Mini-documentary: Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

Never Fall Down is the true-life story of Arn Chorn Pond: child soldier in Cambodia, musician, and survivor. This gripping video sets the scene for Patricia McCormick’s book, with explanations and descriptions from Arn Chorn Pond.

Mini-documentary about Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick, featuring Arn Chorn Pond

Mini-documentary about Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick, featuring Arn Chorn Pond




(Very Funny!) Author Interview — Robyn Schneider, The Beginning of Everything

OK. Robyn Schneider is funny. Just how funny? Check out her series of short book-teasers about The Beginning of Everything.

Amid silly talk about hedgehogs and clothing malfunctions, Schneider more seriously describes her book as a cross between John Green’s Paper Towns and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

She also says it was inspired by Fabio, who was tragically hit in the face with a bird during a roller-coaster ride in Virginia. Intrigued? Read it! Already read it? Let us know what you think.

The Beginning of Everything — author interviews (Robyn Schneider)

author Robyn Schneider and Fabio: screen capture from Schneider video

Author Interview — David Levithan (Every Day)

In this video, author David Levithan explains what his novel Every Day is about, and reads some key passages.

Book Trailers — Every Day

David Levithan’s Every Day has inspired many readers to create their own creative book trailers. Here are two that try to capture the mood and feel of the novel with music and images. If you could choose a soundtrack to Every Day, what song(s) would you choose?



Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong: Alt Endings

Have you devoured Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong yet? This fun, fast-paced graphic novel was also serialized as a web comic with (drum roll…) three hilarious alternate endings. Check them out here.

page from grahic novel Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong: Alternate endings from authors’ website



Author Reading — Bomb

Look and listen! Steve Sheinkin, author of Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, explains how he became interested in this spy-thriller story. He also has a cool collection of black-and-white photos you can flip through to see the people at the centre of this real-life drama.

1) Bomb Photo Slideshow

2) Bomb Author Reading (1:52)

Book Trailer — Far Far Away

This book trailer perfectly captures the quirky, foreboding mood of Tom McNeal’s Far Far Away:

“What follows is the strange and fateful tale of a boy, a girl, and a ghost. … Will this fairy tale end happily ever after?”

Book Trailer — Seraphina

Today’s book trailer takes you into the tense, magical world of Seraphina and asks, “Can one girl unite two worlds?”

Book Trailer — The 5th Wave

Not sure which Top 10 book to read next? Book trailers can help! Like a movie trailer, a book trailer provides a 1-2 minute preview of a book’s plot and characters. Over the next weeks, we will be posting  trailers for many of the Top 10 books. Today we bring you a creepy quartet: Four short trailers that set the backdrop for The 5th Wave.

Welcome to TRCA 2014! Get ready to read…



CCRSB Library Services staff carefully chose the 2014 Top 10 based on the best critical reviews, readers’ reviews, and the books’ performances on well-respected awards lists. These titles represent a wide range of genres and include some of the best fiction and non-fiction published between January, 2012  and January, 2013. They are (in alphabetical order by title):

  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  • The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
  • Bomb: The Race to Build – And Steal – The World’s Most Powerful Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Every Day by David Levithan
  • Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
  • Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
  • Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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