Friday, August 28, 2009

YA Movie News

Mortal Instruments author Cassandra Clare recently visited with fans in Bryant Park. She mentioned that the film rights for the series have been sold and a movie is in the works. Not related to a movie, but she's also working on a fourth book in the series, City of Fallen Angels, this time told from Simon's point of view. The book will be out March 2011.

First James Frey and a co-writer sell a young adult series to Harper Collins. Now that un-published series has a movie in the works with screenwriters attached and maybe even Michael Bay as the director. The story sounds like Roswell High, which was one of my favorite series in high school, so I might give it a try. Now why can't we get our favorite published books made into movies?

Here's the trailer for Youth In Revolt based on the novel by C.D. Payne. This is an older YA book (it was released in 1995) and the reviews were bad (check out the Amazon link), so I'm a little surprised to see it making it's way to the big screen. Hollywood doesn't make a lot of sense sometimes.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Want It Wednesday

Release Date: 9/1/09

About the Book: Daughters of the Sea tells the story of 3 mermaid sisters who are separated at birth by a storm and go on to lead very different lives. Book 1 is about Hannah, who spent her early days at an orphanage and is now a scullery maid in the house of rich, powerful family. She is irresistibly drawn to the sea and through a series of accidents and encounters discovers her true identity. Hannah realizes that she must keep the truth a secret but she also knows that soon she will have to make the choice-to be a creature of the land or the sea.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Mermaid stories seem to be rising in popularity, and this one sounds like it has some mystery in it, which I'm always up for. Plus, it's the start to a series!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

As Requested-My Children's Lit Reading List-SUPER LONG!!!

A few people asked me to share my reading list for my children's lit course. Here it is-but be warned, it's SUPER long!!! And of course, feel free to read along with me :)

TEXTBOOKS:
Tunnell, Michael O. and James S. Jacobs. 2008. Children’s Literature Briefly, 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. ISBN 978-0-13-173490-6.

Bucher, Katherine and Kaavonia Hinton. 2010. Young Adult Literature: Exploration, Evaluation, and Appreciation, 2nd ed. Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. ISBN 978-0-13-714532-4

GETTING STARTED—August 27-30:
No outside reading

MODULE 1: INTRODUCTION TO CHILDREN’S LITERATURE—August 31- September 6

Books adults like that are not necessarily good books—Read at least 2:
Bowen, Anne I LOVED YOU BEFORE YOU WERE BORN
Crystal, Billy I ALREADY KNOW I LOVE YOU
Brown, Margaret Wise RUNAWAY BUNNY
Munsch, Robert LOVE YOUR FOREVER
Silverstein, Shel THE GIVING TREE
Tillman, Nancy I ALREADY KNOW I LOVE YOU

Books about reading—Read at least 1:
Auch, Mary Jane THE PLOT THICKENS
Crimi, Carolyn HENRY AND THE BUCCANEER BUNNIES
Garland, Michael MISS SMITH’S INCREDIBLE STORY BOOK
Lies, Brian. BATS AT THE LIBRARY
O’Malley, Kevin ONCE UPON A COOK MOTORCYCLE DUDE

MODULE 2: CLASSIC CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE— September 7-13

Classic picture books and authors—CHOOSE at least 5 (only one book per author):
Barrett, Judi and Ron. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
Bemelmans, Ludwig. MADELEINE or MADELEINE’S RESCUE
Brown, Margaret Wise. GOOD NIGHT MOON or THE IMPORTANT BOOK or THE
DEAD BIRD or THE BIG RED BARN
Cooney, Barbara. Miss Rumphius
Gag, Wanda. MILLIONS OF CATS
Hoban, Russell. BREAD AND JAM FOR FRANCES
Johnson, Crockett. HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON
Keats, Ezra Jack. THE SNOW DAY or PETER’S CHAIR
Leaf, Munro. THE STORY OF FERDINAND
Lionni, Leo. SWIMMY
Lobel, Arnold. ANY FROG AND TOAD BOOK or OWL AT HOME or MOUSE
TALES or MOUSE SOUP
Marshall, James. GEORGE AND MARTHA (any one of the books)
Mayer, Mercer. A BOY, A DOG, AND A FROG
McCloskey, Robert. MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS or BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL
Minarik, Else. LITTLE BEAR or LITTLE BEAR’S VISIT
Sendak, Maurice. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE or IN THE NIGHT KITCHEN
Slobodkina, Esphyr. CAPS FOR SALE.
Seuss, Dr. AND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREE or THE CAT
IN THE HAT or GREEN EGGS AND HAM or MCELLIGOT’S POOL
Steig, William. SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE
Zolotow, Charlotte. MR. RABBIT AND THE LOVELY PRESENT or THE STORM
BOOK or WILLIAMS DOLL

Note some of these are Caldecott winners and cannot be used for both this module and Module 3.

