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Siân Gaetano

About Siân Gaetano

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

Toca Tailor: Fairy Tales app review

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Toca Tailor: Fairy Tales (Toca Boca, 2012) is a fairy-tale-themed companion to the original Toca Tailor app, in which you can “make” clothes by tailoring size, choosing fabrics, and adding accoutrements. Click on one of the two child characters (a light-skinned girl and a darker-skinned boy), and your chosen figure is brought to a cottage […]

Hbook Podcast 1.20 – Self Publishing and the Selfie Sweepstakes

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Podcast the twentieth in which Siân and Roger chat about self-published books and reviewing (and conversation may or may not briefly derail into talk about Independence Day and the Bourne movies). Books we talk about Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep Stephenie Meyer, Twilight (y’all heard me ask, […]

Hbook Podcast 1.19 – Young Adult (ish)

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Podcast the nineteenth in which Siân and Roger talk about The Crucible, Richard Peck, and young adult literature. Books we talk about Cynthia Voigt, Orfe Arthur Miller, The Crucible By Richard Peck: Are You in the House Alone, Blossom Culp series, Father Figure, Remembering the Good Times, Dreamland Lake, A Year Down Yonder (Newbery Award winner), […]

Hbook Podcast ALA Extras

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Siân talks to all the people Everything listed below in order of when it appears on the podcast Victoria Stapleton, Director of School and Library Marketing, Little Brown So You Want to Read YA? Podcast with Sherri Winston Sherri Winston Danielle Yadao Awards! Ilyasah Al Shabazz Kekla Magoon Dina Sherman, School and Library Marketing Director, Disney-Hyperion Books […]

Ribbon writing

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Cover art fads are such fun to watch. There have been Headless Torsos; Girls in Red; Girls in Flowy Dresses; Girls Looking Over their Shoulders; Teens on the Edge; Apples; and so, so many more. Another one I’ve noticed recently: ribbon writing.       I like it, I think. It looks sassy but classy. And, […]

Hbook Podcast 1.18 – ALA and Harry Potter

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Podcast the eighteenth in which Roger and Siân talk ALA, Harry Potter, and committees. Book(s) we talk about J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter books (audio by Jim Dale) People we talk about Marcus Sedgwick Vicky Smith Victoria Stapleton, Director of School and Library Marketing, Little Brown Martha Parravano Frances Hardinge David Greenough Dan Santat Dina Sherman, […]

Stuff millennials like

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At The Horn Book we review books for children and young adults. That said, adult books still end up in our mail on a pretty regular basis. A Year of Programs for Millennials and and More by Amy J. Alessio, Katie Lamantia, and Emily Vinci (ALA Editions, May 2015) just passed across my desk. Now, […]

Hbook Podcast 1.17 – Special Guest Librarian Julie Roach

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Hbook podcast the seventeenth with guest librarian (and killer storyteller) Julie Roach. **There are a few spots where the sound drops out a bit (we’re sorry) but the stories Roger and Julie tell are so awesome, they’re worth a little bit of ear straining. Promise.** Julie Roach on what makes a good storytime Books we talk […]

HBook Podcast 1.16 – Drugs ‘n’ Booze in YA

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Horn Book Podcast the sixteenth in which Siân and Roger talk about booze, drugs, and young adult lit. Books we talk about John Montroll and Min Sung Ku, Wonder Woman Origami: Amazing Folding Projects Featuring the Warrior Princess (DC Origami) Justine Larbalestier, My Sister Rosa Maggie Stiefvater, Raven Boys series Anonymous, Go Ask Alice April […]

YA with pride

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June is LGBT Pride Month. Before, during, and after the parades have been attended and the rainbow cakes baked, readers can find queer-centric tales of love, struggle, and discovering one’s identity in the following books. It’s Pride Week in San Francisco in Nina LaCour and David Levithan’s You Know Me Well, and high-school seniors Mark […]