Book Trailers

Book Trailer Thursday: Thunder Boy Jr.

Ever considered changing your name? Thunder Boy Jr. has. Lots. Named after his father, Thunder Boy Smith Sr.—known by many as “Big Thunder”—“Little Thunder” is determined to discover a name that not only suits him, but celebrates his many adventures (climbing a mountain, touching a wild orca, and powwow dancing, to name just a few). […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Sea Change

For this week’s BTT, we’re taking a look at Sea Change (TOON), a middle-grade novel written and illustrated by Frank Viva. Eliot resents his parents for sending him to Nova Scotia for summer break. Although he barely tolerates his uncle’s rural lifestyle, he enjoys hanging with the local kids—especially Mary Beth. The child narrator in the trailer reinforces the novel’s diary-like tone, and […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Ecliptic

While not technically a mystery (sorry, Mystery Month!), Benjamin Wood’s latest novel, The Ecliptic (released May 3rd), does feature a “mysterious island.” And the trailer, complete with howling winds, churning waves, and more than a few shadowy figures, will no doubt leave you hankering for more. Portmantle, a remote retreat somewhere off the Turkish coast, offers struggling […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Wink Poppy Midnight

The trailer for April Genevieve Tucholke’s Wink Poppy Midnight (Dial) opens with, “Every story needs a hero. Every story needs a villain. Every story needs a secret.” At first, the novel’s three titular protagonists seem to fit these descriptions cleanly, but—as the trailer’s cryptic text suggests—the teenagers’ roles become ambiguous when their fates collide. In the background, eerie branches sway in the […]

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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