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Black Swan reviewed by Amanda

I’m in love with the movie Black Swan (2010).  I strongly recommend this movie for those who love ballet, dancing, or ballet performances. I take ballet, and every time I watch this movie (which has been more than a few times) I become so motivated to dance. The choreography of this movie is amazing, as well as the story line. However, since this is a Rated R movie, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this movie to anyone under the age of 16, maybe 15 at the least. There are some sexual parts of this movie that in my opinion (and from watching it with immature friends), is only for mature audiences. I also did have to watch it 2 or 3 times to realize the hidden parts to the story-line and once I concentrated and watched the whole movie, everything tied in together and it made sense (which only made me love the film even more!). Natalie Portman is both an amazing actress and dancer, and if I had to rate this movie, I would give it a 5 out of 5 star rating.

Click here to find the movie Black Swan in the Library, and please note that this movie is rated R and not intended for teens under the age of 17 to watch without an adult present.

review submitted by Amanda

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 30, 2012 Categories: Movies, Reviews By You

Book Trailer of the Week– The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie trailer

This week’s book trailer of the week is not a book trailer, but a trailer for a movie based on a book.  In theaters today is The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  The book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, was written by Stephen Chbosky and published in 1999.  Set in 1991, the story centers on Charlie as he begins his freshmen year in high school.  Charlie is naive, but also very intelligent and reflective.  Struggling with needing to be accepted, but also knowing that he is not like everyone else, Charlie finds friends in the unlikely pair of seniors, Sam and Charlie.  From there Charlie begins to unravel who he is and who he wants to be.  Click here to find the book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower in the Library and enjoy the movie trailer below:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 21, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, High School, Movies, Realistic Fiction

Mortal Instruments Movie Coming August 2013

In exactly one year from today, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will be hitting the big screen.

Are you already a fan?  Then check out the official website where you can see who has been cast:

http://themortalinstrumentsmovie.com/

You can also Like the Facebook page for the movie to get updates:

http://www.facebook.com/TheMortalInstruments

If you want to read the series before the movie comes out, then you should start now!  Below is the series list for the five of The Mortal Instruments books that are on bookshelves now and the prequel series, The Infernal Devices.  Just click on the cover or the title to find them in the Library today!

The Mortal Instruments

1.  City of Bones

2.  City of Ashes

3.  City of Glass

4.  City of Fallen Angels

 

5.  City of Lost Souls

The Infernal Devices

1.  Clockwork Angel

 

2.  Clockwork Prince

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 24, 2012 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Movies, Supernatural/Paranormal, Trending

Young Sherlock Holmes, Starring Nicholas Rowe

Young Sherlock Holmes

Starring Nicholas Rowe, written by Chris Columbus, and Directed by Barry Levinson 

Can’t get enough Sherlock? Try this classic movie, it will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing whodunit. The movie takes a different spin, on a classic tale, by having Sherlock Holmes meet Dr. Watson at London’s prestigious boarding school, Bromton Academy. The light-hearted mystery, is set in the Victorian era, with plenty of fog and some gothic horror. The friends must navigate the tough social setting of boarding school, while trying to find out why seemingly ordinary men are acting crazy. A local gentleman throws himself out of a window and Holmes’ mentor, Professor Waxflatter, stabs himself while fighting some invisible force. Holmes suspects the deaths are connnected and foul play is involved.  He alerts Scotland Yard, but they rebuff his claims as being ridiculous.  This means that Holmes, Watson, and Waxflatter’s niece, Elizabeth, must solve the mystery of these deaths. The only clues they have are a mysterious, hooded figure with a blowpipe, a jingling noise every time the figure appears, and Waxflatter’s dying word,  “Eh-tar”. Their enemies are on to them and the school is trying to expel them, but Holmes, Watson, and Elizabeth push forward with an investigation that pits them directly against their enemies and puts them in mortal danger.