Classic chapter books and authors—CHOOSE at least 2--choose ones that you are not familiar with rather than old favorites):
Alcott, Louisa May. LITTLE WOMEN or LITTLE MEN or JACK AND JILL
Alexander, Lloyd. THE BOOK OF THREE
Atwater, Richard and Florence. MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS
Blume, Judy. ARE YOU THERE, GOD, IT’S ME, MARGARET or TALES OF A
FOURTH GRADE NOTHING
Burnett, Frances Hodgson. THE SECRET GARDEN
Cleary, Beverly. ANY RAMONA BOOK
Estes, Eleanor. THE MIDDLE MOFFAT or RUFAS M. or THE HUNDRED DRESSES
Fitzhugh, Louise. HARRIET THE SPY
Gates, Doris. BLUE WILLOW
Gipson, Fred. OLD YELLER
Grahame, Kenneth. THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
Henry, Margguerite. JUSTIN MORGAN HAD A HORSE or MISTY OF CHINCOTEAGUE
Hinton, S.E. THE OUTSIDERS
Holman, Felice. SLAKE’S LIMBO
Kingsley, Charles. THE WATER BABIES
Lewis, C.S. THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE
Milne, A.A. WINNIE THE POOH or HOUSE AT POOH CORNER
Montgomery, Lucy Maud. ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
Rowling, J.K. HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE
Seredy, Kate. THE GOOD MASTER
Uchida, Yoshiko. JOURNEY TO TOPAZ
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. ON THE BANKS OF PLUM CREEK or BY THE SHORES OF SILVER LAKE or THE LONG WINTER OR LITTLE TOWN ON THE PRAIRIE

MODULE 3: CALDECOTT, CORETTA SCOTT KING, AND PURA BELPRE WINNERS—September 14-20

Note: Some of the Caldecott books are also listed in Module 2. You must read different books than what you read last module.

Caldecott Winners 1938-1989—Read at least10 of these books:
1939: Handforth, Thomas. MEI LI
1943: Burton, Virginia Lee. THE LITTLE HOUSE
1944: Thurber, James. MANY MOONS
1949: Hader, Bertha and Elmer. THE BIG SNOW
1950: Politi, Leo. SONG OF THE SWALLOWS
1951: Milhous, Katherine. THE EGG TREE.
1953: Ward, Lynn. THE BIGGEST BEAR.
1955: Perrault, Charles (ill. by Marcia Brown). CINDERELLA AND THE GLASS
SLIPPER
1957. May, Janice. A TREE IS NICE
1958. McCloskey, Robert. TIME OF WONDER
1959. Chaucer (adapted and ill. by Barbara Cooney). CHANTICLEER AND THE FOX
1961. Robbins, Ruth. BABOUSHKA AND THE THREE KINGS
1962: Brown, Marcia. ONCE A MOUSE
1965: de Regniers, Beatrice Schenk. MAY I BRING A FRIEND
1968: Emberly, Barbara. DRUMMER HOFF
1970: Steig, William. SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE
1972. Hogrogian, Nonny. ONE FINE DAY
1975. McDermott, Gerald. ARROW TO THE SUN
1976. Aardema, Verna. WHO MOSQUTOS BUZZ IN PEOPLES EARS
1977. Musgrove, Mararet. ASHANIT TO ZULU: AFRICAN TRADITIONS
1978. Spier, Peter. NOAH’S ARK.
1979. Goble, Paul. THE GIRL WHO LOVED WILD HORSES
1980. Hall, Donald. OX-CART MAN
1982: Van Allsburg, Chris. JUMANJI
1984. Provensen, Alice and Martin. THE GLORIOUS FLIGHT: ACROSS THE
CHANNEL WITH LOUIS BIERIOT
1985. Hodges, Margaret. SAINT GEORGE AND THE DRAGON
1987: Yorinks, Arthur. HEY, AL
1988. Yolen, Jane. OWL MOON
1989. Ackerman, Karen. SONG AND DANCE MAN.

