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Hbook Podcast 1.36 – Authorial Intent

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Podcast the 36th in which Roger and Siân talk about a lot of things before eventually getting to the topic of authorial intent. People we talk about Melissa de la Cruz Laura Koenig Philip Pullman Malinda Lo Books we talk about The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (Google says “People also ask” “Is The Handmaid’s Tale a […]

Hbook Podcast 1.34 – Special Guest Melissa de la Cruz

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Hbook podcast the 34th in which Siân chats with author and fellow Disney-lover Melissa de la Cruz. Melissa’s books we talk about Something in Between Fresh Off the Boat Double Eclipse People we talk about China Anne McClain Kara Saun Links Why Melissa de la Cruz’s immigration story matters now The Dream Act Disney Descendants […]

Hbook Podcast 1.30 – Special Guest Lana Popović

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Podcast the 30th in which Siân talks with author and literary agent Lana Popović. Books and movies we talk about Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus Chocolat People we talk about Taylor Haggerty Rebecca Podos Melissa Miller Claudia Gabel Links The Swanky Seventeens Zachary Shuster Harmsworth

Hbook Podcast 1.14 – Special Guest Megan Dowd Lambert

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Note! Roger and Siân will be at the Horn Book booth at the Hubbub Festival on Saturday, June 4th from 9 am to 11 am. Come visit us! And now, your regularly scheduled programming… Podcast the fourteenth in which Siân and Roger talk with author, professor, mother, and generally awesome woman Megan Dowd Lambert. Megan’s […]

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 […]

What ELSE do you do?: five questions for T. A. Barron

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Author T. A. Barron instituted the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes in 2000. Named for the author’s mother, the Prize is given annually to fifteen young people “who have made a significant positive difference to people and/or our environment.” Each winner receives $5,000 toward his or her work or higher education. Barron’s latest fantasy […]

Writing for the Very Young: An Emotional Déjà Vu

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by Charlotte Zolotow The more I try to analyze children’s books — or the fusion of feelings and events that goes into writing for children — the more I realize what a mystery children’s thoughts are and what a mystery the whole process of writing for children is. Part of it is the imagery and […]

The winner!

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The winner of our first, and most likely last, Judging the BoB Judges (if this features DOES come back we need a snappier name) contest is Martine Leavitt. For her enthusiasm, her no-dithering policy, and her frankness about her own reading tastes: “[Endangered] has a happy ending, too. Was it too happy? Not for me. […]

Perkins v. Patterson v. Cottrell Boyce

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Our third round is a three way, comprising BoB’s two-semifinal rounds (Lynne Rae Perkins judging Bomb and The Fault in Our Stars; James Patterson doing the same for No Crystal Stair and Splendors and Glooms)  and the Big Kahuna round (Frank Cottrell Boyce judging The Fault in Our Stars, No Crystal Stair and the resurrected […]

Napoli v. Leavitt

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We’re onto the second round of the BoB, with Donna Jo Napoli choosing between Code Name Verity and Bomb, and Martine Leavitt adjudicating Endangered v. The Fault in Our Stars. Napoli has already been called out for including spoilers to Code Name Verity (while, hilariously, saying “I won’t spoil it for you”) but I don’t […]