Subscribe to The Horn Book

Graphic-novel biographies and memoirs

Chandler, Matt  Outrunning the Nazis: The Brave Escape of Resistance Fighter Sven Somme Illustrated by Daniele Nicotra. Gr. 4–6, middle school     32 pp.     Capstone/Graphic Library Yomtov, Nel  Death Camp Uprising: The Escape from Sobibor Concentration Camp Illustrated by Wilson Tortosa. Gr. 4–6, middle school     32 pp.     Capstone/Graphic Library Great Escapes of World War II series. […]

Interesting invention stories

Allman, Toney  Women Scientists and Inventors Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint Collective Biographies series. Following a brief introduction describing historical obstacles to women’s careers in sciences, this volume profiles six successful women and their rise to influence. Each fairly short bio narrates the ups and downs of its subject’s career, and most paint […]


Brunetti, Ivan  Wordplay Gr. K–3     40 pp.     TOON After Annemarie defines compound word for her teacher, the girl imagines interpreting compounds part by part: an eggplant, for instance, would be a plant that grows eggs. Spacious graphic-novel panels invite readers to spend time with each of Brunetti’s humorous illustrations. The two words that make each […]

Calm and confidence

Foudy, Julie  Choose to Matter: Your Guide to Being Courageously and Fabulously You Middle school, high school     304 pp.     Disney/espnW Drawing on casual, “feet up, shoes off” (#SockTalk) interviews with successful women and on advice she gives at leadership clinics, Olympic gold-medalist soccer player Foudy encourages young women to develop leadership skills in broad social […]

Books mentioned in the January 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Animal-human relationships Castaldo, Nancy F.  Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel Middle school, high school     152 pp.     Houghton     2017 Trade ISBN 978-0-544-63335-3 Dutcher, Jim and Dutcher, Jamie  Living with Wolves!: True Stories of Adventures with Animals [National Geographic Kids Chapters series] Gr. K–3     111 pp.     National Geographic     2016 Library binding ISBN 978-1-4263-2564-9 […]

Review of Victoria: Portrait of a Queen

Victoria: Portrait of a Queen by Catherine Reef Middle School    Clarion    246 pp. 11/17    978-0-544-71614-8    $18.99 Fans’ obsession with Victorian England seems never-ending, yet how much do young Victorianaphiles know about the real woman who gave the period its name? Coming to the rescue is veteran biographer Reef (Ernest Hemingway, rev. 9/09; Florence Nightingale, rev. […]

Geology nonfiction that rocks

These rockin’ nonfiction titles use a variety of formats and approaches to offer intermediate readers engaging lessons in earth science. Author Charlotte Guillain and illustrator Yuval Zommer’s The Street Beneath My Feet provides a journey to the center of the Earth via a clever vertical accordion-fold book design. Turn the sturdy pages from bottom to […]

Review of Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories

Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories by Jack Gantos; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Farrar    203 pp. 8/17    978-0-374-30456-0    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-374-30457-7    $9.99 Gantos advises budding writers to keep journals as copiously as he has done since his youth, and the idea of maintaining one’s own […]

Review of A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman; illus. by Isabel Greenberg Primary    Greenwillow    40 pp. 9/17    978-0-06-245578-9    $17.99 “This entire world is filled with crazy numbers, built one on top of the other, making it whole and complete.” Fishman and Greenberg engagingly highlight the wondrousness of numbers and stars, as well as just about […]

Review of A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E. B. White

A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E. B. White by Barbara Herkert; illus. by Lauren Castillo Primary    Ottaviano/Holt    40 pp. 10/17    978-1-62779-245-5    $18.99 The writer E. B. White is introduced here in spare text and warm images, with a focus on White’s love of nature and animals as well as the […]