Read at least 5 of the Caldecott Winners 1990-2009:
2009. Swanson, Susan Marie. THE HOUSE IN THE NIGHT
2008. Selznick, Brian. THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET
2007: Wiesner, David. FLOTSAM
2006: Juster, Norton. THE HELLO, GOOD-BYE WINDOW
2005: Henkes, Kevin. KITTEN’S FIRST FULL MOON
2004: Gerstein, Mordecai THE MAN WHO WALKED BETWEEN THE TOWERS
2003: Rohman, Eric. MY FRIEND RABBIT
2002: Wiesner, David. THE THREE PIGS
2001: St. George, Judith. SO YOU WANT TO BE PRESIDENT
2000: Tabak, Simms. JOSEPH HAD A LITTLE OVERCOAT
1999: Martin, Jacqueline Briggs. SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY
1998: Zelinsky, Paul O. RAPUNZEL
1997: Wisneiwski, David GOLEM
1996: Rathman, Peggy. OFFICER BUCKLE AND GLORIA
1995: Bunting, Eve. SMOKY NIGHT
1994: Say, Allen. GRANDFATHER’S JOURNEY
1993: McCully, Emily Arnold. MIRETTE ON THE HIGH WIRE
1992: Wiesner, David. TUESDAY
1991: Macauley, David. BLACK AND WHITE
1990: Young, Ed. LON PO PO: A RED-RIDING HOOD STORY FROM CHINA

Read at least 2 Coretta Scott King winners:
Bryan, Ashley. LET IT SHINE
Curtis, Christopher Paul. BUD, NOT BUDDY
Draper, Sharon. FORGED BY FIRE
Grimes, Nikki. TALKIN’ ABOUT BESSIE: THE STORY OF AVIATOR ELIZABETH COLEMAN
McKissack, Patricia. GOIN’ SOMEPLACE SPECIAL
Morrison, Toni. REMEMBER: THE JOURNEY TO SCHOOL INTEGRATION
Myers, Christopher. JAZZ
Nelson, Kadir. WE ARE THE SHIP
Shange, Ntozake. ELLINGTON WAS NOT A STREET
Taylor, Mildred. THE LAND
Thomas, Joyce Carol. THE BLACKER THE BERRY
Weatherford, Carole Boston. MOSES: WHEN HARRIET TUBMAN LED HER PEOPLE TO FREEDOM
Woodson, Jacqueline. MIRACLE’S BOYS

Read at least one Pura Belpre Award Winner:
Ada, Alma Flor. UNER THE ROYAL PALMS: A CHILDHOOD IN CUBA
Alvarez, Julia. BEFORE WE WERE FREE
Canales, Viola. THE TEQUILA WORM
Cofer, Judith. AN ISLAND LIKE YOU: STORIES OF THE BARRIO
Engle, Margarita. THE POET SLAVE OF CUBA: A BIOGRAPHY OF JUAN FRANCISCO MANZANO
Garza, Carmen Lomas. MAGIC WINDOWS
Guevara, Susan. CHATO’S KITCHEN OR CHATO AND THE PARTY ANIMALS
Martinez, Victor. PARROT IN THE OVEN: MI VIDA
Montes, Marisa. LOS GATOS BLACK ON HALLOWEEN
Ryan, Pam Munoz. ESPERANZA RISING
Soto, Gary. SNAPSHOTS FROM THE WEDDING

