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Book Trailer Thursday: Belle Epoque

Book Trailer Thursday: Belle Epoque

“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 […]

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Paper Towns

Paper Towns

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: […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Boy Nobody

Book Trailer Thursday: Boy Nobody

When you’re a teenage assassin, high-profile hits are par for the course. But when that high-profile hit has a pretty daughter, it’s time to ask some questions. Michael Cart thinks this first book in a promised action thriller series will have teen readers “clamoring for more.”

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Book Trailer Thursday: Breaking Point
By February 21, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Breaking Point

“Watch out, guys,” Ilene Cooper warns in her review of Breaking Point (follow-up to Article 5). The breathy, emotional voice-over and electric heartbeaty soundtrack of the book’s trailer seem to say the same thing.

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Pull Yourselves Up By Your Bra Straps; Lord of the Flies meets Drop Dead Gorgeous
By February 21, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Pull Yourselves Up By Your Bra Straps; Lord of the Flies meets Drop Dead Gorgeous

Perhaps you have heard of the Mother Daughter Book Club series, and were inspired to start an MD group of your own.  Firstly:  splendid!  Secondly:  I suggest Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (after you read Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice and Little Women, of course). Tuck into this desert island tale of adventure, […]

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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