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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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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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