Book Trailers

Book Trailer Thursday: The Darkest Corners

Who is the Ohio River Monster, you ask? Tessa, the protagonist of Kara Thomas’s psychological thriller, The Darkest Corners (Delacorte), was convinced her eyewitness statement put the right man behind bars. But when an eerily similar murder occurs in Tessa’s rural hometown of Fayette, Pennsylvania, 10 years later, she starts to wonder if Wyatt Stokes, the man convicted […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Mr. Fahrenheit

Last week, New Leaf Literary & Media sent us some interesting items: iPhone-sized videos embedded in flyers promoting their authors’ latest releases. (Should we call these “book trailer pamphlets”? Definitely an interesting combination of old and new media.) All of them were for youth titles, which seems like a logical demographic targeting. One featured the Mr. Fahrenheit video above—recorded with my […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Horrible Bear!

This one’s for anyone who’s ever had their kite crunched in two, or, who has ever been stirred from a peaceful slumber. After a freckle-faced girl finds her kite destroyed by a dozing bear, she transforms into a raging ball of fury (check out those wild, red curls!). Stomping down mountains and trudging through meadows, […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Smoke

In Smoke (Doubleday), Dan Vyleta explores how people in England circa 1900 would’ve behaved if their bodies exuded Smoke whenever they submitted to their immoral thoughts or instincts. In the trailer, an epic score captures the novel’s adventurous spirit: a gray mist unfurls over images of Big Ben and a chandelier, obscuring them the same way Smoke clouds […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Are We There Yet?

With the same interactive urgency as the book itself, this trailer for Caldecott-winner Dan Santat’s Are We There Yet? (Little, Brown)—publishing this month—unfolds in a series of speedy panels, bursts of vivid color, and imaginative jolts (is that a T. rex? Or a robot? Or . . . Ben Franklin?). Add some gorgeous piano music […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Work Like Any Other

Adult books editor Donna Seaman heralded Virginia Reeves’ historical novel Work Like Any Other (Scribner), out this month, in Booklist‘s first Spotlight on Book Discussions, December 15, 2015 issue, predicting the novel’s many themes to spark inspired discussion among readers of all kinds. If you anticipated book-club demand in your own library and ordered several copies—or if you didn’t yet—you’ll […]

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Book Trailer Thursday BONUS: The Great American Whatever

Tim Federle reflects on recording the audiobook of his newest title, The Great American Whatever. Federle’s first two author-narrated audiobooks—Better Nate Than Ever & Five, Six, Seven, Nate!—were both named Odyssey Honor titles, so get ready for another must-have addition to your collection. Alert readers have noticed this is our second Book Trailer Thursday post […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Nest

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s debut novel, The Nest (Ecco), focuses largely on family dynamics, especially that special brand of bickering that ensues when siblings are forced to work together. Although the trailer for the highly anticipated family drama doesn’t reveal any plot points, it does include a gaggle of celebrities—such as The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper—dishing on […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Julius Zebra

Julius is just your everyday, average zebra until fate forces him to become a hero. Captured from his local watering hole by Roman soldiers, Julius is dragged to the Colosseum where he must—gasp!—fight gladiators. Until a clever solution is reached, that is. Julia Smith promises that author and illustrator Gary Northfield leaves the ending of Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Two New Book-to-TV Adaptations

As has been previously cited, we have an officially unofficial rule here at the Booklist Reader that any book trailer featuring James Franco earns a Book Trailer Thursday spot; our judges have confirmed that this one qualifies, though technically it’s a trailer for a TV show. The adaptation of Stephen King’s alternate-history 11/22/63 (Scribner, 2011), […]