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Siân Gaetano

About Siân Gaetano

Siân Gaetano is editorial assistant for The Horn Book Guide. Follow her on Twitter @KidLitChick.

HBook Podcast – Your Stories

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Are you a teacher or librarian? We want to hear from you! What fabulous books do you use in the classroom or during story time? Why? Send a 30 second audio clip to podcast@hbook.com telling us what books you love, what books you find useful, or what books you’ve discovered recently and we’ll play your suggestions in […]

HBook Podcast 1.12 – Special Guest Educator

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Podcast the sixth in which Siân and early education teacher Meg Lederhos (who also happens to be Siân’s coworker at The Bar) talk about content, curriculum, and diversity (or lack thereof) in books for the classroom. Books we talk about Robert McCloskey, Make Way for Ducklings Aaron Becker, Journey Shana Corey, The Secret Subway Hervé Tullet, […]

Trending: cults in YA

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Lately the YA sci-fi/fantasy market has been dominated by Strong Female Protagonists who take down corrupt regimes or lead groups of survivors in the post-apocalypse. Meanwhile, Strong Female Protagonists in realism have been dealing with more day-to-day issues: boyfriends, girlfriends, dead parents, mental illness, etc. These young ladies, while being emotionally courageous, have not been […]

HBook Podcast 1.11 – Bowdlerizing (or not?)

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Podcast the eleventh in which Siân and Roger talk about editing already published works, exercising, and the upcoming special awards issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Books we talk about Little Red Riding Hood Hugh Lofting, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle P. L. Travers, Mary Poppins Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch, Amazing Grace Judy Blume, […]

Hbook Podcast 1.10 – Violence in Kid Lit

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Podcast the tenth in which Roger and Siân discuss violence in children’s literature, Roger shares a (disgusting) story from his bachelor life, and the two can’t figure out how anniversaries work. Books we talk about Kass Morgan, The 100 Betsy Byars, Summer of the Swans Cynthia Voigt, Homecoming Stephen King, The Dark Tower series Heinrich Hoffmann, […]

Empire Run app review

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The setup of Empire Run (Planet H/Red Games, 2014) is similar to another Planet H/Red Games app, Frontier Heroes (and with the same caveat about some arguably stereotypical images; see details below) several sections, themed by historical time period, each contain a few games; each game has a number of different levels which allow the […]

Hbook Podcast 1.9 – North Carolina

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Podcast the ninth in which Siân and Roger talk about Jane Eyre, music and making out, and North Carolina (Siân also says Amazon fought with Macmillan but really it was Hachette). Books we talk about Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (audio by Juliet Stevenson) Richard Peck, The Best Man People we talk […]

Red.

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Red. Red tells us a young lady is daring. Bold. Bright. She’s ready to break out of old, familiar roles and start anew, maybe with a new boy (or a new boy, or a new boy). She’s ready for anything. Except showing her face. ‘Cause that’s a bit much, y’all.       Also, she […]

HBook Podcast 1.8 – Guest Author Mackenzi Lee

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Podcast the eighth in which Siân and guest author Mackenzi Lee talk about her book, This Monstrous Thing, being a fan girl, and whether the author is dead. Siân also gets yet another Harry Potter fact wrong (first book came out in 1998). Books we talk about Mackenzi Lee, This Monstrous Thing (and her upcoming The Gentleman’s Guide […]

Hbook Podcast 1.7 – Special Guest Hannah Gómez

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Podcast the seventh, in which Siân and Roger talk with Hannah Gómez–Horn Book reviewer, member of the WNDB staff, and all around awesome person–about racial coding in books and identifying race in book reviews. Also, cats. We also talk about cats. And dogs. Those too. Books we talk about Joshua Khan, Shadow Magic Virginia Euwer Wolff, Make Lemonade Toni Morrison, […]