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Book Trailer Thursday: Nightmares!

Book Trailer Thursday: Nightmares!

Is Charlie Laird’s new stepmom a kooky herbalist or something much more sinister, as the gloopy purple potion she gleefully pulls from the refrigerator would lead one to suspect? Jason Segel might occasionally co-star with Kermit, but with Kirsten Miller he wrote Nightmares! (Delacorte), a spooky middle-grade novel centered around Charlie, his newly-horrible home life, […]

By October 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Skin-Crawling Reads: When Horror Is Nonfiction

Skin-Crawling Reads: When Horror Is Nonfiction

Yeah, yeah, sure. It’s one thing for an author to scare you stiff with stuff that might happen, that could happen—when we know it probably won’t. This Halloween, let’s scare ourselves with skin-crawling reads that are terrifying precisely because THEY ARE TRUE. (This all started, by the way, with Booklist editorial assistant Sarah Grant, who had us all dancing […]

By October 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Here There Be Carbon-Emission-Eating Dragons: A YA Fantasy, High-School Reality, Urban-Fantasy Mashup

Here There Be Carbon-Emission-Eating Dragons: A YA Fantasy, High-School Reality, Urban-Fantasy Mashup

Lynn: Can there be anything more attractive to young readers than dragons? High fantasy, fairy tales, humorous fantasy, legends and folklore, mythology, classical literature and even some science fiction are replete with dragons in infinite variety, and our fascination with the idea never wanes. In case you’ve missed it, there’s a new dragon book on […]

Webcomics Wednesday: The Last Mechanical Monster, by Brian Fies

Webcomics Wednesday: The Last Mechanical Monster, by Brian Fies

When a series of animated Superman shorts from the 1940s entered the public domain, artist and writer Brian Fies used one as a launching pad for this Eisner-nominated webcomic about the Inventor, an aged villain, and his protracted plan to wreak vengeance on his enemies. The original Superman cartoon forms the backstory—Superman and Lois Lane […]

By October 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Growing Up Too Fast: A Rock-and-Roll Coming-of-Age

Growing Up Too Fast: A Rock-and-Roll Coming-of-Age

Caitlin Moran’s debut coming-of-age novel, How to Build a Girl, tackles two topics that not enough literary or even coming-of-age fiction does: the sex-obsessed teenage girl and a family living in poverty. I found both topics refreshing, even eye-opening at times, and believe that both will give book groups a lot to discuss. What she […]

By October 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
New Out of the Box: Using Book Swag to Get Kids Reading

New Out of the Box: Using Book Swag to Get Kids Reading

Cindy: I so enjoy coming home to new boxes of books but sometimes I don’t know what to make of the occasional extra special promotional book shipments I receive from publishers. Lots of packaging, cool gimmicks, a bit of a hard sell . . . they sometimes make me feel guilty. But last spring I […]