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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 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, […]

Hbook Podcast 1.6 – Reviewing

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  Podcast the sixth, in which Siân and Roger discuss Roger’s vacation, the copying game, routines, and reviewing.   Books we talk about Mina Javaherbin and Eugene Yelchin, Elephant in the Dark Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are Kelley Puckett and Jon J. Muth, Batman’s Dark Secret Andrea Pippins, I Love My Hair John […]

Spring (NE) reading!

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We receive a lot of books at the Horn Book and, as the editorial assistant for the Guide, a good portion of my job is entering said books into our database. But the criteria for what we review — the book is a non-activity, children’s book printed in hardcover, by a publisher that can be […]

HBook Podcast 1.5 – “Boy Books”

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Podcast the fifth, in which Siân and Roger talk about “boy books,” physical therapy, and Tibetan Eye Charts (and Siân misremembers The Case of the Sad Puppies) Books we talk about Jesse Andrews, The Haters Lindsay Ribar, Rocks Fall Everyone Dies J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter series R. L. Stine, Goosebumps series Sonali Dev, The […]

Math Tales: The Jungle app review

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Marshmallow Games‘s Math Tales: The Jungle app (March 2016) opens with upbeat, Caribbean-style music and happy jungle animals poking their heads out of greenery to greet the player. Once the pulsing, yellow “play” button is pressed, the player is brought to the first page of a story: “On a sunny day, the king of the […]