Monday, October 25, 2010

Reimagination of the Month

Ever want to live inside a book or movie? Enjoy imagining dressing like Coraline.

Coraline 1

For those of you who missed this little treat, it's a movie based on the book of the same name by the incredible Neil Gaiman. When young Coraline moves into a huge old house, she instantly becomes bored and feels ignored by her parents. But all that changes when she finds a small hidden door behind some old wallpaper. In the middle of the night, she goes through the small passage and finds a bizarre parallel world where everything is completely different. Her parents are kind and caring, there is never a lack of things to do, but there is something odd. They all have buttons for eyes and she slowly begins to realize that it is all just a trap. If you haven't seen the movie or read the book, I highly recommend both!

Coraline 2

Friday, October 15, 2010

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October 1st - October 15th

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Librarian's Pick of the Week: Bloody Jack

Title: Bloody Jack
Author: L. A. Meyer
Published: 2002
Age: 13+

Have you seen the Pirates of the Caribbean series, one two many times, but still need a pirate fix? Well, I have the perfect thing for you!

Synopsis: "Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of eighteenth-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas.There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret. This could be the adventure of her life--if only she doesn't get caught...."

Review: "At the age of 12 or so, Mary lives by her wits, begging and stealing on the streets of London, and sleeps under Blackfriars Bridge with a small gang of orphans. When her friend Charlie is murdered, she dons his clothes, calls herself Jacky Faber, and signs on as a ship's boy on the Dolphin, a Royal Navy frigate. In addition to dealing with the challenges of learning how to do her job and stay out of trouble, she must hide her gender while dealing with unexpected changes in her body and her emotions. When she falls in love with one of her shipmates and reveals her secret to him, the two of them have even more to hide. From shooting a pirate in battle to foiling a shipmate's sexual attack to surviving when stranded alone on a Caribbean island, the action in Jacky's tale will entertain readers with a taste for adventure. Phrases from old ballads echo through the text as well as some of the chapter headings, adding to the period feel of the telling. A first novel with a strong voice that is also a memorable piece of historical fiction." - Booklist

If you're intrigued, don't forget to check our library's catalog for this book!

Monday, October 4, 2010

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September 15th - September 30th

Friday, October 1, 2010

Librarian's Pick of the Week: Monster

Title: Monster
Author: Walter Dean Myers
Published: 2004
Age: 14+

Winner of the Printz Award. Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award. National Book Award Finalist.

Synopsis: "Steve Harmon's black. He's in jail, maybe forever. He's on trial for murder. And he's sixteen years old. Steve: "Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I'll call it what the lady prosecutor called me . . . MONSTER."

Review: "Monster, by Walter Dean Myers (HarperCollins, 1999), was written as a first-person dramatic film script in which Steve, a 16-year-old teenager on trial for murder, recounts his arrest, experiences while in jail, and trial. This unusual story, read smoothly and efficiently by Peter Francis James, will be enjoyed by young adult listeners who will feel the courtroom drama even more emotionally through James' narration. However, his authoritative, matter-of-fact tone keeps the narration from getting maudlin. His rhythmic, steady speech is usually gentle and reassuring, but it does show anger when appropriate. James realistically recreates Steve's speech, and on occasion changes tone or pitch to differentiate characters. This audiobook will stimulate interest in the book and other novels by Meyers." - School Library Journal

If you're intrigued, don't forget to check our library's catalog for this book!
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