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Movie News–Updates on Teen Books in Pop Culture

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

Fat kidLast week K.L. Going posted on her blog that the movie for Fat Kid Rules the World has finally started filming. Click here to read the full post.  The independent film is shooting in Seattle, and will star two indie actors Jacob Wysocki and Matt O’Leary.  Fat Kid Rules the World is an older novel, but it is a really good read.  Also, the audiobook is excellent and is read by Matthew Lillard.  Click here to download it!  We first meet Troy, who is overweight and depressed, as he is contemplating suicide by throwing himself in front of a train.  However, right before he is about to jump onto the tracks, the legend that is Curt MacCrae stops him. Curt has a reputation as a genius guitar player, punk rocker, and a slightly homeless high school drop out.  In exchange for saving Troy’s life, Curt claims that Troy owes him lunch, and thus begins an interesting friendship.  Troy always wanted to be in a band and Curt just happens to need a drummer, nevermind that Troy can’t play the drums.  Together Curt and Troy set out to make an impact on the punk scene in New York.  However, how much can a homeless possibly drug addicted skinny kid and a 6’1″ 198 pound depressed guy do to change the world…?

 The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

Luxe The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the production team behind the TV show Gossip Girl is bringing Anna Godbersen’s Luxe series to the big screen.  Filming has not yet begun and the screenplay is currently being written, but it sounds like they want the stlye of the movie to be like that of Moulin Rouge, complete with musical numbers.  The Luxe series is a four book series, and the first book entitled The Luxe is set in Manhattan in 1899.  The novel opens on a funeral of a young heiress named Elizabeth.  We are then taken back through the events that have led to Elizabeth’s death.  Scandalous affairs, forced marriages, and high society definitely make this series an interesting spin on the traditional Gossip Girl drama.


Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Finally, look out for the book Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi later this year.  Not only is it in the ever popular dystopian genre, but is also reporting that it already has a movie deal.  The novel centers on Juliette who has the power to kill by touch.  After she accidently kills someone, “the Reestablishment” finds out what she can do and locks up for murder.  Meanwhile, outside her prison, the world is falling apart.  Look for Shatter Me to hit bookshelfs in November 2011.



posted by Colleen, Teen Services Librarian

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 15, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies

Movie and TV news–updates on Teen books in pop culture

The first official images of Edward and Bella’s wedding in the first part of Breaking Dawn have arrived.  They have surfaced on an ad for MTV’s Movie Awards.   

Jace has been cast in the movie adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s first Mortal Instruments book, The City of BonesDeadline is reporting that the role has gone to Jamie Campbell Bower, who you may recognize as the actor who portrays Caius from New Moon and the young Gellert Grindlewald from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


Finally, if your a fan of The Vampire Diaries, based on the book series by L.J. Smith, then prepare to have another favorite. has reported that the CW has picked up another of Smith’s series, the Secret Circle series, and plans to air it right after The Vampire Diaries.  The Secret Circle series centers on a coven of witches.  Check out the first book at the Library, The Initiation, now and finish reading the series in time for the fall!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 2, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Movies

First Look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen has the exclusive first look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, in the upcoming Hunger Games movie.  Click here to read the entire article.  I have to admit I really like the transformation!  


If you can’t get your hands on a copy of the May 20th issue of Entertainment Weekly, then come into the Library.  We keep current issues on our shelves and they can’t be checked out, so you’ll be sure to get a look at the article.  Then when they are no longer the newest issue, you can check the magazines out for 2 weeks.  Click here to find Entertainment Weekly in our catalog.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 19, 2011 Categories: Movies

Movie News–The Mortal Instruments

Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series is huge right now!  I haven’t seen a copy on the shelf at the Library in weeks!  So it should come as no surprise that there is a movie in pre-production right now.  The lead of Clary Fray has already been given to Lily Collins, most famous for her role in The Blind Side.


The first book in the series, The City of Bones, centers on Clary who is dragged into the world of the Shadowhunters when she and her mother are both targeted by the demons.  Clary is not supposed to see the world of the Shadowhunters, so when she unexplainably can she finds herself torn between what she used to think was the real world and this new world where all supernatural beings exist.  It is unclear right now if the movie will cover what happens in the entire Mortal Instruments series, or if it will focus on the first book.

Here are books in the series order.  (Click on the title to find it at the Library!)
1. City of Bones
2. City of Ashes
3. City of Glass
4. City of Fallen Angels
5. City of Lost Souls coming May 2012
6. City of Heavenly Fire coming September 2013

Infernal Devices (the companion series to The Mortal Instruments)
1. Clockwork Angel
2. Clockwork Prince

Much like the casting for Hunger Games, rumors are abound as to who star opposite of Collins as Jace, a Shadowhunter.  According to three stars are being considered right now:
1. Jamie Campbell Bower, most well known for his role as Caius in the Twilight movies.
2. Ed Speelers, who played Eragon.
3. Leebo Freeman, a newcomer.

 Jamie_campbell_bower  Ed speleers   Leebofreeman 

Who would you choose?

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 17, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies

Divergent by Veronica Roth book trailer

Previously, I posted about Veronica Roth’s Divergent because it had a movie deal before it even hit the book shelves.  Well, it has been published (click here to find it at the Library) and now there is a short book trailer for it.  One thing I didn’t know, but that I think is pretty cool, is that the setting for Divergent is in a dystopian Chicago of the future.  Check out the book trailer below:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 3, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction, Movies

2 New Additions to the Hunger Games Movie broke the news yesterday that Thresh and Rue have been cast in the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ popular book The Hunger Games (click here to find it in the Library).  The roles of the two District 11 tributes were given to two relative new actors.  Thresh will be played by Dayo Okeniyi and Rue will be played by Amandla Stenberg.  If you remember, Thresh was the imposing male tribute from District 11 who showed mercy to Katniss because of her alliance with Rue.  Rue of course was a pivotal character in The Hunger Games as she not only was a key alliance for Katniss but she also became a driving force for Katniss to survive the games.  Need a refresher?  Check out The Hunger Games at the Library now!

