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Archive for the 'YA' Category

Thu, July 31st, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Rumble
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Ellen Hopkins, author of wildly popular novels in verse for teens, focuses in her latest, Rumble (Simon & Schuster), on faith and spirituality. The book’s dramatic trailer shows glimpes of the troubled protagonist and his brother’s suicide. Booklist reviewer Debbie Carton writes, “Hopkins’ novel taps into common themes of contemporary teen life, with dialogue and […]


Thu, July 3rd, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Afterworlds
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Booklist reviewer Cindy Welch says Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds (Simon Pulse), today’s BTT, will have librarians grinning in delight, and not just because they can’t keep the book-within-a-book on shelves. Read Cindy’s starred, high-demand review to find out why, and watch and share the slick trailer, below.


Thu, April 24th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Going Over
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Starred, as well as a Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth title, Beth Kephart’s Going Over (Chronicle) tells the story of starcrossed teen lovers in early 1980s, divided Berlin. Teens are sure to devour rebel Ada’s intricate tale, set in a not too distant, but complex and seldom written about, time in the world’s history.


Thu, March 6th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Hope Is a Ferris Wheel
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

The Booklist review of Robin Herrera’s Hope Is a Ferris Wheel (Abrams/Amulet) touts the debut novel’s delightful narrator and “unique supporting cast.” Here they are adorably animated in the book’s trailer, which features BTT’s first trailer (home) within a trailer (book). Girl with blue hair starts a school book club and finds solace and solidary […]


Fri, October 11th, 2013
Title Trends: Pretty Word, Ugly Word
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Oh, internationally beloved and best-selling Beautiful Creatures series, what have ye wrought? Imitation is, of course, the most lucrative form of flattery, and marketing managers across this great land perked up their ears at the simple yet brilliant title construction. Pretty Word + Ugly Word drills directly into the teenager’s desire to be desired (see: […]


Thu, October 10th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: All Our Yesterdays
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Cristin Terrell’s YA debut All Our Yesterdays asks the question, “If you could go back and kill someone before he or she grew up to do terrible things, would you? What if that person was someone you cared for?” Rough questions, rough book trailer:


Thu, September 19th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Battling Boy
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

In his starred review of Battling Boy in the September 15 issue of Booklist, Jesse Karp writes: “Comics’ sci-fi rock-god Pope synthesizes the mythologies of Superman, Batman, and Hercules and sends them crashing into a monster-infested dystopia in this rollicking blast of adventure, the first part of a larger tale.” Are you listening yet? Now, […]


Thu, August 29th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: The Dark Between
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

No, you’re not still wearing your sunglasses–this is just one dark book trailer. Appropriately dark, that is, for Sonja Gensler’s latest, The Dark Between, which explores early-twentieth-century psychic research and spirit photograhy in Cambridge’s seedy underbelly. Historical fiction incorporating paranormal and romantic elements? I see a long request list.


Thu, June 13th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Belle Epoque
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

“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 […]


Thu, June 6th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Boy Nobody
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

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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