Tweets of the Week

Here’s a round up of tweets — just in case you missed any this week!


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Teens’ Top Ten: Maggie Stiefvater

Teen Read Week is October 14th through 20th, but here at The Hub, we’re celebrating for ten days so we can bring you interviews, guest posts, videos, and more with each of the authors whose books made this year’s Teens’ Top Ten. Today we feature Maggie Stiefvater, whose book The Scorpio Races is #8 on this year’s list.

The Scorpio Races (a 2012 Printz Honor book) was one of my favorite reads on this year’s Teens’ Top Ten nominee list. It combined the perfect mix of legend and lore, the right amount of tension and romance, and the most terrifying creatures a reader could ever fall in love with for a memorable and exciting read. Before reading though, my first experience with The Scorpio Races was the book trailer.


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Clockwork Prince book trailer

Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel was the #1 book on this year’s Teen’s Top Ten. The second book in the series, Clockwork Prince, will be out December 6th (just eight days left!), but today Entertainment Weekly released an exclusive book trailer! (The video’s non-embeddable, so you’ll have to click through.)

If that’s not enough, check out this video of Cassandra reading the prologue at a signing at Books of Wonder in NYC this May:

What do you think?

The wait is over – A Monster Calls

All he could feel, all he had felt since the monster revealed itself, was a growing disappointment. Because this wasn’t the monster he was expecting. “So come and get me then,” he said.

So begins A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, the story of 13-year-old Conor and the monster that visits him on dark night. The book comes out today in the US and to say I’ve patiently waited for this day is an outright lie. I’ve been toe-tapping, room-pacing, bouncing-in-my-seat excited waiting for this book.

Conor wakes one night to a monster outside, but it’s not the monster he’s been excepting from his nightmares. This monster, though, is ready to make a deal. The monster will tell him three stories and afterward, Conor has to tell him a story. And not just any story, but a true story. This monster isn’t even the worst of Conor’s problems. His mother is getting sicker, his long-absent father doesn’t know what to do with him, and his classmates bully and taunt. Conor finds himself drowning in pain, anger and helplessness when the monster finally demands his story. Will Conor be strong enough to face the other monster from his nightmares? The truth or something worse? 

Ness is the author of the incredible Chaos Walking series (the first book was among the 2009 Best Books for Young Adults and the 2011 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults and the audiobook version was an Odyssey Award honor book). He based A Monster Calls on an idea from Siobhan Dowd (whose books have been on the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Best Books for Young Adults lists). The two authors had never met when Dowd tragically died in 2007 and Ness was asked to finish the story. Mixing ancient magic, the power of stories, and the tragedy of life, Ness creates a heartbreaking and exquisite story of loss and eventually healing.  

Stories are the wildest things of all, the monster rumbled. Stories chase and bite and hunt.

If my clumsy attempt to describe one of the most emotional and well-written story I’ve read all year doesn’t convince you to read this NOW then the trailer certainly will.


— Amanda Margis, reading A Lesson in Secrets by Jacueline Winspear and listening to A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

Coming Distractions

Normally I’m a patient person.  Not so when waiting for the last book in a series or the new title from a favorite author.  Then its all staring longingly at my holds list for the status to change  from “on hold” to “available.”  Here are the top five books that are driving me to distraction with longing and release dates that are subject to change.

#1 When a Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, release date 9/27.

Patrick Ness made me cry at the end of Monsters of Men, alone, in my car, parked in my driveway for ten minutes so I could listen to the end of the audiobook.  Needless to say, prepare yourselves to have your emotional being ripped up, jumbled around and then made whole again.  As all good books do.  This book trailer may be in German but that does not stop it from being awesome.


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Teen book trailers: Two ways

There are so many ways to get excited about reading and books and there isn’t a right way to do it. Everyone has their own sources for learning about new books to read and one of my personal favorite sources is YouTube. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good NY Times book review, but sometimes actually engaging with a person telling me their opinion of a book is that much more compelling. Since I regularly scour YouTube for new book reviews, I happened upon the video below which I really like because it’s honest and comes right from a teen voice. She talks about why book reports aren’t her preferred way to review a book and gives some interesting thoughts on two titles: I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore and the ubiquitous favorite, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.


Teen Book Talk on YouTube
The second video takes a different take on book reviews by sharing a slew of titles that she wants to read this year and setting it to music. I really like this video because I can learn about a bunch of new titles and, in essence, it’s a musical booklist. Sure, I don’t get to hear her reviews of the books (especially since she presumably hasn’t read them yet), but it’s an engaging way to learn about new titles.


Book Music Video on YouTube

Interestingly, there is a major dearth in males (adults or teens) giving video book reviews and I wonder if the readers have either some links to share on that or thoughts on the matter. Enjoy!

Pima County Book Trailers: And Then There Were None (2009)

Since 2006, Pima County Public Library has hosted a summer video project called That’s My Take where teens write, edit, and produce high-quality edited short films to promote books and reading.

These videos are really excellent– not only well-done artistically, but they explore a range of books — from classics to newly published.

Today we feature Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery, And Then There Were None, produced in 2009 by Chloe Carlson, Davin Carlson, Marianna Hauglie, and Elizabeth Horner. It’s a great example of a teen trailer that does not necessarily have to have teens in it. I read this book when I was in 7th grade and loved it, and this trailer does a fabulous job of capture the gripping element of this eerie murder mystery. Well done!

The project is a collaboration between the Pima County Public Library and Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona, Voices: community stories past and present, Pan Left Productions, echoPark Productions, and the University of Arizona School of Media Arts.