MODULE 4: NEWBERY AND PRINTZ AWARRD WINNERS—September 21-27

Newbery Winners:
Read 2 books that won from 1922-1950:
1922: vanLoon, Hendrick Willem. THE STORY OF MANKIND
1923: Lofting, Hugh. THE VOYAGES OF DR. DOOLITTLE
1924: Hawes, Charles. THE DARK FRIGATE
1925: Finger, Charles. TALES FROM SILVER LANDS
1926: Chrisman, Arthur Bowie. SHEN OF THE SEA
1927: James, Will. SMOKY, THE COWHORSE
1928: Muderji, Dhan Gopal. GAY NECK, THE STORY OF A PIGEON
1929: Kelly, Eric P. THE TRUMPETER OF KRAKOW
1930: Field, Rachel. HITTY, HER FIRST HUNDRED YEARS
1931: Coatsworth, Elizabeth. THE CAT WHO WENT TO HEAVEN
1932: Adams, Laura. WATERLESS MOUNTAIN
1933: Lewis, Elizabeth. YU FU OF THE UPPER YANGTZE
1934: Meigs, Cornelia. INVINCIBLE LOUISA: THE STORY OF THE AUTHOR OF LITTLE WOMEN
1935: Shannon, Monica. DOBRY
1936: Brink, Carlo Ryrie. CADDIE WOODLAWN
1937: Sawyer, Ruth. ROLLER SKATES
1938: Seredy, Kate. THE WHITE STAG
1939: Enright, Elizabeth. THIMBLE SUMMER
1940: Daugherty, James. DANIEL BOONE
1941: Sperry, Armstrong. CALL IT COURAGE
1942: Edmonds, Walter. THE MATCHLOCK GUN
1943: Gray, Elizabeth Janet. ADAM OF THE ROAD
1944: Forbes, Esther. JOHNNY TREMAIN
1945: Lawson, Robert. RABBIT HILL
1946: Lenski, Lois. STRAWBERRY GIRL
1947: Bailey, Carolyn Sherwin. MISS HICKORY
1948: du Bois, William Pene. THE TWENTY-ONE BALLOONS
1949: Henry, Marguerite. KING OF THE WIND
1950: de Angeli, Marguerite. THE DOOR IN THE WALL

Read at least one book (but 2 is bette)r that won the Newbery 1951-1975:
1951: Yates, Elizabeth. AMOS FORTUNE, FREE MAN
1952: Estes, Eleanor. GINGER PYE
1953: Nolan, Ann. SECRET OF THE ANDES
1954: Krumgold, Joseph. AND NOW MIGUEL
1955: DeJong, Meindert. THE WHEEL ON THE SCHOOL
1956: Latham, Jean Lee. CARRY ON, MR. BOWDITCH
1957: Sorenson, Virginia. MIRACLES ON MAPLE HILL
1958: Keith, Harold. RIFLES FOR WATIE
1959: Speare, Elizabeth George. THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND
1960: Krumgold, Joseph. ONION JOHN
1961: O’Dell, Scott. ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS
1962: Speare, Elizabeth George. THE BRONZE BOW
1963: L’Engle, Madeleine. A WRINKLE IN TIME
1964: Neville, Emily. IT’S LIKE THIS, CAT
1965: Wojciekchowska, Maia. SHADOW OF A BULL
1966: de Trevino, Elizabeth Burton. I, JUAN DE PAREJA
1967: Hunt, Irene. UP A ROAD SLOWLY
1968: Konigsburg, Elizabeth. FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER
1969: Alexander, Lloyd. THE HIGH KING
1970: Armstrong, William. SOUNDER
1971: Byars, Betsy. SUMMER OF THE SWANS
1972: O’Brien, Robert C. MRS. FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH
1973: George, Jean Craighead. JULIE OF THE WOLVES
1974: Fox, Paula. THE SLAVE DANCER
1975: Hamilton, Virginia. M.C. HIGGINS THE GREAT

Read at least 2 books from 1976-2009 –PLEASE CHOOSE BOOKS YOU HAVE NEVER READ:
1976: Cooper, Susan. THE GREY KING
1977: Taylor, Mildred. ROLL OF THUNDER HEAR MY CRY
1978: Paterson, Katherine. BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA
1979: Raskin, Ellen. THE WESTING GAME
1980: Blos, Joan W. A GATHERING OF DAYS
1981: Paterson, Katherine. JACOB HAVE I LOVED
1982: Willard, Nancy. A VISIT TO WILLIAM BLAKE’S INN
1983:Voigt, Cynthia. DICEY’S SONG
1984: Cleary, Beverly. DEAR MR. HENSHAW
1985: McKinley, Robin. THE HERO AND THE CROWN
1986: MacLachlan, Patricia. SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL
1987: Fleischman, Sid. THE WHIPPING BOY
1988: Freedman, Russell. LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY
1989: Fleischman, Paul. JOYFUL NOISE: POEMS FOR TWO VOICES
1990: Lowry, Lois. NUMBER THE STARS
1991: Spinelli, Jerry. MANIAC MAGEE
1992: Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. SHILOH
1993: Rylant, Cynthia. MISSING MAY
1994: Lowry, Lois. THE GIVER
1995: Creech, Sharon. WALK TWO MOONS
1996: Cushman, Karen. THE MIDWIFE’S APPRENTICE
1997: Konigsburg, E.L. A VIEW FROM SATURDAY
1998: Hesse, Karen. OUT OF THE DUST
1999: Sachar, Louis. HOLES
2000: Curtis, Christopher Paul. BUD, NOT BUDDY (cannot use if read in Module 3)
2001: Peck, Richard. A YEAR DOWN YONDER
2002: Park, Linda Sue. A SINGLE SHARD
2003: Avi. CRISPIN CROSS OF LEAD
2004: DiCamillo, Kate. THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX
2005: Kadohata, Cynthia. KIRA-KIRA
2006: Perkins, Lynn Rae. CRISS CROSS
2007: Patron, Susan. THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY
2008: Schlitz, Laura Amy. GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES! VOICES FROM A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE
2009. Gaiman, Neil. THE GRAVE YARD BOOK

