Next week, I’ll be making my annual trip to Bouchercon, a fan-favorite mystery convention, where I’ll be moderating “The Popularity of YA Books” with Joelle Charbonneau, Jordan Dane, Michelle Gagnon, and Bev Irwin. It’s no secret that YA is hotter than ever, and it’s not just for kids anymore—if indeed it ever was. But I definitely […]
It’s easy to be hostile to James Dashner. Dude is ubiquitous. You walk into a book store? The Maze Runner and its sequels stacked floor to ceiling! You walk into a library? Maze Runner-centered posters and displays! You walk around Hollywood? Fevered scuttlebutt regarding the upcoming movie! You go into a restaurant? Maze Runner-brand cutlery! […]
I know what’s the haps here at Likely Stories. You come for the staggeringly star-studded Hostile Questions, but hopefully you’ll stay for the Book Trailer Thursdays. (@ebertchicago: anytime you’d like to guest post, the microphone is yours.) Welcome back to the schoolyear! Feeling the fresh sting of an ended summer romance? Call Ex. Inc.: Over […]
The October release of best-selling author Jasper Fforde’s first book for teens is big news–some might even call it “a historic event of magical proportions”– so it’s no surprise that with it comes this breaking news-style trailer: Read the high-demand review of The Last Dragonslayer here. And get excited!
Given the gushes of accolades gushed upon A.S. King (Printz Honor for Please Ignore Vera Dietz, six starred reviews for Everybody Sees the Ants), it’s shocking that no unscrupulous muckraker has put an end to her awesomeness by solving the the shady mystery of her full name… until now. Ladies and gentlemen, I am just […]
As they did previously with science fiction and fantasy, the folks at NPR have conducted a grand search for the best books for teens. The field was narrowed to 235 choices by a panel of experts, and then the public voted to narrow that selection to a ranked top 100. The final voting predictably skews […]
Take heed, warriors! That multi-limbed monster tromping over the hill is Pete “The Hydra” Hautman! Fall back! Fall back! He’s got too many methods of attack! Hiy-aa!!: he’s a National Book Award winner (Godless)! Karateeee chop!!!: he’s a sensitive sketcher of tender teen emotions (The Big Crunch)! Throwing-star zzzzzzing!!!!: he’s an epic sci-fi innovator (The […]
Do you like shiny things? Then come to YA-land, of the Beverly Hillsian persuasion, with BTT for Jessica Brody’s 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, out this month. Slick cinematic production value goes hand in hand with the book’s subject matter: a glitzy teen heiress’ comeuppance.
Consider this BTT a call to pre-”Read the Screen”: trailers have recently been released for film versions of beloved novels. Neither is due in theaters until later this year, giving faithful re-readers reason to pick them up anew and new readers plenty of time to find out where it all began. While this is certainly […]
Looking for a raw, stark, relentless take on a grueling topic? You’re in luck! Ellen Hopkins has you covered. Crank takes on crystal meth addiction; Burned looks at abuse; Impulse examines suicide; Tricks explores prostitution; and–well, how much time do you have? Her verse-novel style and one-word titles are trademark at this point. I wonder […]