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Review of Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life & Work

Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life & Work by Victoria Ortiz Middle School, High School    Clarion    184 pp.    g 6/19    978-0-544-97364-0    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-328-63990-5    $9.99 Since her appointment to the Supreme Court in 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a hero to many Americans for her progressive positions on cases involving free […]

Middle grade and YA for Pride Month 2019

These novels — some upper-middle grade and some young adult — reflect a range of experiences among LGBTQIA+ young people. Happy Pride! Find more recommendations for Pride Month reading in these featured lists of picture books, middle grade, and YA on the shiny and new Horn Book Guide Online. In The Mighty Heart of Sunny […]

Review of Viral: The Fight Against AIDS in America

Viral: The Fight Against AIDS in America by Ann Bausum Middle School, High School    Viking    166 pp.    g 6/19    978-0-425-28720-0    $17.99 “The first to die left behind little more than their names and brief stories of chaotic, terrifying deaths. Individual by individual, they went from being seemingly well to perplexingly ill in a matter of […]

Review of We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults

We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults by Susan Kuklin; photos by the author Middle School, High School    Candlewick    182 pp. 1/19    978-0-7636-7884-5    $19.99 The Trump administration’s 2017 repeal of DACA put photojournalist Kuklin (Beyond Magenta, rev. 3/14) and her work-in-progress, about undocumented immigrants, in an awkward place: would she be exposing […]

Review of Where the Heart Is

Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    294 pp.    g 4/19    978-1-5362-0003-4    $16.99 On Rachel’s thirteenth birthday, new neighbors move in, affluent dilettante “farmers” who engage her, at minimum wage, to look after their animals while they’re away during the week. She comes to love the menagerie, even Lucy, the surly […]

Game of Thrones read-alikes

Welp, I dunno about you, but I was Not Happy with the most recent episode of Game of Thrones. And given that it was the penultimate episode — ever — I’m getting pretty nervous about the finale on Sunday. Whether you’re sticking out the season and looking for something to help fill the void afterwards, […]

Review of Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II

Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II by Andrea Warren Intermediate, Middle School    Ferguson/Holiday    214 pp. 3/19    978-0-8234-4151-8    $22.99 Continuing her theme of children in peril because of governmental policies outside of their control, Warren (Surviving Hitler, rev. 3/01; Escape from Saigon, […]

2019 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Middle School

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Here are our top ten books for different age ranges — including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — all published 2018–2019 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For a handy take-along list of […]

Review of Wildheart: The Daring Adventures of John Muir

Wildheart: The Daring Adventures of John Muir by Julie Bertagna; illus. by William Goldsmith Intermediate, Middle School    Yosemite Conservancy    128 pp. 3/19    978-1-930238-94-7    $17.99 This creatively rendered biography-in-comics-format of John Muir (1838–1914) is filled with the naturalist’s adventures, from his childhood in Scotland to his pioneering conservation work and formation of America’s National Parks. Muir’s […]

Review of The Undefeated

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander; illus. by Kadir Nelson Primary, Intermediate, Middle School     Versify/Houghton     40 pp.    g 4/19     978-1-328-78096-6     $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-05761-1     $12.99 Alexander and Nelson honor the achievements, courage, and perseverance of ordinary black people as well as prominent black artists, athletes, and activists. The free-verse poem begins: “This is for the unforgettable. / […]