Siân Gaetano

About Siân Gaetano

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

The Earth app review

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At the start of The Earth app (Tinybop, September 2015), our blue planet rotates against a field of stars, with occasional comets flashing by (reminiscent of the opening to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos). Scroll along a timeline at top of the screen to move through four geological eras, beginning with the Hadean Eon — the […]

MarcoPolo Arctic app review

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On the opening screen of MarcoPolo Arctic (MarcoPolo, August 2015), a polar bear and cub nap on the ice, a horned, green creature lying directly across from the pair with a camera. The arctic is represented in white and shades of blue, with a cartoon-like, 2D style reminiscent of cut-paper collage. Hit the play button […]

NYCC 2015

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My cousin, a recent geek convert, has started this beautiful tradition in which we go to one day of NY Comic Con and spend hours marveling at the amazing cosplay, shouldering our way through crowds, waiting in line for panels, and eventually attending said panels. Last year, I was most excited about “Geek Geek Revolution,” […]

REALLY scary middle grade


Horrifying Hymenoptera, frightening faeries, malicious magick, and creepy corpses come out to play in these chilling middle-grade novels. Steve’s baby brother comes back from the hospital sick (“there was something wrong with his heart and his eyes and his brain”) and needing lots of care, so his parents don’t pay much attention when Steve develops […]

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials movie review

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Maze Runner sequel The Scorch Trials (Twentieth Century Fox, September 2015) reminded me of two very important Siân facts: I should never, ever drink anything before or during a movie. I am no hero. If you’re looking to take a road trip in which you do not stop every 45 minutes for pee breaks, you […]

Siân Has the Best Weekend Ever!


As many of you know, the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Transformations” was this past Saturday. It was interesting, engaging, educational, and fun (it was also exhausting for those of us working it, and even more so for the amazing Katrina Hedeen, who planned the whole durn thing). But what you don’t know is the […]

This monstrous book launch

mackenzi lee signing

Having never been to any book launch parties before, I can say with 100% certainty that last week’s launch party for This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee (my friend and Simmons ChLit grad program classmate) was unquestionably the best I’ve ever experienced. There was kinderpunsch, a coloring contest, Mackenzi’s NPR-approved cookies, a steampunk photo booth, […]

Niko and the Sword of Light app review

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In Niko and the Sword of Light (Imaginism/Studio NX, 2013) the titular young boy is the only Warrior of the Light left. He has in his possession the last relic of his people: The Sword of Light. Forged by the gods, the sword is Niko’s key to saving his world by ridding it of the […]

Kidlit cares

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On Thursday, September 3, Patrick Ness started a fundraiser to help alleviate the Syrian refugee crisis. With all donations going to Save the Children, he was hoping to reach £10,000 — at which point he would match the donations with another £10,000. £10,000 was reached. Then John Green said he would match the next £10,000. […]

Six of one, half a dozen of the other

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The line between adult literature and YA is definitely bendy and sometimes more a “smudge” than a “line” (and then there’s that whole New Adult thing — remember that?). Not only are there great numbers of books that have been published for one community of readers and then been adopted by the other, there are […]