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Review of Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel; illus. by Melissa Sweet Primary     Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins     32 pp. 2/13    978-0-06-180442-7    $17.9 The plight of early-twentieth-century female garment workers is brought to life in this biography of labor leader Clara Lemlich. To escape persecution in their native Ukraine, the Jewish Lemlichs […]

Review of Audiobooks for Youth

Librarian, columnist, and blogger (Audiobooker) Mary Burkey knows her audiobooks, and in Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA) she proves it with this thorough, cogent, well-organized, and insightful publication. She covers the history of children’s audiobooks, gives us definitions, brings us inside the production of an audiobook via interviews with narrators […]

Review of Ask the Passengers

Ask the Passengers by A. S. King High School    Little, Brown    295 pp. 10/12    978-0-316-19468-6    $17.99 Astrid would be the quintessential Q-for-Questioning girl in her high school’s LGBTQ support group if her small-town, small-minded school had such a thing — and the gay question is only one of many weighing her down. When her humanities […]

Review of Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems

Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems by Marilyn Singer; 
illus. by Josée Masse Primary    Dial    32 pp. 2/13    978-0-8037-3769-3    $16.99    g “It’s not easy,” warns Singer in a note about the “reverso,” a verse form she created and first used in Mirror Mirror (rev. 3/10); and the first poem (“Fairy Tales”) in this companion […]

Review of My Brother’s Book

My Brother’s Book by Maurice Sendak; 
illus. by the author di Capua/HarperCollins    32 pp. 2/13    978-0-06-223489-6    $18.95    g If, as Wordsworth wrote, “poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity,” Sendak’s vision of a Dante-esque search for his beloved brother Jack (1924–1995) is poetry in both […]

Review of Courage Has No Color, the True Story of the Triple Nickles

Courage Has No Color, the True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone Middle School, High School    Candlewick    148 pp. 1/13    978-0-7636-5117-6    $24.99 e-book ed.  978-0-7636-6405-3    $24.99 “How does one survive and outlast the racism that was our daily fare at that time?” asks artist Ashley Bryan in the […]

Review of Etched in Clay

Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet by Andrea Cheng; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Lee & Low   143 pp. 1/13    978-1-60060-451-5    $17.95    g Readers familiar with Laban Carrick Hill and Bryan Collier’s 2011 Caldecott Honor–winning picture book Dave the Potter will appreciate Cheng’s interpretation of the man’s life […]

Review of Days of Blood & Starlight

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor High School    Little, Brown    517 pp. 11/12    978-0-316-13397-5    $18.99 Star-crossed lovers Karou and Akiva, torn apart by unforgivable betrayal at the end of Daughter of Smoke & Bone (rev. 11/11), are now engaged in the renewed war between the chimaera and the seraphim. Both are repulsed by […]

Andrea Davis Pinkney on Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

In the January/February 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Jonathan Hunt asks Andrea Davis Pinkney about selecting subjects for Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America. Read the review of Hand in Hand here. Jonathan Hunt: How did you approach the difficult task of narrowing your list? Can you tell us who almost made […]

Review of Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney; 
illus. by Brian Pinkney Intermediate, Middle School    Disney-Jump at the Sun    243 pp. 10/12    978-1-4231-4257-7    $19.99 Presenting ten biographical vignettes in chronological order — Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, […]