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!

Kidsmomo Podcast #30: “Adventure Is Out There!”

July 27th, 2010 by

A perilous ocean voyage from Britain to America. A trip to Africa to cure monkeys. An around-the-world chase to battle a god. And a nightmare plane ride, sitting next to total strangers… Okay, that last one is just Nancy complaining. But in our latest podcast, all about globe-trotting adventures, we do feature books with some actually terrifying and dangerous exploits. And yet, we still whine about how freezing it is on an airplane. Hey, we get cold easily, okay?

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  • Nancy calls for MUTINY — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our picks for globe-trotting adventures — including a review by YOU (The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle and Kane Chronicles Book 1: The Red Pyramid)
  • Planes, trains, and automobiles

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is summer camp. But instead of postcards, send us a review of your favorite summer camp book! And check out our picks for summer camp books.

— Karen and Nancy

Book Trailer: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

July 21st, 2010 by

This book trailer for The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Globe-Trotting Adventures theme. For more on The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, check out our “Adventure Is Out There!” podcast.

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Getting there is half the fun.” Well, for the heroine in Avi’s The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, the journey is not so much fun as… a terrifying, near-deadly experience!

Kidsmomo Podcast #18: “We Are THE CHAMPIONS!”

February 9th, 2010 by

We’re no ESPN commentators, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a good sports book every now and then. From soccer to baseball to football — even sled dog racing! — our latest podcast covers them all.

So grab your cleats/mitt/helmet/bobsled and take a listen:

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  • Sports memories from us and Avi! — aka our mystery book revealed
  • In the outfield, over hill, and on the gridiron — our sports book picks, plus one from you (Out Standing in My Field, Stone Fox, and Million-Dollar Throw)
  • Nancy’s past as a sports champion (WHA?!)

And don’t forget: in honor of Valentine’s Day, our next theme is romance! So watch our latest Mystery Book Theater video and check out these books involving romance that’ll make you swoon — in a good way.
— Nancy and Karen

PS – In Part 1 of the podcast, Karen mentions her favorite scuba diving experience and Nancy mentions an embarrassing snowboarding moment. Here’s digital proof of both (in the video, Nancy’s the one in white):

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Book Trailer: S.O.R. Losers

February 2nd, 2010 by

This book trailer for S.O.R. Losers was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Sports theme. For more on S.O.R. Losers, check out our “We Are THE CHAMPIONS!” podcast.

What happens when you take a group of kids who hate sports, and you force them to play soccer against actual teams from other schools? Disaster, that’s what.

Watch the video for Avi’s S.O.R. Losers to see how their first game unfolds…

Kidsmomo Podcast #10: “Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet”

November 3rd, 2009 by

Finally coming down off your Halloween sugar high and need a pick-me-up? Well, you’re in luck because it’s time for our latest podcast, all about spooky and supernatural books!

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  • “Mini Monsters, Evil Aliens, and Ballerinas in Sweatpants” — this week’s mystery book and ghosts of our Halloweens past
  • “Ghosts and More Ghosts” — our spooky book picks* (The Graveyard Book and Something Upstairs)
  • Karen’s most glorious costume moment… sadly, decades ago

And when you’re done listening, don’t forget: our next theme is wacky families! So watch our latest Mystery Book Theater video and check out these books about wacky families that will have you laughing out loud and maybe, just maybe, being a little nicer to your siblings. Ha ha, yeah, right…)

— Nancy and Karen

*P.S. – In this part of the podcast, Karen mentions that you can hear Neil Gaiman read all of The Graveyard Book if you go to his website. Here’s a quick link right to it!

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