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Archive for the 'YA' Category

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.”

Thu, February 21st, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Breaking Point
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

“Watch out, guys,” Ilene Cooper warns in her review of Breaking Point (follow-up to Article 5). The breathy, emotional voice-over and electric heartbeaty soundtrack of the book’s trailer seem to say the same thing.

Thu, December 13th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Janie Face to Face
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Twenty-two years, five books, and a Lifetime movie later, Janie is still studying that milk carton in today’s book trailer for Janie Face to Face: It doesn’t say or show much and is as slick as we’ve come to expect from a big publisher-produced trailer, but it will interest series fans and maybe pull in […]

Fri, September 28th, 2012
What makes YA fiction so popular?
Posted by: Keir Graff

Next week, I’ll be making my annual trip to Bouchercon, a fan-favorite mystery convention, where I’ll be moderating “The Popularity of YA Books” with Joelle Charbonneau, Jordan Dane, Michelle Gagnon, and Bev Irwin. It’s no secret that YA is hotter than ever, and it’s not just for kids anymore—if indeed it ever was. But I definitely […]

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