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The Writer’s Page: The Un-Hero’s Journey

My very first author presentation was in a library branch in my hometown, the Allen County Public Library’s Pontiac Branch in Fort Wayne, Indiana. My first book, The Rock and the River, had just come out and I was eager to get some experience in front of an audience. The library had a regular group […]

The Book That Changed My Life: A Lifelong Journey

When I was a sophomore in college, I read the book that changed my life. I was considering a major in religious studies, and took the required foundation course. On our syllabus were books and articles looking at many different religions from various points of view: theological, psychological, historical, sociological, anthropological. One book caught my […]

Review of Pass the Ball, Mo!

Pass the Ball, Mo! by David A. Adler; illus. by Sam Ricks Primary    Penguin    32 pp.    g 1/18    978-0-425-28978-5    $14.99 In this third Mo Jackson easy reader (Geisel Award–winner Don’t Throw It to Mo!; Get a Hit, Mo!), Mo has found a new sports obsession. The ever-enthusiastic boy has basketball on the brain both at […]

Review of Bigger! Bigger!

Bigger! Bigger! by Leslie Patricelli; illus. by the author Preschool    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 5/18    978-0-7636-7930-9    $15.99 In her previous picture books (Higher! Higher!, rev. 3/09; Faster! Faster!, rev. 3/12), this pigtailed adventurer has taken readers on wild and imaginative rides — swinging high into space; moving as fast as a cheetah. Here the girl […]

The Book That Changed My Life: A Galloping Good Story

Dear Mrs. Henry: You probably don’t remember me. It’s been a long time — forty-five years, can you believe it? — since I last wrote you. I was in fourth grade then, and my teacher Mrs. Rouse (I’m pretty sure I wrote you about her last time) assigned the class your book Misty of Chincoteague. […]

Publishers’ Preview: Diverse Voices: Five Questions for Lesa Cline-Ransome

This interview originally appeared in the May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Diverse Voices, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Post–WWII Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood is a new address […]

Review of Mapping the Bones

Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen Middle School, High School    Philomel    417 pp.    g 3/18    978-0-399-25778-0    $17.99 Yolen (The Devil’s Arithmetic; Briar Rose) returns to the horrors of the Holocaust in this “Hansel and Gretel”–inspired story of cruelty, survival, and love. It begins in the Łodz ghetto, to which Jewish fourteen-year-old twins Chaim and Gittel […]

Publishers’ Preview: Diverse Voices: Five Questions for Justina Ireland

This interview originally appeared in the May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Diverse Voices, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by It’s a Dread Nation indeed when the Civil […]

Publishers’ Preview: Diverse Voices: Five Questions for Jewell Parker Rhodes

This interview originally appeared in the May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Diverse Voices, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Jerome, twelve, has been killed by the police, […]

Publishers’ Preview: Diverse Voices: Five Questions for Pénélope Bagieu

This interview originally appeared in the May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Diverse Voices, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Thirty-two badass women from all eras and corners […]