This is a fun, fast-paced movie with a great mystery and intense ending. Because the movie is set in the Victorian era, the film’s age is not a distraction to the plot line. The special effects are not as sophisticated as movies made in 2012, but they are still pretty cool. In fact, Young Sherlock Holmes had the first CGI (computer generated) character in any movie – a stainless steel knight. Fans of the character, Sherlock Holmes, will be interested in learning the origins of his pipe, his cape, his cap and and his archenemy, Professor Moriarty. Young Sherlock Holmes has mystery, adventure, and a moving love story. This is a sure hit for some indoor summer fun.

 

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on July 5, 2012 Categories: Movies, Mystery, Staff Pics

In Honor of Douglas Adams’s 60th Birthday…

HitchhikersDouglas Adams would have been 60 today.  In honor of his birthday, pick up his hilarious sci-fi novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.   This novel, the first in a series, is a laugh out loud funny account of what happens when the earth is destroyed and earthling Arthur Dent just happens to hitchhike onto to an alien spacecraft right at the end of the world, with his good friend and also alien Ford Prefect.  What follows is the account of Arthur’s journey as he travels the galaxy encountering a crazy cast of characters as well as another earthling, Tricia McMillan, who he also happened to meet at a party and asked out, before the end of the earth.  Click here to find The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy at the Library.

If you have already read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, did you also know that there was this awesomely well-done movie adaptation of the book?

Click here to find the movie, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, at the Library.

Also, if you just so happen to be a super fan of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (like me) try out this super awesome Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Infocom Adventure game, found on douglasadams.comClick here to find the game, it’s a role playing game taking cues from the book and you have to try to stay alive, despite the end of the world and hitchhiking your way through the galaxy, just like Arthur Dent.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 11, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Movies, Science Fiction, Staff Pics

Twilight Extravaganza Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow at the Library for the Twilight Extravaganza, from 4 – 6 p.m. Your invitation to the wedding of the century has arrived! The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 film is in theaters at midnight, and we are celebrating. Volturi, Vampires, Werewolves, and Humans are invited to get dressed in their finest and join us for food, crafts, trivia, and fun. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume and several other categories.  Click here to find the Twilight Extravaganza on our events calendar and register for the program!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 17, 2011 Categories: Events, Movies

The Hunger Games Trailer

It’s here and it looks awesome!  I don’t want to wait until March…

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 14, 2011 Categories: Dystopian, Fiction, Movies, Trending

10 Reviews by You

  The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games is a story that is packed with adventure and excitement.  I couldn’t even put the book down.  It’s also frightening and a loving book.  I think that whoever picks up this book will truly love it and won’t want to put it down.

review submitted by Alexandra

  Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins surprised me by being an amazing sequel to The Hunger Games. I had high expectations for this book and they were achieved. Katniss and all her friends are back when the government decides to do a special edition hunger games, a challenge for the champions. With the government in more chaos than ever, will Katniss survive?

reviewed submitted by Samantha

  Once Upon a Marigold by Jean FerrisThis story was exciting and a good read.  It’s about a princess named Marigold forming a friendship with commoner Christian.  Christian lives in a cave with his friend Ed.  He finds work in the castle, reveals his identity to Marigold, and uncovers the plot Mother Olympia is planning (she is evil).

review submitted by Katie

  The Red Pyramid by Rick RiordanThis book tells the story of Sadie and Carter Kane, siblings who, after their mother’s death, were separated.  Now, on Christmas Day, one of two days they can meet, they witness their father’s capture by Set, and Egyptian God.  This sets off a journey to find out who they really are and to learn to master their powers, all while trying to save their dad.  I really liked this book because it combines Egyptian mythology with adventure and excitement.  I recommend this book for anyone interested in mythology.

review submitted by Ellen

ttyl by Lauren Myraclettyl is a book that teen girls would like.  It has some problems that girls might understand.  It was in a cool format like AIM.  If I was to rate this book, I would rate it 5 stars.  It’s got a lot of things happening and it makes you feel like you’re really IMing someone.

review submitted by Isabella

Pretty Little Liars by Sara ShepardPretty Little Liars is a story of five girls entering 7th grade.  Then one goes missing.  Four years later they find her, well, her body.  Could Ali’s death bring Spencer, Aria, Hannah, and Emily closer to the fact that Ali is haunting them, or does someone know their deepest secrets?

