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Book Trailer Thursday: Adaptation Anticipation

Book Trailer Thursday: Adaptation Anticipation

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 […]

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Hostile Questions: Ellen Hopkins

Hostile Questions: Ellen Hopkins

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 […]

No ‘Fault’ Discussion

No ‘Fault’ Discussion

One of my favorite book groups to facilitate is the KCPL/Kansas City Star FYI Book Group. One of this group’s greatest strengths is that no one has ever met before. In fact, that’s almost a requirement for joining. The KCPL/KCStar FYI Book Group comes together every six to eight weeks at different times, days, and […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Planet Tad

Book Trailer Thursday: Planet Tad

Today’s book trailer really demonstrates the beauty of its format–it speaks to a crowd who might not think much of a book on a shelf. Told in blog entries, Planet Tad, as Ian Chipman might lead us to believe, can appeal to some more reluctant middle-grade readers. This unorthodox format lends itself well to the […]

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Booklist Youth Forum 2012

Booklist Youth Forum 2012

By tradition, Friday nights at ALA Annual Conference belong to the Booklist Youth Forum. We are especially excited to announce our 2012 panelists, a who’s who of popular authors outspoken on this year’s topic: “Guy Writers Talk Guy Readers.” Michael Grant, author of the bestselling Gone series and the new novel BZRK. Jon Scieszka, former […]

Book Trailer Thursday: A NYC Daily Double

Book Trailer Thursday: A NYC Daily Double

This week’s MM BTT celebrates the city so nice they named it twice by featuring TWO New York City mystery book trailers, one taking place in Manhattan and the other in Brooklyn. That’s right–two out of five boroughs represented! While a 40% might not be a passing grade anywhere else, when you consider that this […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Year of the Gadfly

Book Trailer Thursday: The Year of the Gadfly

This week’s MM BTT features more cameos than 2010′s Super Sad True Love Story, (fittingly, including Gary Shteyngart!). Booklist calls The Year of the Gadfly “a bildungsroman with a compelling mystery” that YAs would enjoy, too. Here’s another mystery: who isn’t in this trailer? And, if Christiane Amanpour suggested she re-write your book, what would […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Revived

Book Trailer Thursday: Revived

A Mystery Month-full of BTTs continues with the trailer for Revived, by Cat Patrick. Booklist calls the YA mystery “a fast-paced page-turner that explores the familiar moral ground often found at the heart of speculative fiction.” Indeed, we know we’re not dealing with any regular old mystery when the trailer’s narrator, Daisey Appleby, opens with […]

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Hostile Questions: Ransom Riggs

Hostile Questions: Ransom Riggs

Hey! You! Ransom Riggs! What, you think you can just explode upon the scene with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and dangle the film rights before Tim Burton and then cruise around the country all successful and whatnot? Sure, you’ve been on the bestseller charts for 45 weeks. But guess how long it’ll take […]

City of Orphans

City of Orphans

“People are freer in America.  But there are more tears.” The sentence above, a quote by Mama Geless, a Danish immigrant in the book City of Orphans. does a nice job of summarizing the theme of this story.  Unintentionally, I have been reading books with similar themes lately including Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn […]