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Mon, September 17th, 2012
Hostile Questions: James Dashner
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

It’s easy to be hostile to James Dashner. Dude is ubiquitous. You walk into a book store? The Maze Runner and its sequels stacked floor to ceiling! You walk into a library? Maze Runner-centered posters and displays! You walk around Hollywood? Fevered scuttlebutt regarding the upcoming movie! You go into a restaurant? Maze Runner-brand cutlery! […]


Thu, September 6th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Over You
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

I know what’s the haps here at Likely Stories. You come for the staggeringly star-studded Hostile Questions, but hopefully you’ll stay for the Book Trailer Thursdays. (@ebertchicago: anytime you’d like to guest post, the microphone is yours.) Welcome back to the schoolyear! Feeling the fresh sting of an ended summer romance? Call Ex. Inc.: Over […]


Thu, August 23rd, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The Last Dragonslayer
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

The October release of best-selling author Jasper Fforde’s first book for teens is big news–some might even call it “a historic event of magical proportions”– so it’s no surprise that with it comes this breaking news-style trailer: Read the high-demand review of The Last Dragonslayer here. And get excited!


Mon, August 20th, 2012
Hostile Questions: A.S. King
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Given the gushes of accolades gushed upon A.S. King (Printz Honor for Please Ignore Vera Dietz, six starred reviews for Everybody Sees the Ants), it’s shocking that no unscrupulous muckraker has put an end to her awesomeness by solving the the shady mystery of her full name… until now. Ladies and gentlemen, I am just […]


Mon, August 6th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Pete Hautman
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

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 […]


Thu, July 26th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

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.


Thu, June 28th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Adaptation Anticipation
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

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 […]


Mon, June 25th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Ellen Hopkins
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

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 […]


Thu, June 14th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Planet Tad
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

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 […]


Thu, May 31st, 2012
Booklist Youth Forum 2012
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

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 […]





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