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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 […]

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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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Book Trailer Thursday: All Our Yesterdays
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Book Trailer Thursday: All Our Yesterdays

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:

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Who Says Teens Don't Read?

Who Says Teens Don't Read?

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 […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Battling Boy
By September 19, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Battling Boy

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, […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Dark Between

Book Trailer Thursday: The Dark Between

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.

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Focus Group Library Fun

Focus Group Library Fun

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 […]

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