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PotterCon Boston

It will probably come as no surprise to frequent OOTB readers that Shoshana, Cindy, and I were some of the first attendees to arrive at PotterCon Boston on Saturday afternoon. Less a con and more a low-key party, this event was the “the first annual Boston day-drinking and mingling destination for [grown-up] Harry Potter fans.” […]

Happy Star Wars Day!

Over at our newly de-carbonited Instagram account, Guide editor and Star Wars fan Cindy suggests celebrating with an out-of-this-world book: “Use the power of the #hbguide and the #hbguideonline to find #starwars books for young padawans across the galaxy.” Pictured, reviewed in recent and forthcoming issues of The Horn Book Guide: Tales from a Galaxy […]

The Princess Bride: The “Good Parts”

You know those scarves that are all the rage, the ones covered in portions of text from a book? For once in my life, I feel fashionable, as a dear friend gave me one as a gift. I recognized the text pretty quickly as coming from a book I’ve loved since I was ten: William […]

My weekend at a nerd convention

French the llama, puppy-sized elephants! Don’t forget to be awesome. If that made sense to you, you might be a Nerdfighter. If it didn’t, here, have a rabbit hole. And another. And another. If it still doesn’t make sense to you, have an entry point: Basically, the community of Nerdfighters, or Nerdfighteria, formed around the […]

NYCC 16 – Nerds Unite!

This being our third year of New York Comic Con attendance, cousin Justin and I decided to go all out: the whole weekend in NYC, the whole weekend at Comic Con. I was excited to attend all the panels; Justin wanted to see the Walking Dead sneak peek and get a picture with Evangeline Lilly. […]

Great idea, Kristy!

    The Baby-Sitters Club turns thirty this month, as many of my contemporaries and I know from tweets and articles that are making us feel really old. (Relax — the BSC was popular well into the nineties, so your memories of it might be only twenty-something years old.) In any case, Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, […]

Fan Week 2016 wrap-up superpost

All week long we’ve been celebrating fandom — our fandoms, fan-created works, and author engagement with fans. Here’s a cheat sheet to all of our Fan Week content. We’ve highlighted a few must-reads for each category; click on the author/fandom name for more. Introduction Let your fan flag fly! On fan culture and fan-created works […]

British (and Aussie and Kiwi!) invasion

Our fandom knows no borders! Some of our best-loved fantasy authors come to us from across the pond (or, in Garth Nix’s and Margaret Mahy’s cases, across the equator). We’ve highlighted a few essential articles by/about each author, as well some adoring blog posts; click on an author’s name to see all Horn Book content […]

MockingJo

[In anticipation of The CW’s forthcoming “gritty” adaptation of Little Women] My name is Jo March. My home is Concord, Massachusetts. I live with my mother and three sisters while my father fights in the war. No, even that’s wrong. My name is Jo March. My home is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My half-sisters and I have […]

I Never Met a Fiction I Didn’t Like: Characters Creeping into Reality, from the March Sisters to Simon Snow

When @Call_Me_Gil started flirting with @AnneWith_An_E on Twitter, their followers took to calling them “Shirbert.” Yes, that’s two contemporary (fictional) young adults named Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe, no realer than the L. M. Montgomery characters who first appeared widely in 1908. In this modern-day webseries re-imagining, Anne (as played by Mandy Harmon) started a […]