake Up by Seth Fishman; illus. by Jessixa Bagley (Greenwillow)

The Big Bath House by Kyo Maclear; illus. by Gracey Zhang (Random)

Sweater Weather by Matt Phelan (Greenwillow)

Red and Green and Blue and White by Lee Wind; illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky (Levine Querido)

Everybody in the Red Brick Building by Anne Wynter; illus. by Oge Mora (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)

Off-Limits by Helen Yoon (Candlewick)

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani; illus. by Julia Iredale (Harper/HarperCollins)

Borders by Thomas King; illus. by Natasha Donovan (Little, Brown)

Salt Magic by Hope Larson; illus. by Rebecca Mock (Ferguson/Holiday)

The Swallows’ Flight by Hilary McKay (McElderry)

Garlic & the Vampire by Bree Paulsen (Quill Tree/HarperCollins)

Lotería by Karla Arenas Valenti; illus. by Dana Sanmar (Knopf)

Blancaflor, the Hero with Secret Powers: A Folktale from Latin America by Nadja Spiegelman; illus. by Sergio García Sánchez (TOON)

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson; illus. by Nikkolas Smith (Kokila/Penguin)

The Message: The Extraordinary Journey of an Ordinary Text Message by Michael Emberley (Dlouhy/Atheneum)

Why Is Everybody Yelling?: Growing Up in My Immigrant Family by Marisabina Russo (Farrar)

Picturing a Nation: The Great Depression’s Finest Photographers Introduce America to Itself by Martin W. Sandler (Candlewick)

Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook)

Fox: A Circle of Life Story by Isabel Thomas; illus. by Daniel Egnéus (Bloomsbury)

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone by Traci N. Todd; illus. by Christian Robinson (Putnam)

The People Remember by Ibi Zoboi; illus. by Loveis Wise (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)

Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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