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Five questions for Libba Bray

Libba Bray sure gets around. The last we saw of her she was playing Survivor with a bunch of Beauty Queens (Scholastic, 14–17 years) on a mysterious island; before that she was Going Bovine (Delacorte, 14–17 years) on a crazy road trip across the country accompanied by a dying teenage boy and a guardian angel […]

Ghosts and zombies, weirdness and gore

The following books offer chills and thrills with some laughs thrown in for good measure. What more do middle-graders and middle-schoolers need come October 31st? Invisible Inkling: Dangerous Pumpkins by Emily Jenkins picks up the story of fourth-grade Brooklynite Hank Wolowitz and his bandipat friend Inkling (an invisible, endangered, pumpkin-loving creature). It’s almost Halloween, and […]

Books mentioned in the October 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

5 Questions for Libba Bray Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, Scholastic, 14–17 years. Going Bovine by Libba Bray, Delacorte, 14–17 years. The Diviners by Libba Bray, Little, 14–17 years. More left-of-center fantasy Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan, HarperTeen, 14–17 years. The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry, Amulet/Abrams, 14–17 years. Such Wicked […]

From the Editor – October 2012

If your library is anything like the ones I worked in years ago, there were two types of holiday books we could never keep on the shelves regardless of season. Christmas books went out all year round, and books about monsters, ghouls, the Great Pumpkin and anything with a “scary story” were always in demand. […]

Diseased bodies, blood, and bones

Sounds like the makings for a horror movie or witch’s brew. However, the topics covered in four new nonfiction books are less gory than they are invitations to broaden readers’ understanding of the history of humankind. HP Newquist’s The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins provides an intriguing, encyclopedic profile […]

Spooks, and ninjas, and vampires—oh my!

Who needs candy? These four new treats will satisfy picture book fans hungry for Halloween fun. While delivering invitations to his Halloween party, ghost Oliver, star of Leo Landry’s Trick or Treat, doesn’t notice when one slips away and floats down to two boys. When “a little cow and a little jack-o’-lantern” unexpectedly arrive at […]

Left-of-center supernatural fantasy

This time of year, vampires, zombies, and other things that go bump in the night — already omnipresent in YA fantasy — get an extra workout. These new novels are no mere creature features, though, presenting carefully crafted dark fantasy worlds and nuanced “monsters” more like us than we might want to believe. In The […]