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

5 Questions for Steve Sheinkin Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin, Flash Point/Roaring Brook, 12–16 years. The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery, Flash Point/Roaring Brook, 12–16 years. More war books Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by […]

Five questions for Steve Sheinkin

Steve Sheinkin, author of the 2011 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award–winning The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery (12–16 years, Flash Point/Roaring Brook), is fast emerging as one of the most compelling writers of narrative nonfiction for young readers today. His books, packed with action and drama, combine meticulous research […]

War: What is it good for?

Whether providing historical overview, personal reminiscence, or fictional depiction of events, books about war can take many forms in YA literature. Readers interested in the hows and whys of the world’s conflicts, both past and present, will find much to ponder in the four titles below. Also, be sure not to miss Steve Sheinkin’s newest […]

Funny folktales

Hard-boiled nursery rhymes, a one-that-got-away big-fish tale, and more. These four folklore-inspired picture books offer humorous shakeups of beloved story types and the characters who inhabit them. David Levinthal recasts the events of fairyland as crimes (“The Three Bears” is a breaking-and-entering case; “Snow White” is an attempted murder) in Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty?: And […]

Graphic novels for middle graders

Graphic novels reach beyond superhero-style comics to hook all types of readers. From historical fiction and memoir to wacky fantasy, the following examples offer middle graders and middle schoolers plenty of laughs—and lots to think about. The first two books in the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series introduce the Revolutionary War hero as a time-traveling, […]

From the Editor – November 2012

Steve Sheinkin’s Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon is a gift for several kinds of readers: history buffs, nascent physicists, thriller fans. It’s also a gift for schools and teachers aiming to embrace the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Crossing the curriculum in surprising directions, Bomb is […]

Cars and trucks and preschoolers who go

Toot, toot! Beep, beep! Vrrrooommm! Move out of the way for these four transportation-themed picture books. With the perfect blend of information and silliness, preschoolers will want to take them out for a spin again and again. The hero of Stephen Savage’s Little Tug isn’t the tallest or the fastest or the biggest boat in […]