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Review of The Last Last-Day-of-Summer

The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles; illus. by Dapo Adeola Intermediate, Middle School    Versify/Houghton    289 pp.    g 4/19    978-1-328-46083-7    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-04721-6    $9.99 African American cousins Otto and Sheed Alston are local legends in their small Virginia town, often featured in the Logan County Gazette for their daring exploits — getting rid of ghosts, […]

Review of Titanosaur: Discovering the World’s Largest Dinosaur

Titanosaur: Discovering the World’s Largest Dinosaur by José Luis Carballido and Diego Pol; illus. by Florencia Gigena Primary, Intermediate    Orchard/Scholastic    40 pp.    g 3/19    978-1-338-20739-2    $18.99 The paleontologists who discovered the fossilized bones of a group of seven of the largest-known (“for now”) dinosaurs take readers step-by-step through the careful and time-consuming process of unearthing, […]

Review of A Ray of Light: A Book of Science and Wonder

A Ray of Light: A Book of Science and Wonder by Walter Wick; photos by the author Intermediate    Scholastic    40 pp.    g 2/19    978-0-439-16587-7    $17.99 Wick explores the concepts of light and color in a sophisticated yet comprehensible format. As in his masterful A Drop of Water (rev. 3/97; winner of the 1997 Boston Globe–Horn […]

Review of No More Poems!: A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse

No More Poems!: A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse by Rhett Miller; illus. by Dan Santat Primary, Intermediate    Tingley/Little, Brown    48 pp. 3/19    978-0-316-41652-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-41649-8    $9.99 Miller, lead singer/songwriter of the alt-country band Old 97’s, knows how to grab an audience’s attention. This collection of twenty-three kid-pleasing poems opens with […]

Brave girls in audiobooks

These audiobooks starring brave and resilient female protagonists will appeal to middle-grade fans of historical fiction featuring strong and lively young women. March is Women’s History Month. See also our Five Questions interview with Laurie Halse Anderson and the “Strong women making an impact 2019” section in this issue of Notes from the Horn Book; […]

Strong women making an impact 2019

For Women’s History Month, here are four new memoirs and biographies of women who have made a lasting impact in their respective fields. See also our Five Questions interview with Laurie Halse Anderson in this issue; our list of new picture-book bios; the tag women’s history; and KidLitWomen* for more stories of amazing and inspirational […]

Review of Sweeping Up the Heart

Sweeping Up the Heart by Kevin Henkes Intermediate, Middle School    Greenwillow    184 pp.    g 3/19    978-0-06-285254-0    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-06-285255-7    $17.89 e-book ed.  978-0-06-285257-1    $9.99 The elegiac spirit of Emily Dickinson’s poem “The Bustle in a House” (from which this book’s title is taken) reverberates throughout Henkes’s story of people struggling to cope with love, […]

Books for Black Future Month

This February, as in previous years, we’ve been commemorating Black History Month by highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about Black authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field. New additions this year include “’To Be Great, Heroic or Beautiful’: The Enduring Legacy of The Brownies’ Book” by […]

Review of The Bridge Home

The Bridge Home  by Padma Venkatraman Intermediate, Middle School    Paulsen/Penguin    194 pp.    g 2/19    978-1-5247-3811-2    $16.99  In a drunken rage, the father of eleven-year-old narrator Viji breaks her mother’s arm. Viji decides, “If I wanted a better future, I needed to change the life we had. Now.” The next morning, she and her sister Rukku […]

Review of Let ’Er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion

Let ’Er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illus. by Gordon C. James Primary, Intermediate    Carolrhoda    40 pp.    g 2/19    978-1-5124-9808-0    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5145-4180-1    $18.99 Nelson (Bad News for Outlaws, rev. 11/09) returns to the Old West for this engrossing picture-book biography of African American cowboy and bronc buster George […]