Also, check out the Facebook page for The Hunger Games.  There is this awesome way to keep track of who is cast in the movie:


By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 19, 2011 Categories: Dystopian, Fiction, Movies

Lemonade Mouth

Lemonade Mouth

Did you catch the premiere of Lemonade Mouth on the Disney Channel last night?  If you’re a fan, did you know that Lemonade Mouth was originally a book written by Mark Peter Hughes?  Click here to find it in the Library, and check it out to see how it compares to the movie. 

Lemonade Mouth Book If you missed the premiere, Lemonade Mouth is about five random freshmen who meet in detention and end up forming a band.  In the book, the band’s story is told through alternating chapters by each band member.  As they start to make music together and get attention that goes beyond their high school, the band mates also have to deal with some typical and not so typical life drama.

You still have a chance to watch Lemonade Mouth on the Disney Channel.  Click here to find out when it is airing next.

Also, you can check out the DVD of the movie at the Library when it is release on 5/24/11.  Click here to find it in our catalog.

In the meantime, check out this video of one of the songs from the movie:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 16, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies, Music, Realistic Fiction

Movie Review–Tangled

Tangled I really like the new movie Tangled… It was about a girl named Rapunzel who has long hair and can’t leave the castle. On her birthday her family does something very special for here and this year she wasn’t able to escape the castle but she did on her birthday. There was more in the movie but it was very good and I would truly recommend it to everyone no matter what age. I thought it was very funny and had a great story line in the movie. I would rate It 4 stars because I really liked it and I know you will too when you see it…

Click here to find Tangled at the Library.

reviewed submitted by Haley

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 11, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Movies

Soul Surfer tie-in

The movie Soul Surfer hits theaters tomorrow.  It is the true story of the surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm at 13 years old when a 14 foot tiger shark attacked her.

Here’s the trailer for the movie:

Stop by the Library and check out the books Soul Surfer: a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the board by Bethany Hamilton and Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham.  Soul Surfer is Hamilton’s own account of the attack, what led up to it and how she overcame the loss of her arm.  Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham was actually written before Bethany was attacked and she attracted national media attention.  As the author, Kelly Bingham, explains here she had just finished her first draft of the book when Bethany was attacked, so she shelved the manuscript and almost never revisited it.  A year later she revised the manuscript and sold it in 2006.  It is also cool to note that Shark Girl is a novel in verse (a great way to celebrate National Poetry month!).

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 7, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction

Get into the Game–Baseball Fiction

Baseball season is officially here! Some (including me) say that it is the most wonderful season there is. 

Check out some of these Teen novels centered on baseball, on display now at the Library:

High Heat by Carl Deuker
Shane’s life comes crashing down when his father is arrested for money laundering and commits suicide.  Shane lived a privileged life that revolved around baseball so when he, his mom, and his sister are forced to move to a small apartment and live in virtual poverty, Shane rebels.  He’s arrested for stealing and as part of his probation Shane has to work on repairing a local baseball field and he slowly rediscovers his love for baseball.

The Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith
Ryan is a Cubs fan thanks to her father, who passed away when she was 10.  So, when she skips school to attend the opening day game and meets Nick, a fellow Cubs fan, an intense relationship blossoms.  Ryan’s world comes crashing down, though, when she learns that Nick is terminally ill.

Samurai Shortstop by Alan Gratz
It is 1890 and Toyo is attending an elite boarding school in Japan.  Toyo comes from a family of samurai and is trained as such; however the emperor has outlawed the samurai practices.  Struggling to fit in at school and maintain his samurai heritage, Toyo finds solace in a new sport, baseball.

Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena
Danny is half white and half Mexican and attends a predominantly white private school in San Diego County where he definitely does not fit in.  However, one summer he decides to stay with his father’s family in National City just across the border.  It is there that Danny finds friendship and that he has a great talent for pitching.

Center Field by Robert Lipsyte
Mike wants nothing more than to play baseball in the center field position.  However, a new kid at school threatens his position on the team.  Combined with other problems at home and with his girlfriend, Mike’s life spirals out of control and he gets in trouble at school.  Forced to do community service with the Cyber Club and sit the bench, Mike begins to learn that there’s more about his center field replacement than the school is letting on.

Change-Up by John Feinstein
While covering the World Series game, two teenaged reporters discover that the star rookie pitcher has changed his life story when the details of a tragic incident change from his earlier interviews.  The two reporters are faced with the dilemma to uncover the truth and expose the pitcher’s secrets.

Click here for a more complete list of titles.

Also, check out some of these classic baseball movies at the Library:

The Natural
I can hear the theme music now, as Roy Hobbs hits the game winning home run into the lights.  This is definitely my favorite baseball movie!

The Rookie
This movie is based on the real life Jim Morris who had a brief 2 seasons in the big leagues, but whose story made him famous.

For Love of the Game
A romantic spin on the game of baseball.
The Bad News Bears
A girl who may be the best pitcher around and a guy who is a motorcycle riding trouble maker who just happens to be the best athlete in town—this is a classic if for nothing else than Walter Matthau as Coach Buttermaker.

A League of Their Own
“There’s no crying in baseball!”  This film is another one of my favorites, with classic performances by Tom Hanks and Geena Davis.

The Pride of the Yankees
This is the 1942 biographical film about Lou Gehrig, played by Gary Cooper. 

Field of Dreams
“If you build it, he will come…”  most commonly misquoted as “If you build it, they will come…”

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 5, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies