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Aaaaaaa!!!! Summer to Be Like NOW!

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Rolling back into the Bites again…Summer is here (soon). While there is no formal Summer Reading Sign Up for Teens (12-18), of course, reading anything you want is still very much encouraged.  Here there will be book recommendations, Teen program alerts like the June 27th Amazin’ Gamin’ Video game truck and more.  YOUR recommendations are helpful so please consider getting in touch with the Teen Reads department at yasandwichpl@yahoo.com with your reviews, cues and news.  Those interested in volunteering at the Library can come to an interest meeting Saturday, June 10th at 1 pm (30 minutes).  Of course, if you don’t make it, please contact me through email or at the Library.  So this is just a get back into the Summer Reading Game AND to let you know the theme this year is BUILD A BETTER WORLD!…which you will because you are you and that is that.

Teen Reads April ‘The Alchemyst’

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Teen Reads  April ‘The Alchemyst’

Steadily this group of re-formed McBas (Massachusetts Children’s Book Award) members has met to keep the good book mojo going.  So far, they have tackled the following titles:  The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelly Pearsall; GONE by Michael Grant; The Young Elites by Marie Lu; City of Masks by Mary Hoffman and for April, ‘The Alchemyst’ by Michael Scott.  There is also a movement afoot to create a mini-movie based on one of the books read.  Keep in touch and you will know how that is going.  We meet once a month.  The group is open to new members, just please register as there is always pizza involved and it is nice to know who is attending.

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is the first in a series written by Michael Scott. Synopsis: Twin 15-year-old siblings Sophie and Josh Newman take summer jobs in San Francisco across the street from one another: she at a coffee shop, he at a bookstore owned by Nick and Perry Fleming. In the vey first chapter, armed goons garbed in black with “dead-looking skin and… marble eyes” (actually Golems) storm the bookshop, take Perry hostage and swipe a rare Book (but not before Josh snatches its two most important pages). The stolen volume is the Codex, an ancient text of magical wisdom. Nick Fleming is really Nicholas Flamel, the 14th-century alchemist who could turn base metal into gold, and make a potion that ensures immortality. Sophie and Josh learn that they are mentioned in the Codex’s prophecies: “The two that are one will come either to save or to destroy the world.” Mayhem ensues, as Irish author Scott draws on a wide knowledge of world mythology to stage a battle between the Dark Elders and their hired gun—Dr. John Dee—against the forces of good, led by Flamel and the twins (Sophie’s powers are “awakened” by the goddess Hekate, who’d been living in an elaborate treehouse north of San Francisco). Not only do they need the Codex back to stop Dee and company, but the immortality potion must be brewed afresh every month. Time is running out, literally, for the Flamels.

The Silence of the Artists…

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img_3696FREE is nice. An unexpected FREE thing is nice, too.  A yellow ‘big item’ slip in my mailbox meant something. You see the two items that I received in the mailer here.  The scholastic Art & Writing Awards Catalog and The Best Teen Writing of 2016.  From all over the US.  You can find these two gems in the Teen Reads area.   Art – or the ‘arty’ pursuits – doesn’t shout at you to read or look at what it offers. Let’s face it, first reactions are pretty subjective. So the two publications won’t grab you like Devil’s Snare as you walk by but I encourage you to read and look at both.  Really, really good art and writing from real people (teens). And it’s FREE.

The Winter Place…on the page

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winter placeAnother ghost story. Finland. Big sister. Little brother. Dead parents. Bear. Hiisi (Finnish troublesome devilish elemental). Grandparents. Lost souls. Choosing Life. Choosing Death. Family bonds. Cold. Winter. Kalevala.  Never give up. … I always was a sucker for books that take place in a desolate place that harbors warmth stubbornly.  Thriller of a ghost story.

‘Twas the day before the day before New Year’s day….

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Blogs are not what they used to be.  Still there’s a few things to share.  The Teen Reads area had a pretty quiet fall (with great circulation of reading materials and new titles coming in in person and online), Mockingjay 2 came out AND Star Wars (yet to see either) and the New Year dawns soon.

In honor of all those great Young Adult books that get made into movies – some good, some bad, some awful, some amazing – SPL is hosting a movie night and two book2movie rumbles (A book2movie rumble is a loose gathering of interested parties; interested because they like the book, they like movies, they like to write, they like to go to movies, they have a better idea when it comes to taking this book from page to screen…).  Thursday, January 28th, 6:30 pm we’ll be screening the movie based on ‘Me, Earl and the Dying Girl‘. Copies of the book will be available in the Teen Reads area. The movie is rated PG-13.  You are waaaay to young to know about ‘Love Story’, but you read and saw John Green’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ perhaps.  The book is akin to that scenario but, in my opinion, less flashy, more humor and more realistic.  The movie is all that and more.  If you are a film buff I think you’ll like this one.  Guys would even like this one.

Two more Book2Movie Rumbles will be held in February and April this time with books that have been optioned for filming.  Hopefully, I will snag someone to talk about writing for the screen or you will learn about creating min-movies on your smart phone or we’ll just talk about all the great things that happen in books that don’t make it to the screen.  These two titles have not been chosen yet.  Do my work for me and suggest a book that has been optioned and it will be considered for the Rumble.

Oh, by the way, The 5th Wave, Rick Yancy’s amazing dystopian novel, will be released as a movie in January of 2016.

The movie...

The movie…

Whew….

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I knew when the book came in…had just heard a review of the independent film…and wanted the book on our shelves.  Now I have to wait to get my copy because it is always out.  AND…I watched the movie BEFORE I read the book.  S’kay, though.  I am going to highly recommend the book and the movie.  Yes, it’s cancer, it’s the ‘outsiders’ at school, it’s homemade film-making (the characters do this, not the movie makers), it’s weird but loving parents. So many nuances make this a worthy film to watch.  Read the book? I think you should.  The movie is hilarious in spots with an underlying emotionality that blew me away at the end of story.  Meet Greg, Earl and Rachael. Yes, they are the Me and Earl and the Dying Girl of book fame. Now available at your local library.

PostScript: Loved the book, too. Running dialogue of Greg’s mind, his movie camera look at his world all make for hearing the voices of characters and feeling the angst, confusion and unknown ‘me-ness’ of Greg, Earl, Rachel, Madison, the entire menu of book people.  The book is significantly different in surface ways but still carries as does the movie, the intention of discovery of self and how much we will NEVER know about another person.

The movie...

The movie…

The book cover, HC.

The book cover, HC.