Category Archives: Book Trailers

Author Event and Reading Without Walls Challenge Update

On Friday, December 2nd at 4 pm, local author Matt Phelan will read from his new graphic novel, Snow White, at Main Point Books in Wayne. Set in New York City during the Great Depression, this fairy tale retelling imagines Snow White as a dispossessed yet independent young woman, and the seven dwarves as a ragtag band of street urchins. Fans of film noir will appreciate the dark, moody, atmospheric style of the watercolor illustrations. Watch the official film trailer here.


Also, this week is your last chance to sign up for the “Reading Without Walls” Challenge! See Ms. Murphey in the Library to sign up by Friday, and mark your calendar for Thursday, 12/15. We’ll have a party and book discussion in the Library during mentor period and lunch, with prizes and donuts for everyone who successfully completes the challenge. PS: Please bring your book so I can take your picture for our Reading Without Walls “All-Stars” wall of fame!



My Summer Reading So Far

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Hey folks!

Hope you’re all having a great summer. I’ve definitely been having a good time. I’ve got a flourishing garden (something I’ve never managed before), a semi-organized house (just doing one room per week), and a lot of books added to my “finished” list.

So, I started the summer finishing up some books for my work with the Teens’ Top Ten Committee. Teens’ Top Ten is a top ten booklist put out by YALSA. About 20-30 books are selected by teen book groups around the country. That list is then made public and teens vote for their favorites between August and October. As an adult committee member, I don’t have a say in picking the books at any point, but I did get to make book trailers for 5 of them. Rather than sum up the books, I’ll just give you the trailers.

5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Dewey Class 000’s: 001 deals with UFOs and this book deals with an alien invasion)

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett (Dewey Class 100s: 135 deals with dreams and the main character in this book is a Nightmare – literally)

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg (Dewey Class 300s: 302 and 305 deal with social groups and social interactions and this book looks at how labels affect our ability – both positively and negatively – to get to know someone)

(The other two books I read before summer, so I’m not including them here. If you go to the YALSA youtube channel and can pick out my other two trailers, you can claim a prize in September.)

Other books I’ve read:

Chasing the 400 by Sheilah Vance Mrs. Fitzpatrick recommended this book to me. It’s an adult book about the African-American community in Ardmore in the 1950s. Really interesting. (Dewey Class 900s: 974 would include PA history.)

Random by Tom Leveen I got this as an advanced copy and will definitely add it to the collection in the fall. A girl is about to go on trial for a cyberbullying incident when she gets a mysterious call, supposedly at random. The story takes place over just a few hours. Really interesting. This author also wrote the zombie book Sick. (Dewey Class 300s again: 302 for social interaction,  cyberbullying.)

Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw This is another advanced copy. It’s a memoir by a young man from Bethlehem who has spinalmuscular atrophy, a severely debilitating physical condition. He gained notoriety for his tumblr Laughing at My Nightmare. It was okay, but I wasn’t wowed by it. (Dewey Class 600s: 616 deals with diseases and since most of Shane’s story revolves around his condition, seems a good place to drop it.)

Welfy Q. Deederhoth: Meat Purveyor, World Savior by Eric Laster This was kind of like Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by with aliens and deli meats. Welfy, a homeless teen, gets a job in a NY deli. One night, he literally stumbles through a portal to another planet, where he is the Chosen One that the citizens believe will save him. There are cool weapons and lots of deli meats. Loved this book! (Dewey Class 900: 999 is the history of extraterrestrial worlds.)

And last night I was up waaaay past my bedtime finishing an advance copy of Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King By now you should all know that I’m a huge fangirl when it comes to A.S. King. In this book, a young woman acquires the ability to see a person’s past and future when she looks at them. Through these “transmissions” she can see and starts to write the (future) history of the Second Civil War. Needless to say, I loved this. I always love A.S. King’s books. (Dewey Class 200: I’m stretching here, but the 210s have to do with Natural Theology, the existence of God and Humankind, and there’s a throughline in the story about a bat and God and having omnipotent knowledge like God. Plus, I need a 200 book.)

I’ve listened to two books. Nostradamus Ate My Hamster by Robert Rankin which was a crazy story involving time travel, Hitler, holographic movie stars, and a prop house. I’ll throw this in the 700s, since film falls in 777. And Forgive Me Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick which I got through the Sync program. I really, really did not like this book. Like Random, it takes place over a short period of time and is told by a young man who is planning to kill one of his classmates and then himself. The problem was, I really didn’t like Leonard, he was kind of a jerk. This can go in the 100s, since there’s a definite psychology bent to this book and psychology falls in the 150s.

I’m in the middle of an advance copy of Conversion, which weaves the story of Salem, MA with a current case of possible mass hysteria. So far it’s really, really good. And I’m listening to the Mysterious Howling, which was a Sync download last year.



