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Reviews of the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winner and Honor Books

Nonfiction Winner Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero; illus. by Zeke Peña Middle School, High School    Getty    96 pp. 3/18    978-1-947440-00-5    $19.95 This 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award–winning biography introduces readers to “an icon. Orgullo mexicano. Maestra.” Photographer Graciela Iturbide’s (b. 1942) story is told in comic-panel format, with striking black-and-white […]

Review of Champion: The Comeback of the 

American Chestnut Tree

Champion: The Comeback of the 

American Chestnut Tree by Sally M. Walker Intermediate, Middle School    Holt    136 pp. 3/18    978-1-250-12523-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-12524-8    $9.99 The American chestnut tree once dotted the landscape in the eastern United States, but a mysterious blight began to wipe the trees out in the early twentieth century due to […]

Review of All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage 

Barge and Our Problem with Stuff

All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage 

Barge and Our Problem with Stuff by Meghan McCarthy; 

illus. by the author Primary    Wiseman/Simon    48 pp. 2/18    978-1-4814-7752-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-7753-6    $10.99 McCarthy sets her historical scene 
with three iconic 1980s images: a “speedy white car,” “boxy-looking computers,” and “big hair,” all depicted in […]

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

Psychology, emotions, and wellness Savvy: Stress-Busting Survival Guides series Andrus, Aubre  Happiness Hacks: How to Find Energy & Inspiration With Karen Bluth; illustrated by Veronica Collignon Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     Capstone     2017 Library binding ISBN 978-1-5157-6820-3 Andrus, Aubre  Me Time: How to Manage a Busy Life With Karen Bluth; illustrated by Veronica Collignon […]

Engineering and technology

Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Bridge Projects Gr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastle Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Canal Projects Gr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastle Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Dam Projects Gr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastle Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Road Projects Gr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastle Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Skyscraper Projects Gr. […]

Pollution and conservation

Barker, David M.  E-Waste Middle school, high school 112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Hand, Carol  Melting Arctic Ice Middle school, high school 112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Perdew, Laura  The California Drought Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Perdew, Laura  The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Middle school, high school     112 pp. ABDO/Essential Library Ecological Disasters […]

Refugees and immigrants

Currie, Stephen  Undocumented Immigrant Youth Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint Forgotten Youth series. Currie describes the experiences of children who come to America illegally, either with or without their parents. Using statistics and first-person accounts, the presentation documents the difficulties encountered, including fear of detection and deportation, problems involving detention centers, and factors […]

Adolescence and sexuality

Bialik, Mayim  Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular Middle school, high school     179 pp.     Philomel This volume covers changing anatomy, physical and emotional development, common setbacks, and the importance of mindfulness and responsible decision-making on the journey from child to young woman. Scientist/actor Bialik’s breezy yet intimate voice addresses readers directly, and […]

Psychology, emotions, and wellness

Andrus, Aubre  Happiness Hacks: How to Find Energy & Inspiration Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     Capstone Andrus, Aubre  Me Time: How to Manage a Busy Life Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.      Capstone Andrus, Aubre Stress Less: How to Achieve Inner Calm & Relaxation Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     Capstone Illustrated by Veronica […]

Review of March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine

March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine by Melba Pattillo Beals; 

illus. by Frank Morrison Intermediate, Middle School    Houghton    214 pp. 1/18    978-1-328-88212-7    $16.99 Beals, author of the adult memoir 
Warriors Don’t Cry, received the 
Congressional Gold Medal for her bravery in helping to integrate Central High School in 1957 as one […]