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Gimlet-eyed and occasionally -addled views on what's wrong and right in the world of books for young people.

Harry Potter and the Travel Ban

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“Oh, really? You don’t act like an only child!” Growing up and entering adulthood, I have heard this phrase many a time. I take comfort knowing that I am not suffering from the dreaded “only child syndrome” of those who are spoiled or self-involved. I’d be lying, however, if I didn’t admit that as a […]

Hbook Podcast 2.3 – Special Guest Jamie Tan

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Siân chats with Jamie Tan, Candlewick publicist, about trade shows, the life of a publicist, and finding your people. Jamie Tan Candlewick Books we talk about The Princess in Black – Shannon and Dean Hale Snow White – Matt Phelan Caraval – Stephanie Garber Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth Race to the Bottom of […]

Hbook Podcast 2.2 – Fries, Elections, and Librarians

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In episode two of the new season, Siân and Roger discuss politics, “rock star” librarians, and wanting fries with that. People we talk about K-Fai Steele Adam Rex (thread) Dan Santat Links Diana Gabaldon (“Recent statistics from the New York Federal Reserve detailing employment outcomes by college major shows that English students have a 7.5 percent […]

From the Editor – March 2017

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I’m completely taken with the “Reading Without Walls” challenge made by our National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang. Gene is asking something very simple of each of us: to read one book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you OR read one book about subject you don’t […]

Hbook Podcast 2.1 – Special Guest Rebecca Podos

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Episode one of season two! Siân talks with author and literary agent Rebecca Podos about her upcoming book, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and advice pregnant women receive. Books we talk about The Mystery of Hollow Places, Rebecca Podos Like Water, Rebecca Podos The Red Tent, Anita Diamant Bad Mother, Ayelet Waldman A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice […]

Editorial: Tear Down That Wall

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My kind of contest: read a book about a character unlike yourself, or read a book about a subject you don’t know much about, or read a book in a format different from what you’re used to. These parameters for the “Reading Without Walls Challenge,” devised by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen […]

From the Editor – February 2017

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To commemorate Black History Month, we are highlighting specific articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book, past and present, that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field — one a day through the month of February, with a roundup on Fridays. Look for the social media tag #HBBlackHistoryMonth17 […]

Letter to the Editor from Tracy Aitken, January/February 2017, and Response from Roger Sutton

January/February 2017 Horn Book Magazine

January/February 2017 Horn Book January 5, 2017 Good morning Mr. Sutton, I felt inclined to write to you following my reading of your editorial letter to Dr. Carla Hayden. I would like to preface my comments by revealing that I did not vote for President-Elect Trump. This morning’s news contained a disturbing video of four […]

From the Editor – January 2017

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It is ALA awards month, and I hope you can join us at the association’s Midwinter Conference in Atlanta, January 20th through 24th. The Horn Book will be at booth #2117 in the exhibit hall, and executive editor Martha V. Parravano and I will be making the rounds and picking up the gossip. (Unfortunately, MVP […]

Surprise! A Podcast! – Special Guest Alexandra Bracken

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Hey, look! Here’s a podcast! Siân chats with author Alexandra Bracken about living in Arizona, her new book (Wayfarer), Mo Willems’s man bun, and Star Wars. We chatted in a hotel lobby so there’s a few background noises. Only a few of said noises are very noisy. Alex’s links: Website Twitter Instagram Recap Authors we talk […]