Read 1 of the Michael Printz Award winners young adult literature:
2000: Myers, Walter Dean. MONSTER
2001: Almond, David. KIT’S WILDERNESS
2002: An Na A STEP FROM HEAVEN
2003: Chambers, Aidan. POSTCARDS FROM NO MAN’S LAND
2004: Johnson, Angela. THE FIRST PART LAST
2005: Rosoff, Meg HOW I LIVE NOW
2006: Green, John. LOOKING FOR ALASKA
2007: Yang, Gene Luen AMERICAN BORN CHINESE (a graphic novel; also for module 13—cannot read for both modules)
2008: McCaughrean, Geraldine. THE WHITE DARKNESS
2009: Marchetta, Melina. JELLICOE ROAD

MODULE 5: PICTURE BOOKS—September 28-October 4

Picture Books for Younger Readers—read at least 5 (only one per author):
Anno. ANNO’S COUNTING BOOK or ANNO’S USA
Carle, Eric. VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR or VERY BUSY SPIDER
Cronin, Doreen. CLICK CLACK MOO, COWS THAT TYPE or DUCK FOR PRESIDENT or DOOBY DOOBY MOO or DIARY OF A WORM or DIARY OF A SPIDER or DIARY OF A FLY
DePaola, Tomie. STREGA NONA or NANA UPSTAIRS AND NANA DOWNSTAIRS
Dewdney, Anna. LLAMA LLAMA RED PAJAMA or LLAMA LLAMA MAD AT
MOMMA or LLAMA LLAMA MISSES MAMA
Henkes, Kevin. JULIUS, BABY OF THE WORLD or OLD BEAR or LILY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE
Hoban, Tana. PUSH PULL EMPTY FULL
Fox, Mem. KOALA LOU or WHERE IS THE GREEN SHEEP
Grey, Mim. TRACTION MANY IS HERE
Jeffers, Oliver. LOST AND FOUND
Martin, Bill. GHOST EYE TREE or CHICKA CHICKA BOOM BOOM
Portis, Antoinette. NOT A BOX
Rosenthal, Amy Krause. LITTLE PEA
Rylant, Cynthia. THE RELATIVES CAME or WHEN I WAS YOUNG IN THE
MOUNTAINS
Salley, Coleen. EPOSSUMONDAS
Schachner, Judy. SKIPPYJON JONES
Shannon, David. NO, DAVID! Or OH, DAVID! Or DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE
Stevens, Janet and Susan Stevens Crummel. THE GREAT FUZZ FRENZY or THE
DISH RAN AWAY WITH THE SP00N
Watt, Melanie. SCAREDY SQUIRREL
Wells, Rosemary. YOKO or ANY OF THE MAX AND RUBY BOOKS
Willems, Mo. ANY PIGEON BOOK or KNUFFLE BUNNY or KNUFFLE BUNNY
TOO
Yaccarino, Dan. EVERY FRIDAY

