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Mon, March 26th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Libba Bray
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Libba Bray dashed off some NYT bestselling books called the Gemma Doyle trilogy–well, don’t that beat all?  She also won the Michael L. Printz Award for a book called Going Bovine–sooooo impressive, right? Mostly she goes around writing fancy things and expecting people to read them. But let’s see how fancily she writes after I’m […]


Mon, March 26th, 2012
Some of the Hunger Is Missing from “The Hunger Games”
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Warning: Here be spoilers of book and film. Turn back lest ye be spoiled. Seriously. I mean it. I saw the Hunger Games. I didn’t see it twice in the same weekend like I did with Star Trek, because, alas, I’m not quite the nerd I used to be. However, I did take a road […]


Thu, March 22nd, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: 172 Hours on the Moon
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Final prize on Double Dare, or book trailer? If you deduced that the Nickelodeon game show has been off the air for almost 20 years, ergo book trailer this must be, you would not get slimed. Look for Dan Kraus’ review of the forthcoming 172 Hours on the Moon, for YAs and anyone else who […]


Thu, February 16th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The Worst Thing about My Sister
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

The Worst Thing about My Sister, the latest from Jacqueline Wilson, queen of English YA lit, won’t be out in the states until later this year. In the meantime, her legions of fans can get their fix of British accents and comic book fight-sequences with this dramatic, funny trailer:


Thu, January 12th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The Fault in Our Stars
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Even without a visit to the boardwalk to consult your most reliable fortune teller, you might have guessed this week’s Book Trailer Thursday pick (though perhaps you should still make that trip for the popcorn and cotton candy–due to predicted snow in Chicago, Booklist‘s carrier pigeon snack delivery system has halted service). Coinciding with the […]


Tue, January 10th, 2012
Walter Dean Myers on Being The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

Walter Dean Myers spoke with NPR this morning about his new appointment as The Library of Congress’ National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. I loved his quote that “reading is not optional,” along with his emphasis on the importance of reading to very young children. Also great is his anecdote about his own early reading […]


Thu, November 24th, 2011
Book Trailer Thanksgiving: Why We Broke Up
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

This week’s BTT doesn’t quite qualify as a trailer, but I’d argue that it has the same intented result as one: what better way to drum up excitement for a new book than by inviting the blogosphere to step right up and share hilarious and heartbreaking tales of their own? The Why We Broke Up […]


Thu, November 17th, 2011
Book Trailer Thursday: Guest Post: The Hunger Games
Posted by: Courtney Jones

So, I’ve been away for a while. Now that Sarah Hunter is doing a fine job taking over the awards beat, I’ve had a little more time to nurse my growing Hunger Games addiction. Annie Bostrom has been kind enough to let me share my rabid anticipation of the film and fill in for this […]


Tue, October 18th, 2011
Two Authors, Double the Fun
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Step one, read Saul Bellow’s lengthy masterpiece, The Adventures of Augie March. That is this fall’s selection for One Book, One Chicago, the 10th anniversary of the Chicago Public Library program. I read Augie March years ago, and was amazed to find that I remembered most vividly the sections set in Mexico, and recalled little […]


Fri, September 23rd, 2011
Getting Excited
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

I’ve always said it will be time to quit this job when I don’t feel at least a tingle as a new season’s books starting arriving. Spring 2012, a trickle of books  a few weeks ago, has turned into a steady stream, and everywhere I turn, there’s something new I can’t wait to read. Meg Rosoff is […]





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