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Hbook Podcast 1.27 – Spoilery Spoils

Podcast the 27th in which Siân and Roger talk about (and engage in) “spoiling.”

BGHB Awards
Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium

Books we talk about
Laura Amy Schlitz, Hired Girl
J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series
Jennifer Mathieu, Afterward
Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak
E. Lockhart, We Were Liars
Anne Nesbet, Cloud and Wallfish
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

People we talk about
Scott O’Dell
GraceAnne Decandido

Shows/movies we talk about
Stranger Things
The Sixth Sense
Star Trek
Game of Thrones
The Night Of
Sex In the City
Orange Is the New Black
Citizen Kane
Star Wars

Visual Thesaurus “Spoiler”
Buzzfeed Spoilers
The Awl spoiler history
Spoilers For Every Book Ever

Siân Gaetano About Siân Gaetano

Siân Gaetano is assistant editor for The Horn Book, Inc. Follow her on Twitter @KidLitChick.



  1. Was catching up on your podcasts while out on a walk yesterday. In one of them one of you spoke of the four D & D playing boys in Stranger Things as being around 9 or 10. I work in a 4-8 Middle School and they seem dead-on 6th or 7th grade so closer to 11 I’d say, maybe even 12. Definitely not 9 or 10 which would put them in 4th or 5th grade. I recall vividly a group of 6-8 grade boys playing constant after school D & D with a young teacher who was one of the top 50 Dungeon Masters in the country. One of many many things about middle school kids is the incredibly range you see physically and emotionally. I see and know kids like the ones in the series and applaud the creators and those actors for a fabulous, fabulous job. (Siân, last I knew you were considering whether it would be too scary to watch. Guess not!)

  2. Siân Gaetano Siân Gaetano says:

    Thanks for listening, Monica! And oooooooh. Middle school makes a lot of sense, especially given the relative freedom the characters experience. Do you happen to know any kids who have watched Stranger Things? I’m still really interested to hear what kids have thought of the show. We asked Julie Danielson about how her kids responded and she said they really liked it (except the kissy bits). I found it both boring and creepy, which was a completely new experience for me: “I am really disinterested and also scared, both at the same time…” 🙂

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