Picture Books for Older Readers—read at least 5 (only one per author):
Asch, Frank and Devin Asch MR. MAXWELL’S MOUSE
Bunting, Eve. SMOKY NIGHT
Cannon, Janell PINDULI or VERDI
Greene, Brian. ICARUS AT THE EDGE OF TIME
Hicks, Barbara Jean. THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER KITTY
Miller, William. NIGHT GOLF
Polacco, Patricia. MR. LINCOLN’S WAY
Riggs, Shannon NOT IN ROOM 2004
San Souci, Daniel SPACE STATION MARS
San Souci, Robert. TALKING EGGS or CINDERELLA SKELETON
Schaefer, Lola ARROWHAWK
Scieszka, Jon. THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS or THE STINKY CHEESE MAN or SQUIDS WILL BE SQUIDS or COWBOY AND OCTOPUS
Shannon, David. A BAD CASE OF STRIPES
Teague, Mark DEAR MRS. LARUE: LETTERS FROM OBEDIENCE SCHOOL
Van Allsburgh, Chris. THE GARDEN OF ABDUL GASAZI or THE STRANGER or
THE WRECK OF THE ZEPHYR

MODULE 6: REALISTIC FICTION (YOUNGER READERS)—October 5-11
Read at least 4 books from the list. Please read books that you have not read or taught; read a variety of authors.
Elementary:
Barrows, Annie. IVY + BEAN or THE MAGIC HALF
Clements, Andrew. FRINDLE or A SCHOOL STORY or LUNCH MONEY
Cabot, Meg. ALLIE FINKLE’S RULES FOR GIRLS (ANY OF THE SERIES)
DiCamillo, Kate. BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE
Gantos, Jack. JOEY PIGZA SWALLOWED THE KEY
Gifford, Peggy. MOXIE MAXWELL DOES NOT LOVE STUART LITTLE or MOXIE MAXWELL DOES NOT LOVE WRITING THANK YOU NOTES
Gilson, Jamie. GOTCHA! Or 4B GOES WILD or THIRTEEN WAYS TO SINK A SUB
Gutman, Dan. THE HOMEWORK MACHINE or BABE AND ME or THE MILLION DOLLAR KICK
Holt, Kimberly Willis. PIPER REED, NAVY BRAT or MISTER AND ME
Look, Lenore. ALVIN HO: ALLERGIC TO GIRLS, SCHOOL AND OTHER SCARY THINGS
Martin, Ann. A DOG’S LIFE: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A STRAY
Paulsen, Gary. HATCHET or BRIAN’S WINTER or HARRIS AND ME
Pennypacker, Sara. CLEMENTINE
Sachar, Louis. THERE’S A BOY IN THE GIRLS’ BATHROOM
Tarshis, Lauren. EMMA-JANE LAZARUS FELL OUT OF A TREE

MODULE 7: REALISTIC FICTION (YOUNG ADULTS)—October 12-18

Read 2 books from the middle school list AND 2 books from the high school list

Middle School:
Birdsall, Jeanne. THE PENDERWICKS or THE PENDERWICKS ON GARDAM STREET
Bloor, Edward. TANGERINE.
Creech, Sharon. RUBY HOLLER
Henkes, Kevin. OLIVE’S OCEAN
Hiassen, Carl. HOOT or FLUSH or SCAT
Holt, Kimberly Willis. MY LOUISIANA SKY
Kehret, Peg. ABDUCTION or ESCAPING THE GIANT WAVE
Konigsburg, E.L. THE OUTCASTS OF 19 SCHUYLER PLACE
Korman, Gordon. NO MORE DEAD DOGS
Spinelli, Jerry. STARGIRL or LOSER.
Tolan, Stephanie. SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES

High School:
Abdel-Fattah, Randa. DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS
Anderson, Laura Halse. SPEAK or WINTERGIRLS
An Na. A STEP FROM HEAVEN or THE FOLD or WAIT FOR ME
Bauer, Joan. HOPE WAS HERE or PEELED or RULES OF THE ROAD
Brashears, Ann. THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS
Crutcher, Chris. DEADLINE or THE SLEDDING HILL or WHALE TALK or
STAYING FAT FOR SARAH BYRNES
Dessen, Sharon. JUST LISTEN or LOCK AND KEY or THE TRUTH ABOUT
FOREVER
Forman, Gayle. IF I STAY
Going, K.L. FAT KID RULES THE WORLD
Green, John. AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES or
PAPER TOWNS
Korman, Gordon SON OF THE MOB or SON OF THE MOB HOLLYWOOD
HUSTLE
Lupica, Mike. TRAVEL TEAM
Lyga, Barry THE ASTONISHING ADVENTURES OF FANBOY AND GOTH
GIRL or BOYTOY or HERO-TYPE
Mackler, Carolyn. THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS
Myers, William Dean. MONSTER


MODULE 8: FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION—October 19-25