review submitted by Emma

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 cover Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2To start the conclusion of the epic Harry Potter series, we find our heroes at a beach house with a goblin named Griphook.  They find out where one of the last horcruxes is and set off to find it.  Meanwhile, everyone is preparing for the battle between Harry and Voldemort.  This movie is a definite must see because of the action and amazing battles.This movie is rated PG-13.

review submitted by Flynn

 Jinx book cover Jinx by Meg CabotI thought this was a really good book for people who enjoy magic, and somewhat romance novels.  A girl nicknamed Jinx, for her bad luck, moved in with her aunt and uncle to escape a stalker.  Her cousin Tory is determined to ruin Jinx’s life only because Jinx has magical powers and Tory doesn’t.  All I’m going to say is, did Jinx really escape horror by coming to New York, or did she walk right into it?

review submitted by Pooja

  Monte Carlo (2011)I saw the movie Monte Carlo! It was about a girl who wanted to go on a trip to Monte Carlo. She finally goes with some of her work friends. It was a great movie and any age can see it.This movie is rated PG.

review submitted by Haley

  The Sword Thief by Peter Larangis (The 39 Clues, book 3)The third 39 Clues book was a thrilling, action-packed clue-hunting book.  I’d recommend this series to anyone who loves quick books with a ton of suspense.

review submitted by Sara

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 1, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies, Reviews By You

10 Reviews by You

 Secretariat Secretariat

I saw the movie Secretariat, which was really good. It is a true story about a horse named Secretariat who competes in horse races all over and tries to win. I would definitely recommend this movie to everyone no matter the age… It is rated PG and is a really good true story about the life of owning horses. It just came out on DVD recently and I just saw it for the first time.

review submitted by Haley

 Misscongenialitydvdcover Miss Congeniality

Miss Congeniality is a hilarious Sandra Bullock movie.  It has action, violence, humor, fashion, and a girly touch.  I’d recommend this movie to a group of girls that want to laugh out loud.  That’s a wrap!

review submitted by Sara

 Keys to the Demon Prison Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull

Keys to the Demon Prison is the fifth book in the Fablehaven series
This book was about an adventure that two teenagers went on that get them mixed into a magical world with evil demons lurking about.  They team uo with magical creatures to stop the opening of Zzyzx, the demon prison.  I really like this book because it was practically overflowing with action, adventure, humor, heroism, and fun.

review submitted by Michael

 LongWay Gone  A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

In this amazing autobiography of the author’s unfortunate childhood in Sierra Leone, he finds himself in the middle of a civil war.  When his family perishes by the rebels, he is forced to become a boy soldier in order to survive.  This book will make you want to keep reading until the very end.

review submitted by Brian

 Swim the Fly Swim the Fly by Don Calame

Swim the Fly is about three friends who want to get better at swimming so they can impress a girl.  It was a good story and a quick read.

review submitted by Eric

 PromKings DramaQueens Prom Kings and Drama Queens by Dorian Cirrone

I thought the book Prom Kings and Drama Queens was very good.  Once I started, it was hard to stop, and it made me feel good at the end.  At the beginning, the main character almost gets arrested.  The way she deals with this surprised me.  Also, she has to make a hard decision towards the end of the book, that I wasn’t expecting.

review submitted by Ivanka

 Answer Book Answer Book: fast facts about our world by the National Geographic Society

If you dream about learning more, like me, the Answer Book is perfect for you.  Whether you want to read about maps, space, human history, or life on earth, the Answer Book has it all.  I think it is unique because not only does it talk about earth in the past and today, but it also has an atlas in the back and tells you how to get more information about what you’re reading online.  I would recommend this for fifth graders to adults who want to know more about the world around them.

review submitted by Matthew

 Shade Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shade is the story of a girl who lives in a world where everyone sees ghosts, everyone, that is, who were born after the Shift.  After her boyfriend dies, Aura has a hard time letting his ghost go, while she starts having feelings for the new student at her school.  Shade is an exciting story that’s hard to put down, especially when the secret of the Shift is revealed.

review submitted by Natalie

 Origins Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s diaries: v. 1: Origins by L.J. Smith

Stefan Salvatore lived in Mystic Falls with his father and his brother, Damon.  When he meets Katherine, his life turns upside down and he betrays his family.  While there is mysterious killings, Stefan finds out Katherine’s big secret.  What does he do?

review submitted by Stephanie

 Forgotten Garden The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

This suspenseful mystery surprised me with twists and turns at every corner.  The main character is trying to finish discovering her grandmother Nell’s past, that leads her from Australia to the Cornish coast.  This novel was a thrilling read, but was often hard to follow as it changed perspective every chapter.  Four Stars.

review submitted by Elizabeth

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 13, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies, Nonfiction

10 Reviews By You

The Looking Glass The Looking Glass by Richard Paul Evans

I read The Looking Glass by Richard Paul Evans. It was a good book and I would also recommend all his books to everyone who likes to learn/hear about love, treasure, as well as mysteries that they find.

review submitted by Haley

 

 

Bud not Buddy book cover Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

I just read Bud, Not Buddy.  It was really funny.  The main character, Bud, has a great imagination and is hilarious.  It is set in the 1930’s and  you learn a lot about what was going on during the depression and how people survived.

review submitted by Jeff

 

 

Lule Dark Can See Through Walls book cover Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls by Bennett Madison

Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls is about a girl named Lulu Dark whose purse gets stolen.  She doesn’t want to play detective, she just wants her purse back.  But when things start getting stranger and a Lulu impersonator, dead classmate, nail concious stalker, and more start showing up, Lulu realizes this isn’t just about a lost purse.

review submitted by Katie

 

 

 A Long Walk to Water book cover A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Salva lives in a war torn country, Nya has to walk eight hours a day for water.  Neither children live an idylic childhood, or even close to one.  How will each child survive when sickness and war are all over?

review submitted by Paige

 

 

Vampire Kisses book cover Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber

A goth girl falls in love with a goth vampire.  In the process, they encounter two other vampires who want to get revenge on the goth vampires.  This was a good book.  If you like the Twilight Saga, you will love this book.  I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

review submitted by Isha

 

 

Fruits Basket book cover Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

Tohru Honda is a high school student.  She lost her parents at a young age, so she lived with her grandfather.  But, while her grandfather’s house was getting renovated, she lived in a tent.  But it was on Sohma property and they found her, so the Sohmas let her live with them for awhile.  But Tohru stumbles upon their family secret.

review submitted by Karen

 

 

Ask Me No Questions book cover Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos

Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos is an amazing book.  It’s the story of Nadira and her family being considered terrorists after the 9-11 attacks.  IT’s breathtaking and you want to keep reading no matter what.  It shows you the other side of immigrant life.

review submitted by Shane

 

 

Heart and Salsa book cover Heart and Salsa by Suzanne Nelson

Heart and Salsa is about a girl named Cat who loves diving.  When she moves to Boston, she does anything she can to get away.  So, she signs up for the S.A.S.S. program to go to Mexico and spend some girl bonding time with her best friend Sabrina, who happens to have a boyfriend that no one told Cat about.  Cat gets caught in a little romance, too.  This book is a quick read that I would recommend.

review submitted by Natalia

 

Mud City book cover Mud City by Deborah Ellis

In this epic conclusion of the Breadwinner Trilogy, Shazuia, Parvana’s friend, has come to a refugee camp in Pakistan.  Later on, she travels to Peshanar, Pakistan in search of work to get to France to get away from her miserable life.  As you read this book, you might wonder if her plan is actaully a possibility or just a hopeless dream of escaping.

review submitted by Brian

 

 

Step Up 3 DVD Step Up 3 

I really love dancing and it is one of my dreams so when I saw Step Up 3, I was amazed.  The dance moves, group dances, and music were so well thought out and extraordinary.  The story follows a dance group waiting to battle another, but first they go through personal obstacles.  This movie had amazing choreography and actors/actresses.  I will definitely watch it again!

review submitted by Sharzad

By MPPL on August 22, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies