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Five questions for Will Hobbs

Since 1988 and the publication of Changes in Latitudes, Will Hobbs has been one of the preeminent adventure novelists writing for young people. Typically, his stories feature a young protagonist confronting some challenge or other posed by the natural world; in his new book Never Say Die, a boy and his adult half-brother face all […]

From the editor – March 2013

I hope you can join us on Thursday, April 25th for “Fostering Lifelong Learners,” a one-day conference about early childhood education the Horn Book is co-sponsoring with the Cambridge Public Library and Reach Out and Read. The keynote address will be provided by Dr. Robert Needlman, editor of Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care, and […]

Books mentioned in the March 2013 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Titles featured in the March 2013 issue of Notes from the Horn Book.

London calling

Victorian- and Edwardian-era England — whether in our own history or in an alternate reality — provides a vivid backdrop for these YA tales of derring-do. Performers in a Victorian freak show are detective heroes in Kieran Larwood’s Freaks. Sheba, a hirsute girl who can morph into wolf form, joins with a “monkey boy,” a […]

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and these four picture-book biographies of remarkable women who broke down boundaries and changed the world should find an audience of primary-aged girls and boys. Michelle Markel brings the plight of early-twentieth-century female garment workers to life in Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909. Persecuted in […]

Animals out and about

Four new titles for preschoolers star animal characters, every young child’s favorite picture book stand-in. In Construction Kitties by Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges, four indisputably cute overall-clad kitties don hard hats and hop into colorful earthmovers to dig into a kid-friendly building project revealed on the back endpapers. Shari Halpern’s gouache illustrations channel Byron Barton’s […]

Boys will be boys: middle-grade adventures

From golems to pirate kings, dragons to wilderness quests, these action-oriented middle-grade novels featuring strong boy protagonists are packed with magic, intrigue, and page-turning plot twists. Sammy is a victim of bullying in Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple’s B.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy). Things improve when he starts a band with a new student named Skink. […]