This week, I spoke at a battle-of-the-books event, one with an internet hook-up between Toronto and Winnipeg, where Dust City is on the shortlist for the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award.
At the event, groups of students put together presentations about a particular book and were awarded points for creativity, detail and presentation skills. All pretty standard. At the end of the event, however, the group championing Dust City approached me.
“We made you a book trailer,” they explained. “Check it out.” (Being children of the 21st century, they had a smart phone at the ready.)
I’ve seen a number of homemade book trailers for Dust City, but none like this. These kids have taken some serious lessons from the hyperbole of Hollywood. But in a good way.
Anyway, the trailer kinda blew my mind. See for yourself: