Read Alikes — The 5th Wave

If you liked the sci-fi dystopia of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave, here are three read-alikes you might try:

EndersGame2Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (1977)

“Intense is the word for Ender’s Game. Aliens have   attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human  species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses — and then training them in the arts of war… The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of ‘games’. … Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games…. But is he smart enough to save the planet?” (Source: New York Times, from the book jacket of Ender’s Game)


I Am Number Four by Pittacus LoreI Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (2010)

“Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you — But we are not you. We have powers you dream of having. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books — But we are real. They caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya. They killed them all. I am Number Four. I am next.” (Source: I Am Number Four book jacket)



TheHungerGamesThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2008) was the runaway winner of the 2012 CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Book Award. Writer John Green calls it “brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced.” Stephen King described it as “a violent, jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense.” Many of you have already read the book or watched the movie. But if you haven’t given the Hunger Games a try, you’re in for a fast-paced treat.

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.


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