Winter Break Reading – Think Warm Edition

I’m late in putting up yesterday’s books. I chose these because it’s not even officially winter and I’m done with snow, so I tried to find some books that give a warm feeling.

First up: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. A classic pirate tale. If you haven’t read it yet, you should. It’s fun.
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Second: I Am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak. Ed’s a slacker. He drives a cab, plays cards (badly) with friends, and pines after his best friend. Beyond that, he has no desire to do anything more. Until the day he accidentally stops a bank robbery. After that, he starts getting playing cards in the mail with instructions to do things that will help others. Ed doesn’t know who is sending them, but he feels he has no choice but to do as he’s asked. And his world starts to change. There’s nothing necessarily tropical about this book, but it’s set in Australia where it is currently summer. Zusak is also the author of The Book thief, a phenomenal story that has been made into a movie that’s out now. He’s also incredibly nice…I wrote him a “fan email” back when I was reading The Book Thief and he sent me a very nice email back.

Finally, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Imagine Lord of the Flies, but with teen beauty pageant contestants. This is the story of a group of teen beauty queens trapped on a (seemingly) deserted island after their plane crashes. Bray is one of the funniest writers out there. Here’s her ad for the book:

All Hallow’s Read Week

Have you heard about All Hallow’s Read? It’s Neil Gaiman’s idea…and let’s be honest, that in and of itself makes it a fantastic idea. Basically, for Halloween, Mr. Gaiman is encouraging everyone to give someone you love a scary book to read. So, this week, I’ll be focusing on some seasonally appropriate books–some scary, some silly with just a hint of scary.
Let’s start with the man himself – Neil Gaiman’s Coraline is one of the most delightfully creepy books I have ever read. After Coraline’s family moves to a new place, she discovers a door that leads to a parallel world where her other mother and her other father have much more time for and are more interested in her than her real parents. It seems great until the other mother wants to sew buttons over Coraline’s eyes. This is also a great book to listen to on audio. Gaiman reads it himself and the mouseband has to be the creepiest thing ever. You will never look at buttons the same way after reading this book.

One of my latest favorite books is Croak by Gina Damico. Lex is constantly getting into trouble, mostly because she just wants to punch pretty much everyone who crosses her path. In a last ditch effort to keep her from being expelled from her high school, her parents send her away to spend the summer with an uncle she barely remembers. Turns out, crazy uncle is a Grim Reaper and Lex seems to have “the touch” as well. As she starts to fit in, feel less angry, and make new friends, someone else is killing Reapers. So Lex and her group try to solve the mystery. Here’s the author’s own book trailer.

If you want to see Neil Gaiman talking about All Hallow’s Read, check out his video.

Happy scary reading!

Arrrgggg…It’s Mrs. ARG’s favorite day!

My initials just happen to be ARG, so is it any wonder that I love International Talk Like a Pirate Day?


I also happen to be a huge fangirl for author A. S. King. Just come to Children’s Book World when she’s there and see me go all agog.

So, today, two of my favorite things come together. A. S. King’s first book is The Dust of 100 Dogs, about a modern teenager who used to be a pirate. As a pirate, she was killed and cursed with the dust of 100 dogs, meaning she had to live out the lives of 100 dogs before she could be human again. Well, she’s human now and remembers where her treasure is. So all she needs is a way to get to Jamaica.

This has to be the absolute BEST book trailer I have come across, ever.

New Book – Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Dodger is Terry Pratchett’s latest publication and a 2013 Printz Honor Book. In this non-Discworld novel, Pratchett lends his humor and style to The ARtful Dodger from Oliver Twist. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but it seems to take place outside of the Oliver Twist world, since one of the characters Dodger encounters along the way is Charles Dickens himself. Terry Pratchett has never disappointed me so I can only imagine that this is going to be a fun read.

More Spring Break Books

More suggestions for those spring break reading lists.

I had the opportunity to meet Victoria Scwab, author of The Archived a few weeks ago at Children’s Book World. She is a very cool person and the idea behind this book grabbed me (and my friend Rachee who is also a librarian) right away. “The Archived” refers to dead folks. In this story, the dead are cataloged and shelved in a special library and called Histories. Keepers are charged with finding Histories who have escaped and are wandering about in the world. Mac follows in her grandfather’s footsteps and takes a job as a Keeper.
I found this fun booktrailer done as part of an English class.

Sometimes going into the family business is great. But if your dad is “The Artist,” the world’s most notorious serial killer, you probably aren’t looking to follow his lead. In Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers, Jazz wants to make it clear to everyone that he is not his father’s son. So when someone comes to town and starts recreating The Artist’s killings, Jazz is quick to offer his help to the police, who sometimes appreciate it, and sometimes aren’t sure what to make of Jazz’s interest. I read this book recently in one sitting. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down.