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Scholastic Releases Harry Potter Collectible Covers

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BookTrib’s latest partnership is with The Mary Sue, a site with “intense passion for… fan trends, social issues, geek fashion and art, innovative gadgets, and beyond.”  This week, The Mary Sue shares with our readers the new covers celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter. Harry Potter is celebrating 20 years this September, and as part of a year-long celebration, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books have released a new set of beautiful collectible covers. Illustrated by Brian Selznick, Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, each cover of all seven books stand alone, but also connect to form a larger image. You can check out the full effect in the video above!   It’s hard to believe that Harry Potter is 20 years old! Then…

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10 Young Adult Novels We’re Reading on International Youth Day

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August 12 is International Youth Day, an event created in 1999 by the United Nations as a way for governments to focus on issues and programs that affect young people. We’re also celebrating Youth Day here at BookTrib by bringing you all the best youth-driven novels we’re obsessed with at the moment. Remember, just because it’s a book written for teens doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it as an adult. Actually, you may even enjoy it more, safe in the knowledge that your high school days are long behind you. Regardless of age, embrace your youthful side today by diving into these 10 awesome YA novels: Tales of the Peculiar, Ransom Riggs (Dutton Books for Young Readers, September 3, 2016) Riggs is…

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I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost — Except for Spooky Ones in Books!

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“If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” On June 8, 1984 the world was introduced to the supernatural comedy known as Ghostbusters. I can still remember my favorite scene of the green blob-slob, Slimer, shoveling a tray of room service sweets down his gullet and onto the floor. But the most important part of the film is the cast, the classic comedy crew of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver just to name a few. Jump forward 30 years and now we find ourselves with a new team of ghost exterminators: Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon lead the pack, shall we say gracefully? This movie may seem…

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Book Romances That Would be Your Perfect Summer Fling!

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Summer is officially here! Teens and college students are home from school and they’re looking for fun and exciting things to spend their time doing every day. Some will go on road trips, others will most definitely go to the beach, while some will certainly fall in love. Ahh, summer flings. So, you’ve just bumped into someone who’s home for a few months and you start thinking they’re pretty cute and totally your type. You both make some memories that you’ll hold dear forever, even if you go your separate ways come September. Then it’s back to reality. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. But if you’re looking to make that summer fling as memorable as you can, you’ll want to take some…

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LGBTQ Reads: Jazz Jennings and Kody Keplinger Among Authors Embracing Pride Month

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June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month, and in light of the upcoming election and the tragedy that occurred in Orlando, reading books about LGTBQ characters is more important than ever. Ten years ago it was almost impossible to find queer main characters in popular literature, with readers often needing to seek out indie titles or search through self-published e-books to find non-heteronormative stories. But lately there has been a boom in LGBTQ publishing, particularly in genres like Young Adult literature. And while we definitely still have a long way to go, it’s clear that readers are clamoring for more and more books that celebrate the LGBTQ community. So as we close out Pride Month, we thought it only fitting…

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4 of the Best Fictional Places to Go on a Date — and the Real Life Alternatives!

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Romance is hard. It’s difficult enough finding somebody you like, and it’s even tougher to convince that person to get into your car and let you take them someplace that you swear is nice. However, dating shouldn’t be stressful — it should just be a pleasant time between two people who may or may not kiss at the end of the date. So, in the spirit of helping you put a little spring into your dating life, here’s a collection of the best fictional places from books we’d like to plan a date at, plus a real life alternative you might be able to pull off! Window Shopping in Hogsmeade A little town so perfect that it “looks like a…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books to Read Over the Holiday Break

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It’s here! Christmas is almost upon us and that means you’re packing, wrapping, traveling, cooking and generally going holiday-crazy doing whatever must be done before the big day arrives. However, the holiday break also offers us some much-needed relaxation time off from work or school. There’s no better way to chill than cozying up to a great book and diving in. So, whether you’re cuddled up with a blanket near the tree in between gift-wrapping sessions, or riding in the passenger seat on your way to Grandma’s house, we have five hot new reads perfect for all of your holiday escapism needs. Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of A Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator, Homer Hickam (William Morrow; October 2015) “Must-read… A…

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Scary Stories: 3 Books for When the Halloween Candy Disappears

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As the moon rises on another Halloween night, candy is the thing. But as the festivities wind down – and the sugar rush is in full swing – you’ll want to settle down with a deliciously scary book. That’s when R.J. Julia Booksellers and general manager Lori Fazio step in to satisfy your craving. Going strong for over a quarter-century and winner of several major awards, including Publishers Weekly Bookseller of the Year and Connecticut Magazine’s Best Bookstore, R.J. Julia previously helped us out with some fantastic Y.A. titles. Now, they’re back with three diverse Halloween goodies: Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay (Arthur A. Levine Books, October 6, 2015) “What is Halloween…

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Staff Stacks: Accio Harry Potter Sequel!

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I can’t say I passed Divination with flying colors, but…is that a sequel I see in the tea leaves? Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter movies, recently expressed his interest in directing a Harry Potter sequel. According to Entertainment Weekly, Columbus dreamed of directing all of the Harry Potter films originally, but it didn’t work out because of the time it took away from his family (he’s a stand-up guy). In the interview he was quoted saying that he would love to direct a Harry Potter film separate from Fantastic Beasts. Specifically, he wants to work with the characters of Harry, Ron and Hermione again. He also emphasized that the final film ends 19 years in the…

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