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.
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 […]
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: […]
Cristin Terrell’s YA debut All Our Yesterdays asks the question, “If you could go back and kill someone before he or she grew up to do terrible things, would you? What if that person was someone you cared for?” Rough questions, rough book trailer:
Cindy: I love my job. Oh, sure, there are days….but truly, I love what I do. This week I had a booktalking first. Here’s the scoop: When I booktalk in my middle school it means six hours (classes of booktalking). I usually try to present mostly titles that I have multiple copies of and then […]
In his starred review of Battling Boy in the September 15 issue of Booklist, Jesse Karp writes: “Comics’ sci-fi rock-god Pope synthesizes the mythologies of Superman, Batman, and Hercules and sends them crashing into a monster-infested dystopia in this rollicking blast of adventure, the first part of a larger tale.” Are you listening yet? Now, […]
No, you’re not still wearing your sunglasses–this is just one dark book trailer. Appropriately dark, that is, for Sonja Gensler’s latest, The Dark Between, which explores early-twentieth-century psychic research and spirit photograhy in Cambridge’s seedy underbelly. Historical fiction incorporating paranormal and romantic elements? I see a long request list.
Cindy: Last week Lynn and I held our first teen book club of the summer. We still call it BBYA book club and the teens read and talk about all genres of teen literature as the YALSA BBYA group did when we started this club back in 2001. We had a new rising 6th grader […]
“In a city obsessed with beauty, how does a girl stand out?” Why, by hiring a less pretty girl to accompany her and make her appear irresistible by comparison. Why didn’t you think of that?! This intriguing premise sets the stage for Elizabeth Ross’s Belle Epoque, a provocative historical YA novel “ripe with satisfaction,” according […]
Whether your book group is composed of young people or older readers looking to explore young adult fiction, you can’t do much better than John Green. A former Booklist staffer, Green has gone on to real literary stardom, with each novel seeming to achieve more acclaim. His 2008 novel, Paper Towns, works on multiples levels: […]