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Teen books are being adapted to the big screen like crazy!

Check out all the most recent news about teen books that are being made into movies:

Unwind, a compelling and issue heavy novel by Neal Shusterman, has been optioned by Constantin Films to be adapted into a movie, according to the “Hollywood Crush” blog on MTV.comUnwind is a dystopian, sci-fi novel set in a future where teens can be unwound, or be taken apart and have their organs harvested, if they don’t fit into society’s norms.






Over a year ago, Universal announced that it was going to make Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone into a movie.  Last month, the studio announced that they were going to push forward and now have a producer for the movie, according to Deadline.comDaughter of Smoke and Bone is a fantasy novel that centers on Karou, a seemingly normal teen except that she was raised by a family of Chimaera.  With questions about how she came to be a human raised by demons, Karou gets swept up in a world where a dangerous war is being waged between angels and demons.




If you are a huge fan of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy, then you should be happy with the news that writer Daniel Water’s has finished the script for the movie!   (according to Hollywood Crush)  I am definitely looking forward to seeing who is cast in the movie, as I am a huge fan of the book series.  The first book in the series, Vampire Academy, introduces us to Rose and Lissa.  Lissa is a vampire of royal blood and Rose is the dhampir (part human, part vampire) who is bonded to protect her.  Together they attend St. Vladimir’s Academy, where they have recently returned after running away, and where they will both be trained for life outside the school’s walls.



According to, Monument 14 will be adapted to the big screen.  The rights have recently been acquired and there is a writer and director already attached to the project.  Monument 14 is an amazing novel about what it would be like to be trapped with fourteen other kids and teens inside a Walmart-like store at the end of the world.  It is action packed and there is a thrilling suspense with every turn of the page.  Click here to check out my earlier review of the book.





There is a Facebook page up for the movie adaptation of Beautiful Creatures.  If you like it, you’ll get updates about the production and be able to see the newest trailers as soon as they come online.  Like this one:

I cannot wait for this movie!  If you have not read Beautiful Creatures yet, click here to find it in the LibraryI highly recommend it!

I have also decided to jump on the band wagon and get excited about the first Mortal Instruments movie.  It happened after I just recently watched the movie trailer:

Click here to find the first book in The Mortal Instruments series, The City of Bones, if you’re like me and want to read the book right now after watching that trailer!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 16, 2013 Categories: Movies, Trending

Join us for the Teen Movie Night showing of Elf!

Join us Friday, December 7, from 7 – 9 p.m. for our Teen Movie Night showing of the classic holiday comedy Elf.  After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.  Elf is rated PG and stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, and was directed by Jon Favreau.  Snacks and refreshments will be served.  This program is for teens in grades 6 – 12.  Click here to register for the program.  Also, check out a clip of Elf below:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 6, 2012 Categories: Events, Movies

Book Trailer of the Week– Beautiful Creatures Official Movie Trailer

Previously, we’ve posted about Beautiful Creatures Click here for a review and click here to check out another!  This popular series centers on Lena and Ethan and if their love can endure through Lena’s legacy as a Caster.  The first book in the series Beautiful Creatures is currently being turned into a movie that will hit theaters in February 2013.  Check out the official movie trailer below and click here to find the first book in the series, Beautiful Creatures, in the Library!


By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 1, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Movies, Supernatural/Paranormal

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:

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

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