Author Archive: Daniel Kraus

Dan Kraus is Booklist's Editor of Books for Youth. He is also the producer and director of numerous feature films, most notably the documentary Work Series, and the author of several YA novels, including Rotters and Scowler, both of which won the Odyssey Award. Follow him on Twitter at @DanielDKraus.

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Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 8: Wait, Does This Book Have a Plot?

Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 8: Wait, Does This Book Have a Plot?

Stephen King’s IT Parade is author/editor Daniel Kraus’s 10-week journal of re-reading King’s classic. Join him on this long (very long) journey, if you dare. CHAPTERS 19-20 Boy, the action is ratcheting up now, isn’t it? The arrival to Derry of the two flesh-and-blood villains, Henry Bowers and Tom Rogan, really gets the synapses firing in a serial-killer-thriller sort of […]

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We Read Dead People: MOONBOG

We Read Dead People: MOONBOG

Welcome to We Read Dead People, where authors Stephanie Kuehn (Charm & Strange, When I Am Through with You) and Daniel Kraus (Rotters, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch) read a novel from the glory days of direct-to-paperback horror—the magnificent 1980s—and determine whether it was worth the suggested retail price. Things are a boggy mess in Holland, Maine. Hometown-boy-made-good David returns […]

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Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 7: Are Kids More Dangerous Than Adults?

Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 7: Are Kids More Dangerous Than Adults?

Stephen King’s IT Parade is author/editor Daniel Kraus’s 10-week journal of re-reading King’s classic. Join him on this long (very long) journey, if you dare. CHAPTER 17-18 & THE FOURTH INTERLUDE Shambling into Week 7, my copy of IT is beginning to fall apart. Pocket Books made a valiant effort with this almost cube-shaped paperback edition, but glue can […]

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Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 6: Does This Book Have an Ending?

Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 6: Does This Book Have an Ending?

Stephen King’s IT Parade is author/editor Daniel Kraus’s 10-week journal of re-reading King’s classic. Join him on this long (very long) journey, if you dare. CHAPTERS 13-16 We’re grinding down a bit here. If you’re like me, fellow readers, you’re starting to wonder how many traumatic childhood incidents our adult Losers’ Club needs to relive before the diminishing returns […]

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Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 5: Is the Real Monster Old Age?

Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 5: Is the Real Monster Old Age?

Stephen King’s IT Parade is author/editor Daniel Kraus’s 10-week journal of re-reading King’s classic. Join him on this long (very long) journey, if you dare. CHAPTERS 10-12 & THE THIRD INTERLUDE So now we shift to the adults. Like nearly everything else in IT, King serves us up an irresistible scenario: a class reunion of sorts. Is anything (beside maybe […]

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Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 4: Do We Know These Monsters?

Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 4: Do We Know These Monsters?

Stephen King’s IT Parade is author/editor Daniel Kraus’s 10-week journal of re-reading King’s classic. Join him on this long (very long) journey, if you dare. CHAPTERS 8-9 & THE SECOND INTERLUDE These three chapters focus on, in order, Richie, Beverly, and Mike. If there is an uphill climb in the 1958 chapters, this is it. Richie is a nails-on-chalkboard character, […]

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Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 3: Does This Book Even Need Pennywise?

Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 3: Does This Book Even Need Pennywise?

Stephen King’s IT Parade is author/editor Daniel Kraus’s 10-week journal of re-reading King’s classic. Join him on this long (very long) journey, if you dare. CHAPTERS 4-7 & THE FIRST INTERLUDE Nothing speaks to the way King just can’t stop with IT than the book’s four “interludes”—in total, about 120 pages of history lessons about Derry that probably could […]

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Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 2: Who’s the Author of This Book?

Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 2: Who’s the Author of This Book?

Stephen King’s IT Parade is author/editor Daniel Kraus’s 10-week journal of re-reading King’s classic. Join him on this long (very long) journey, if you dare. CHAPTERS 1-3 Here’s what you probably remember from the beginning of IT: Little six-year-old Georgie Denbrough chasing a newspaper boat down a rainy street when it zips into a sewer grate and Georgie tries to […]

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Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 1: Is That a Book or a Bible?

Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 1: Is That a Book or a Bible?

  INTRODUCTION First thing’s first: I first read IT circa 1987. I was 12 years old, which might strike the uninitiated as a tad young to tackle King’s gruesome, relentless, complicated, and just plain unwieldy horror epic (the 1986 printing was 1,138 pages). Fans, of course, will know that it was the perfect time to […]

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Booklist’s Annual Craft Disaster: 2017

Booklist’s Annual Craft Disaster: 2017

With our Spotlight on Crafts and Gardening once again upon us, the Booklist Youth Department again decided to see how well they worked for true crafting novices: us. Last year didn’t exactly work out so well (though the rock-hard cardboard sleep mask still wows visitors to the office), but now we’re a year older. A year wiser. […]

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