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Because I am not. One of your. FANS.

In this week’s Horn Book Podcast, Siân talks with Mackenzi Lee (This Monstrous Thing) about how they found kindred spirithood via The Raven Boys; and about fandom, fan fiction, and ‘shipping (there totally should be an apostrophe so shut up). I admire the impulse and envy the enthusiasm but so not my thing. I’m reminded of a […]

HBook Podcast 1.8 – Guest Author Mackenzi Lee

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 […]

Reviewing race

We have a new podcast out today (with Horn Book reviewer Hannah Gómez as guest), mostly talking about Kirkus’ children’s editor Vicky Smith’s new policy of labelling, where possible, the race of all mentioned characters in reviews of children’s/YA fiction. When we recorded the podcast I hadn’t yet seen Kirkus operating under its new rule, but […]

Hbook Podcast 1.7 – Special Guest Hannah Gómez

Podcast the seventh, in which Siân and Roger talk with Hannah Gómez–Horn Book reviewer, member of the WNDB staff, and all around awesome person–about racial coding in books and identifying race in book reviews. Also, cats. We also talk about cats. And dogs. Those too. Books we talk about Joshua Khan, Shadow Magic Virginia Euwer Wolff, Make Lemonade Toni Morrison, […]

Hbook Podcast 1.6 – Reviewing

  Podcast the sixth, in which Siân and Roger discuss Roger’s vacation, the copying game, routines, and reviewing.   Books we talk about Mina Javaherbin and Eugene Yelchin, Elephant in the Dark Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are Kelley Puckett and Jon J. Muth, Batman’s Dark Secret Andrea Pippins, I Love My Hair John […]

HBook Podcast 1.5 – “Boy Books”

Podcast the fifth, in which Siân and Roger talk about “boy books,” physical therapy, and Tibetan Eye Charts (and Siân misremembers The Case of the Sad Puppies) Books we talk about Jesse Andrews, The Haters Lindsay Ribar, Rocks Fall Everyone Dies J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter series R. L. Stine, Goosebumps series Sonali Dev, The […]

HBook Podcast 1.45 – Special Material with David Hyde Costello

  Some special material (original cast here) with author/illustrator David Hyde Costello in which Siân and David worry over spoilers, talk about Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, and want to be hobbits.

HBook Podcast 1.4 – Special Guest David Hyde Costello

Podcast the fourth in which Siân makes guest author/illustrator David Hyde Costello take the Sorting Hat test, meets a hobgoblin, and manages to forget how many books are in the Harry Potter series (SEVEN books, Siân. Not eight!) Links David’s website Ezra Jack Keats New Writer honor Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature (under five […]

HBook Podcast 1.3 – To Kill a Mockingjay

Podcast the third (recorded on 2.19.16) in which Roger and Siân talk about Harper Lee, YA readers, and opera. (Yet another warning, Siân had not yet banned cell phones from the “recording studio” so there are a few crackles after the 20 minute mark.) Roger’s YA post Books we talk about: Harper Lee, To Kill […]

I’m going to see the folks I dig

I am off next week for California; visiting children and grandchildren; seeing friends including Mina, Eugene, and Andy; and attending the tennis tournament at Indian Wells, tickets for which Richard kindly surprised me with on Valentine’s Day. But I will be in virtual attendance at JLG’s free webcast on Thursday, March 17th from 3:00 to […]