Book Trailer: Bud, Not Buddy

February 16th, 2011 by

This book trailer for Bud, Not Buddy was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Black History Month theme. For more on Bud, Not Buddy, check out our “I Have a Dream” podcast.

The Great Depression wasn’t great for anyone, but it was really bad for Bud Caldwell. He’s the star of Christopher Paul Curtis’ Bud, Not Buddy. After the death of his mother, Bud moved from one terrible foster home to another… until the day he decided enough was enough — and set off in search of his father.

Book Trailer: Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

February 1st, 2011 by

This book trailer for Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Music theme. For more on Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, check out our “Face the Music” podcast.

What would you do if one day your most important problem was how to get your crush to notice you, and then BAM — the next day, you found out your little brother had cancer? What if your only claim to fame was being the drummer in All-City Jazz Band — not exactly a medical miracle? How would you use music to help your family?

Those are the questions facing the protagonist in Jordan Sonnenblick’s Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. Watch our video to meet him.

Book Trailer: Captain Underpants

January 18th, 2011 by

This book trailer for the Captain Underpants series was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Superheroes (Kinda) theme. For more on Captain Underpants, check out our “Up, Up, and Away!” podcast.

What’s the number one most important part of a superhero’s outfit? If you guessed that it’s the cape, well… you’re WRONG! It’s actually the prominently displayed underwear! At least, that’s what Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants seems to think. Watch our video to meet this, uh, untraditional superhero!

Book Trailer: Crispin, The Cross of Lead

December 28th, 2010 by

This book trailer for Crispin: The Cross of Lead was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our New Beginnings theme. For more on Crispin: The Cross of Lead, check out our “A Fresh Start” podcast.

We all sometimes fantasize about running away and starting a new life, but not if we’re forced to do it. Unfortunately for the main character in Avi’s Crispin: The Cross of Lead, he has no choice but to flee his hometown when he’s declared a criminal who can be killed by anyone. But he’s innocent! So why has he been framed? Well, that’s what he’d like to know!

Book Trailer: Charlie Bone (Children of the Red King)

November 17th, 2010 by

This book trailer for the Charlie Bone books was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Harry Potter Withdrawal theme. For more on Charlie Bone, check out our “The Boy Who Lived” podcast.

Imagine a British boarding school for kids with magical powers. Sound familiar? Well, we’re NOT talking about the Harry Potter series! These kids don’t need wands and spells; they’ve all got their own special gifts — from moving things with their minds to shape shifting. And our hero, well, he’s got an interesting way of traveling… Find out more in our video for Jenny Nimmo’s Charlie Bone books (aka the Children of the Red King series).

Book Trailer: The Witches

November 2nd, 2010 by

This book trailer for The Witches was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our More Spooky Stuff theme. For more on The Witches, check out our “The Horror, the Horror” podcast.

Ah, a relaxing vacation to the British Isles… What could be better than staying in a nice English hotel, where many of the other guests are proper-looking ladies who always wear gloves, have slightly-too-large nostrils, and are constantly scratching at their hair? Wait a minute! Could it be these women are not what they seem? That’s what our hero finds out in Roald Dahl’s The Witches.

Book Trailer: Geronimo Stilton

October 19th, 2010 by

This book trailer for the Geronimo Stilton series was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our More Mysteries theme. For more on Geronimo Stilton, check out our “Mysterious Forces at Work” podcast.

If you think that puns are cheesy and that mysteries stink, then you’ll want to stay away from the Geronimo Stilton books. But if you like a mouse whose detective skills are as sharp as his teeth, watch our video!

Book Trailer: The Sisters Grimm

October 5th, 2010 by

This book trailer for the Sisters Grimm series was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Fractured Fairy Tales theme. For more on The Sisters Grimm, check out our “Happily Ever After” podcast.

What if your family was in charge of solving mysterious crimes — for fairy tale characters? Welcome to the world of The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley!

Book Trailer: Maniac Magee

September 21st, 2010 by

This book trailer for Maniac Magee was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Books About Orphans theme. For more on Maniac Magee, check out our “Hard-Knock Life” podcast.

Have you ever met someone who can run faster than everyone else, intercept a football pass when he’s not even playing, and untie any knot? Well, you’re about to! Just watch our video for Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli!

Book Trailer: Al Capone Does My Shirts

September 7th, 2010 by

This book trailer for Al Capone Does My Shirts was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our The New Kid theme. For more on Al Capone Does My Shirts, check out our “New Kids on the Block” podcast.

If you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know it can be rough making new friends and learning how things work at your new school. But imagine how hard it would be if your new home were a prison — literally. That’s what the main character is up against in Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko!

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