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Thursday, December 17, 2009 12:22 pm
Book Trailer Thursday: YALSA Book Trailer Contest
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

I know, I know: every time I post about some amazing new trailer, it seems nigh impossible to compete. But take heart! People–even teens–make their own book trailers every day. All it takes is a little ingenuity (and some fake fangs if it’s a Twilight trailer, which, let’s face it, it probably is).

Now it’s time to stash the fangs. The Young Adult Library Services Association is challenging any teen or group of teens to make a book trailer for one of the five finalists to either of YALSA’s new awards: the William C. Morris YA Debut Award and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

I’ve had the pleasure of serving as Booklist consultant to the Nonfiction Award, and am pretty proud of our five fine finalists. Just a glance at the topics–astronauts, evolution, bus boycotts, circuses, and colonial excavations–should get any young Spielberg’s gears a-turnin’.

Rules, tips, guidelines, deadlines–and, yes, details on the prize money–can all be found right here.

(Oh, what the heck. Here’s one of those teen-made Twilight trailers to tide you over.)

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