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Blindness Visible: Recent Books with Blind Characters

Blindness Visible: Recent Books with Blind Characters

Cindy: Have we run the course of characters with Asperger’s Syndrome? The new trend just might be characters who are blind. Last fall, my first blind student, Maria, arrived at one of my middle schools and she read more books last year using our audiobook collection than most of my sighted students got through. This year, I […]

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Hostile Questions: Stephanie Perkins
By September 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Hostile Questions: Stephanie Perkins

Hostile Questions is, of course, known for its questioning, which is of a hostile bent, but something strange happened when I met up with Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. There I was, bitter beyond my years, when we […]

A New Book in the Old Kingdom: Garth Nix’s Magic Will Make a Re-Reader Out of You

A New Book in the Old Kingdom: Garth Nix’s Magic Will Make a Re-Reader Out of You

Lynn: In my natural habitat I’m a re-reader—an author binger. BCR (Before Committees and Reviewing), I would frequently develop an irresistible itch to start with book one in a favorite series and read them all over again. Ancient detective series, classic fantasies, comfort books—I used to indulge in a re-reading spree many times a year. It’s […]

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2014 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature
By September 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

2014 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature

On September 15th, the National Book Foundation released the longlist for their National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Many of the longlisted authors are seasoned writers of young people’s fiction, while others have only a few titles under their belt. However, each one has made an impact in the field with their notable work. […]

Posted in: Awards, Likely Stories, News, YA
The Blurb is the Word: Uses (and Misuses) of the Book Blurb
By September 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Blurb is the Word: Uses (and Misuses) of the Book Blurb

Two weeks ago, I happened across a Twitter conversation sparked by Michael Bourret, a literary agent at Dystel & Goderich. “We need to talk about the blurb game,” he wrote. “Are we doing a service to anyone, the blurber or the blurbee?” I know a cry of exasperation when I hear one, so I invited three voices in […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Rumble

Book Trailer Thursday: Rumble

Ellen Hopkins, author of wildly popular novels in verse for teens, focuses in her latest, Rumble (Simon & Schuster), on faith and spirituality. The book’s dramatic trailer shows glimpes of the troubled protagonist and his brother’s suicide. Booklist reviewer Debbie Carton writes, “Hopkins’ novel taps into common themes of contemporary teen life, with dialogue and […]

Posted in: Likely Stories, Video, YA
Book Trailer Thursday: Afterworlds

Book Trailer Thursday: Afterworlds

Booklist reviewer Cindy Welch says Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds (Simon Pulse), today’s BTT, will have librarians grinning in delight, and not just because they can’t keep the book-within-a-book on shelves. Read Cindy’s starred, high-demand review to find out why, and watch and share the slick trailer, below.

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Book Trailer Thursday: Going Over

Book Trailer Thursday: Going Over

Starred, as well as a Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth title, Beth Kephart’s Going Over (Chronicle) tells the story of starcrossed teen lovers in early 1980s, divided Berlin. Teens are sure to devour rebel Ada’s intricate tale, set in a not too distant, but complex and seldom written about, time in the world’s history.

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Book Trailer Thursday: Hope Is a Ferris Wheel

Book Trailer Thursday: Hope Is a Ferris Wheel

The Booklist review of Robin Herrera’s Hope Is a Ferris Wheel (Abrams/Amulet) touts the debut novel’s delightful narrator and “unique supporting cast.” Here they are adorably animated in the book’s trailer, which features BTT’s first trailer (home) within a trailer (book). Girl with blue hair starts a school book club and finds solace and solidary […]

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Title Trends: Pretty Word, Ugly Word
By October 11, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Title Trends: Pretty Word, Ugly Word

Oh, internationally beloved and best-selling Beautiful Creatures series, what have ye wrought? Imitation is, of course, the most lucrative form of flattery, and marketing managers across this great land perked up their ears at the simple yet brilliant title construction. Pretty Word + Ugly Word drills directly into the teenager’s desire to be desired (see: […]

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