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It’s hard to miss the excitement (and spoilers — eek!) about Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, released in theaters on April 26th. This latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe concludes what the company refers to as Phase 3 of the Infinity Saga and wraps up many favorite story lines from the 22 films released so far. […]

Winter break: The Aftermath

We are going through a Diary of a Wimpy Kid phase at my house, big-time (and thank you to the Cambridge Public Library for carrying a bajillion copies of many of the titles). Reading and re-reading those books was one of the things that kept us occupied over the winter break. And then came the […]

Wrock ‘n’ roll

You’re never too old to save Ginny Weasley from the basilisk — or to rock out while one crowd-surfs. That’s just what Cindy and I did last weekend at the Coolidge Corner Theater, where wizard-rock pioneers Harry and the Potters and their opener Lauren Fairweather turned moment after moment from our beloved series into musical […]

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 […]