|Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Halley and Scarlett are the best of friends. Junior year, Scarlett’s boyfriend gets killed in an accident and Scarlett gets pregnant with their baby. It’s up to Halley to help Scarlett as much as possible and be supportive when everyone else is not. Meanwhile, Halley has to deal with problems of her own…
review submitted by Katie
|The Chicken Dance by Jacques Couvillion
The Chicken Danceis about a boy named Don. Don lives on a farm and enters a chicken judging contest. He wins first place and gets invited to the international chicken judging contest. He stumbles upon a birth certificate saying his name is Stanley. He starts to learn about his family and who his real mother is.
review submitted by Clara
|The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
The Breadwinner is a brilliantly-paced book about a young girl, Parvana, living in Afghanistan. When her father gets arrested by the Taliban, she pretends to be a boy in order to support her family. Great for all ages, this book will bring suspense, thrills, and some knowledge of Afghanistan through Parvana’s life in Kabul.
review submitted by Brian
|Snail Mail No More by Paula Danzinger and Ann M. Martin
Snail Mail No More is about two girls who email each other. They are best friends, but one of them moved away so they contacted each other by letters (a.k.a. snail mail) and then by email. Each girl contacts one another to help resolve a problem, and for advice. I would recommend this book because it is an easy read and relates to real life.
review submitted by Natalia
|Everlost by Neal Shusterman
Everlost is about two kids, Allie and Nick, who got killed in a car crash. Now, they’re in a place between heaven and earth: Everlost. They feel lost there and miss their families. They have to learn to accept that they are no longer alive and face their fears, along with many challenges.
review submitted by Jenny
|Powerless by Matthew Cody
This book was about a regular 12-year-old boy in a not-so-regular town. He finds himself surrounded by other kids who apparently have super powers. They ask him to help save them from an unknown being who robs them of their powers once they’re 13. This book was heroic and fun to read. I would recommend it to almost anyone.
review submitted by Michael
|Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements is a thrilling tale. It’s about a boy named Bobby Phillips who wakes up one morning and is invisible. Bobby struggles at first but then gets used to being invisible. Can Bobby find a cure? This tale has romance and action.
review submitted by Shanna
|The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I give The Hunger Games a 5 out of 5 stars. It’s about a capital, Panem, that is surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The capital is harsh and cruel. They (the Capital) send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12–18 to participate in the Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. This book is a very good read. It has action and violence and you must read it.
review submitted by Jake
|Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Kendra and Seth go to stay with their grandparents. It turns out that their grandparent’s house has a forest full of endangered mythical creatures. Their grandpa is the caretaker of the place (Fablehaven). Then something bad happens, an evil witch is released and she tries to release a demon. Will Seth and Kendra be able to stop her?
review submitted by Zack
|The Goonies directed by Richard Donner
The Goonies was a great movie about an adventure with a purpose. A band of kids (the Goonies) are on a quest to find treasure to help save their homes from foreclosure. I loved the scary monsters and the classic shoot ‘em up bad guys! I also loved the past vs. present duel between an ancient pirate stronghold and a clever, adventurous boy. I recommend this movie for any and all over 13 years old.
review submitted by John
Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
Last 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
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.
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 MTV.com 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
Jace has been cast in the movie adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s first Mortal Instruments book, The City of Bones. Deadline 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. MTV.com 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!
EW.com 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.
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
Much like the casting for Hunger Games, rumors are abound as to who star opposite of Collins as Jace, a Shadowhunter. According to MTV.com 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.
Who would you choose?
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:
EW.com 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:
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.
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.
In the meantime, check out this video of one of the songs from the movie:
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…
reviewed submitted by Haley
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!).