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Book Trailer Thursday: Janie Face to Face
By December 13, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Janie Face to Face

Twenty-two years, five books, and a Lifetime movie later, Janie is still studying that milk carton in today’s book trailer for Janie Face to Face: It doesn’t say or show much and is as slick as we’ve come to expect from a big publisher-produced trailer, but it will interest series fans and maybe pull in […]

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Hook ‘em then book ‘em

Hook ‘em then book ‘em

We’re starting a new book group for teens at The Kansas City Public Library. It’s called Hooks and Books; it’s a teen book and fiber arts club. Teens gather monthly to chat over young adult books and graphic novels from a monthly list and learn how to crochet Japanese amigurumi. The facilitator offers a weekly […]

What makes YA fiction so popular?
By September 28, 2012 3 Comments Read More →

What makes YA fiction so popular?

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 […]

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Hostile Questions: James Dashner
By September 17, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Hostile Questions: James Dashner

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! […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Over You
By September 6, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Over You

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 […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Last Dragonslayer

Book Trailer Thursday: The Last Dragonslayer

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!

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Hostile Questions: A.S. King

Hostile Questions: A.S. King

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 […]

NPR Tackles Tomes for Teens

NPR Tackles Tomes for Teens

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 […]

Hostile Questions: Pete Hautman

Hostile Questions: Pete Hautman

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 […]

Book Trailer Thursday: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father

Book Trailer Thursday: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father

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.

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