Book Trailer: Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown, iIllustrated by John Parra

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Check out the book trailer for Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown, illustrated by John Parra (NorthSouth, 2017). From the promotional copy:

The fascinating Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is remembered for her self-portraits, her dramatic works featuring bold and vibrant colors. 


Her work brought attention to Mexican and indigenous culture and she is also renowned for her works celebrating the female form.

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Book Trailer: The People Shall Continue by Simon Ortiz, illustrated by Sharol Graves

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynsations is going on hiatus for the rest of the week. We’ll be back on Nov. 27.

Happy feasting to those who do so at this time of year!

Check out the book trailer  for The People Shall Continue by Simon Ortiz, illustrated by Sharol Graves (Lee & Low).

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Book Trailer: Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Check out the book trailer for Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley (Dial, 2017). From the promotional copy:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Circus Mirandus comes the magic-infused story of a golden gator, two cursed kids, and how they take their destinies into their own hands.



When the red moon rises over the heart of the Okefenokee swamp,

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Book Video: An Evening of Ectoplasm

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

From the acknowledgements: “Icky paranormal history with award-winning authors William Alexander, M.T. Anderson, and Kekla Magoon. Special thanks to Alice Dodge for her spirit photography, Kelly Murphy for the gorgeous illustrations, and The Parlour Trick for graciously granting us permission to use ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ and ‘Pandora’ from their album ‘A Blessed Unrest.’”

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Book Trailer: Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Check out the book trailer for Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh (HarperChildren’s, 2017). From the promotional copy:

We Need Diverse Books founder Ellen Oh returns with Spirit Hunters, a high-stakes middle grade mystery series about Harper Raine, the new seventh grader in town who must face down the dangerous ghosts haunting her younger brother. 

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Book Trailer: This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Check out the book trailer for This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe (Chronicle, 2017). From the promotional copy:

This is How We Do It follows the real lives of seven kids from Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia for a single day. 


In Japan, Kei plays Freeze Tag,

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Book Trailer: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

Illustrated by Frank Morrison

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Check out the book trailer for Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia (HarperChildren’s, 2017).

The first chapter comes to life as Clayton Byrd plays harmonica alongside his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the Bluesmen.

From the promotional copy:

From beloved Newbery Honor winner and three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia comes a powerful and heartfelt novel about loss,

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Book Trailer: Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Divya Srinivasan

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Check out the book trailer for Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Divya Srinivasan (HarperChildren’s, 2017). From the promotional copy:

A talking tiger is the only one who may be able to get a princess to speak in this beautiful picture book set in a mythic India by the Newbery Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Norse Mythology,

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Guest Post: Lindsey Lane on Marketing & Paperback Release of Evidence of Things Not Seen

By Lindsey Lane

What are you supposed to do when your debut novel releases in paperback?

a) Nothing

b) Heave a sigh of relief

c) Let everyone know

d) All of the above

Ahhh, the conundrums of marketing.

Guess what? There is no prescribed method for marketing our books. There is no must-do, have-to do, should-do list.

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Book Trailer: The Absoluteness of Nothing by C.G. Watson

By Gayleen Rabakukk

The Absoluteness of Nothing by C.G. Watson (Simon Pulse, May 2017) releases today in paperback. From the promotional copy:

Caleb Tosh has suffered one personal trauma too many, but this last one – the sudden departure of his mom – has pushed him down a dark and disorienting path.


His favorite video game,

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