Saturday, 27 September 2014


by Natasha Deen
Great Plains Teen Fiction
192 pp.
Ages 13+
September, 2014

Falling behind in my reading doesn't preclude me from craving the time to read everything, including Natasha Deen's Guardian.  Alas, I have to rely on the synopsis from Great Plains Teen Fiction catalogue to provide the details for this new young adult book.

For seventeen-year-old Maggie Johnson, transitioning the dead isn’t hard. What’s tough is surviving the insults and pranks of Serge Popov, high school thug and the dumbest jock to ever set foot in Dead Falls, Alberta. When she finds him dead and later discovers his spirit trapped in her room, she figures it’s a case of divine justice. Let the jerk rot for eternity, bound to an earthly prison. But someone—or something—has a different agenda. If Maggie doesn’t help Serge cross over, she’ll die at the hands of the otherworldly entity that’s taken an interest in the dead bully. As she digs into the circumstances of Serge’s murder, she’ll uncover the secrets hidden by the world of the living and the wonders revealed by cities of the dead—if her investigation doesn’t kill her first. 
on September 27, 2014.


Uploaded by Natasha Deen on August 16, 2014 to YouTube.

While the trailer is short, you might consider checking out the author's website at, especially as she has an additional video in which she speaks of her grandfather's role in inspiring this book.

Any Questions?

by Marie-Louise Gay
Groundwood Books
60 pp.
Ages 6-9
September 2014

Just reviewed this picture book from Marie-Louise Gay and Groundwood on September 25, 2014 and learned there is a book trailer!  Perfectly timed to share.

Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay
Uploaded by House of Anansi on September 23, 2014 to YouTube.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Art of Getting Stared At

by Laura Langston
Razorbill Canada
304 pp.
Ages 13+
September 2014

Would love to post this trailer but just can't seem to embed it. So check it out at the Razorbill website here:

The Warning

by Sharon Jennings
HIP Mainstreet
104 pp.
Ages 13+
May, 2014

Six scary stories for teen readers.

The Warning
Uploaded by Paul Jamison on May 16, 2014 to YouTube.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The Magician of Auschwitz

by Kathy Kacer
Illustrated by Gillian Newland
Second Story Press
32 pp.
Ages 7+
September, 2014

The Magician of Auschwitz by Kathy Kacer

Uploaded by Kathy Kacer on August 29, 2014 to YouTube

Peach Girl

by Raymond Nakamura
Illustrated by Rebecca Bender
Pajama Press
32 pp.
Ages 5-8
May 2014

Reviewed here

Peach Girl Book Trailer

Uploaded by Pajama Press on September 3, 2014 to YouTube