Fantasy--Choose 2 books—one from each age area.
Upper Elementary/Middle School:
Armstrong, Alan. WHITTINGTON
Collins, Suzanne. GREGOR THE OVERLANDER
Dahl, Roald. JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
DiCamillo, Kate. THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX or THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE
Funke, Cornelia. INKHEART or DRAGON RIDER
Hale, Shannon. GOOSE GIRL or BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS or PRINCESS
ACADEMY
Jacques, Brian REDWALL
Juster, Norton. THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH
Law, Ingrid. SAVVY
Marsh, Katherine. THE NIGHT TOURIST
Oppel, Kenneth. AIRBORN
Pullman, Phillip. THE GOLDEN COMPASS
Riordan, Rick. THE LIGHTNING THIEF
Sanderson, Brandon. ALCATRAZ VS. THE EVIL LIBRARIANS
Wrede, Patricia. THE THIRTEENTH CHILD


High School:
Black, Holly. TITHE or VALIANT
Cashore, Kristin. GRACELING
Colfer, Eion. ARTEMIS FOWL—ANY BOOK
Collins, Susan. THE HUNGER GAMES
Farmer, Nancy. THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION
LeGuin, Ursula. GIFTS
Myers, Stephanie. TWILIGHT
Paolini, Christopher. ERAGON
Pearson, Mary E. THE ADORATON OF JENNA FOX
Stroud, Jonathon. THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND
Werlin, Nancy. IMPOSSIBLE
Wynn-Jones, Diana HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE or ONE OF THE
DALEMARK SERIES

Science Fiction—Choose 2 book.
Anderson, M.T. FEED or WHALES ON STILTS or THE CLUE OF THE LINOLEUM
LEDERHOSEN
Card, Orson Scott. ENDER’S GAME
Collins, Suzanne. THE HUNGER GAMES
Doctorow, Cory. LITTLE BROTHER
DuPrau, Jeanne. THE CITY OF EMBER
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. AMONG THE HIDDEN
Lombardi, Tom. MY SUMMER ON EARTH
Patterson, James. MAXIMUM RIDE: THE ANGEL EXPERIMENT
Plum Ucci, Carol. STREAMS OF BABYLON
Pfeffer, Susan Beth LIFE AS WE KNEW IT or THE DEAD AND THE GONE
Shusterman, Neil. UNWIND
Westerfield, Scott. UGLIES or PRETTIES or SPECIALS or UGLIES
White, Andrea SURVIVING ANTARTICA REALITY TV 2083

MODULE 9: MYSTERY—October 26-November 1

Choose 2 mystery books from each of the age groups (if at all possible, do not read all books by the same author):

Elementary:
Adler, David. ANY OF THE CAM JAMSEN MYSTERIES
Biedrzycki, David. ACE LACEWING: BUG DETECTIVE
Clements, Andrew. ROOM 1: A MYSTERY OR TWO
Cushman, Doug. MYSTERY AT THE CLUB SANDWICH
Gutman, Dan. THE EDISON MYSTERY
Hale, Bruce. ANY OF THE CHET GECKO MYSTERIES
Wallace, Barbara Brooks. SPARROWS IN THE SCULLERY

Middle School:
Abbott, Tony. THE POSTCARD
Balliett, Blue. CHASING VERMMER or THE WRIGHT 3 or THE CALDER
GAME
Burns, Laura and Melinda Mertz. ANY OF THE WRIGHT AND WONG MYSTERIES
Farriola, Jack THE BIG SPLASH
Hautman, Peter and Mary Logue. THE BLOODWATER MYSTERIES: SNATCHED or SKULLDUGGERY or DOPPELGANGER
Nixon, Joan Lowery. NIGHTMARE or THE S√ČANCE or THE KIDNAPPING OF
CHRISTINAL LATTIMORE or THE STALKER
Roberts, Willo Davis. TWISTED SUMMER or HOSTAGE or SCARED STIFF or THE KIDNAPPERS
Seabrooke, Brenda. CEMETERY STREET
Skurzynski, Gloria and Alane Ferguson. ANY OF THE MYSTERIES IN OUR NATIONAL PARKS
Smith, D. James. THE BOYS OF SAN JOAQUIN
Springer, Nancy. ANY OF THE ENOLA HOLMES BOOKS
Van Draanen, Wendelin. ANY OF THE SAMMY KEYS BOOKS

