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Review of Animal Masquerade

Animal Masquerade by Marianne Dubuc; trans. from 
the French by Yvette Ghione; 
illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Kids Can    120 pp. 3/12    978-1-55453-782-2    $16.95 For kids who never tire of driving one joke into the ground, this is the perfect book — and for their adults, there are enough surprises to make that one […]

Review of Summer in the City

Summer in the City by Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel; illus. by Marie-Louise Gay Intermediate    Groundwood    151 pp. 4/12    978-1-55498-177-9    $15.95    g e-book ed.  978-1-55498-200-4    $15.95 Sixth grade is almost over, summer’s approaching, and Charlie’s parents haven’t revealed the family’s summer plans yet. What great adventure is in store? In the past, they’ve been caught […]

If Babies Ran The Horn Book, Part 2 of 4

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Elizabeth Wein on Code Name Verity

From the May/June 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Roger asks Code Name Verity author Elizabeth Wein about writing books and flying airplanes. Read the full review of Code Name Verity here. Roger Sutton: You’re a pilot—what has flying taught you about writing? Elizabeth Wein: As a student pilot, the lengthy “outside aircraft checks” […]

Review of Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein High School    Hyperion    337 pp. 5/12    978-1-4231-5219-4    $16.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-4231-5325-2    $16.99 Wein’s exceptional — downright sizzling — abilities as a writer of historical adventure fiction are spectacularly evident in this taut, captivating story of two young women, spy and pilot, during World War II. Wein gives us […]

Review of We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March

We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson Middle School, High School     Peachtree     176 pp. 2/12     978-1-56145-627-7     $19.95 Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963 was a “dismally segregated” place, from lunch counters, parks, and department-store dressing rooms to public schools. The civil rights movement led by Fred Shuttlesworth, Ralph Abernathy, and […]

If Babies Ran The Horn Book, Part 1 of 4

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Review of Lady Hahn and Her Seven Friends

Lady Hahn and 
Her Seven Friends by Yumi Heo; illus. by the author Primary    Ottaviano/Holt    32 pp. 4/12    978-0-8050-4127-9    $16.99    g “Long, long ago when tigers still smoked pipes, there lived Lady Hahn.” Heo’s story, which originates from an unknown Korean author’s nineteenth-century classical essay, reads like a folktale: a straightforward telling, a simple refrain, […]

From The Guide: Mythology

Sirens may be the new vampires. In the spring 2012 Guide issue, there are no fewer than five books about sirens (and another four about mermaids). In any event, Greek mythology seems to be having its own resurgence, hot on the wingéd heels of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson books. The following titles, all recommended by […]

The Horn Book Magazine — May/June 2012

     Table of Contents   Features Roger Sutton 10 What Hath Harry Wrought? How Harry Potter changed children’s publishing. Uma Krishnaswami 19 No Joke! Yes, multicultural fiction can be funny. Barbara Bader 27 Cleveland and Pittsburgh Create a Profession Early children’s librarianship in two cities of the industrial heartland. Jane Yolen 35 A Children’s […]