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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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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We Read Dead People: SEE NO EVIL

We Read Dead People: SEE NO EVIL

Welcome to We Read Dead People, where authors Stephanie Kuehn (Charm & Strange, The Smaller Evil) and Daniel Kraus (The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Rotters) 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. Poor little Caryn! She’s got a distant dad, […]

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We Read Dead People: CAT’S EYE

We Read Dead People: CAT’S EYE

Welcome to We Read Dead People, where authors Stephanie Kuehn (Charm & Strange, The Smaller Evil) and Daniel Kraus (The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Rotters) 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. Dee Conner is all snuggled into her forest […]

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Hostile Questions: S.J. Kincaid

Hostile Questions: S.J. Kincaid

S.J. Kincaid knows a lot about genetic engineering, evil corporations, and technology used for nefarious means. And yet, as far as we can tell, she doesn’t work in politics. Lest you think we are delivering you fake news, her newest work, The Diabolic, is most definitely a book—if you attended any book conferences last year, […]

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We Read Dead People: TRICYCLE
By February 23, 2017 9 Comments Read More →

We Read Dead People: TRICYCLE

Welcome to We Read Dead People, where authors Stephanie Kuehn (Charm & Strange, The Smaller Evil) and Daniel Kraus (The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Rotters) 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. What’s scarier than a grumpy five-year-old with a tricycle […]

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Throwback Thursday: Romancing the YA Cover Art
By January 26, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Throwback Thursday: Romancing the YA Cover Art

Editor’s note: Nicola Yoon’s The Sun is Also a Star took home a Coretta Scott King Award on Sunday at the ALA Youth Media Awards. Long before these laurels, Yoon was a bestselling author whose iconic cover design launched scores of imitators—something Dan Kraus noticed long before anyone else. This post was originally published on […]

The (Literally) Biggest YA Novels of the Year
By December 15, 2016 2 Comments Read More →

The (Literally) Biggest YA Novels of the Year

The days of the sub-200-page YA book have been vanquished. Formidable cement bunker–sized books are what everyone’s reading these days, and why not? Lengthy books provide an antidote to screen-scrolling, app-switching, notification-chiming sort of reading. As a bonus, they protect you from unexpected machete attack. So let’s run through this year’s 10 biggest YA behemoths, […]

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The Civil War in 3,000 Easy Pages: Celebrating Shelby Foote’s 100th Birthday
By November 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

The Civil War in 3,000 Easy Pages: Celebrating Shelby Foote’s 100th Birthday

Recently—very recently, about an hour ago—I completed a year-long siege comparable to that of General Grant’s 1863 campaign against Vicksburg: finishing Shelby Foote’s landmark trilogy, The Civil War: A Narrative, before the author’s 100th birthday on November 17, 2017. Wedging even slender books into a reviewer’s free time is difficult, and this was 3,000 tiny-print, small-margin, often […]

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On Problematic Reviews
By November 4, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

On Problematic Reviews

Recently more than one review journal has been called out for problematic reviews, particularly around the labeling of characters’ gender identity or sexual orientation as somehow connoting “mature” content. Our friends at SLJ recently responded to such a criticism—and responded very well—and our hats are off to them for taking responsibility in a mature, open, […]

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Booklist Celebrates 50 Years of YA
By November 2, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Booklist Celebrates 50 Years of YA

So this is, as they say, kind of a big deal. In 2017, for the whole darn year, we’ll be celebrating the 50th year of the modern young-adult book, as is commonly defined by the 1967 publishing of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. We’ve got so many things planned I honestly don’t know where start. For […]