High School:
Abrahams, Peter BEHIND THE CURTAIN or DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE or REALITY CHECK
Avi. WOLF RIDER
Blundell, Judy. WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED
Dowd, Siobhan. THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY
Ferguson, Alene. ANY OF THE FORENSIC MYSTERIES
Giles, Gail. SHATTERING GLASS or RIGHT BEHIND YOU or DEAD GIRLS DON’T
WRITE LETTERS or WHAT HAPPENED TO CASS MCBRIDE
McDonald, Margot. TORN TO PIECES
McNamee, Graham. ACCELERATION
Plum-Ucci, Carol. THE NIGHT MY SISTER WENT MISSING or THE BODY OF
CHRISTOPHER CREED
Pullman, Philip. ANY OF THE SALLY LOCKHART MYSTERIES
Qualey, Marsha CLOSE TO A KILLER or THIN ICE
Werlin, Nancy DOUBLE HELIX or THE KILLER’S COUSIN

MODULE 10: HISTORICAL FICTION—November 2-8

Read at least 5 picture book historical fiction:
Picture Books:
Bildner, Phil SHOELESS JOE AND BLACK BETSY
Borden, Louise THE GREATEST SKATING RACE or FLY HIGH! THE STORY OF BESSIE COLEMAN
Fleming, Candace BOXES FOR KATJE
Fritz, Jean LEONARDO’S HORSE
Hopkinson, Deborah. A BAND OF ANGELS
Innocneti, R. and Gallaz, C. ROSE BLANCHE
Polacco, Patrical. PINK AND SAY or THE BUTTERFLY
Ryan, Pam Munoz. AMELIA AND ELEANOR GO FOR A RIDE
Sis, Peter. STARRY MESSENGER or THE WALL
Woodson, Jacqueline. SHOW WAY

Read at least 3 historical fiction books for middle or high school:
Anderson, Laurie Halse FEVER 1793 or CHAINS
Anderson, M.T. EITHER OCTAVIAN NOTHING BOOK
Choldenko, Gennifer AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS
Curtis, Christopher Paul ELIJAH OF BUXTON
Donnelly, Jennifer. A NORTHERN LIGHT
Draper, Sharon COPPER SUN or FIRE FROM THE ROCK
Holm, Jennifer. PENNY FROM HEAVEN
Kerley, Barbara. GREETINGS FROM PLANET EARTH
Larson, Kirby. HATTIE BIG SKY
Lester, Julius. DAY OF TEARS
Park, Linda Sue. KEEPING SCORE
Peck, Richard A RIVER BETWEEN US, HERE LIES THE LIBRARIAN, or
THE TEACHER’S FUNERAL or A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO
Schmidt, Gary. THE WEDNESDAY WARS or LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE BUCKMINSTER BOY or TROUBLE
Yolen, Jane. THE DEVIL’S ARITHMETIC
Zusak, Markus. THE BOOK THIEF


MODULE 11: INFORMATIONAL BOOKS—November 9-15

Read at least 5 informational picture books from the following list:
PICTURE BOOKS:
Adkins, Jan WHAT IF YOU MET A PIRATE
Aston, Dianna AN EGG IS QUIET
Baretta, Gene NOW AND BEN: THE MODERN INVENTIONS OF BENJAMIN
FRANKLIN
Bergen, David LIFE-SIZE DINOSAURS
Chandra, Deborah GEORGE WASHINGTON’S TEETH
Collard, Sneed B. SHEP: OUR MOST LOYAL DOG
Eubank, Patti Reeder SEAMAN’S JOURNEY: ON THE TRAIL WITH LEWIS AND
CLARK
Hatkoff, Isabella et al OWEN AND MZEE
Jenkins, Steve ACTUAL SIZE or LIVING COLOR or PREHISTORIC ACTUAL
SIZE or WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A TAIL LIKE THIS
Kerley, Barbara THE DINOSAURS OF WATERHOUSE HAWKINS
Krull, Kathleen HARVESTING HOPE
Mannis, Celeste JULIA MORGAN BUILT A CASTLE
McCarthy, Megan THE ALIENS ARE COMING: THE TRUE ACCOUNT OF THE
1938 WAR OF THE WORLD RADIO BROADCASTS
Mochzuki, Ken. BASEBALL SAVED US
O’Brien, Patrick MEGATOOTH
Peters, Lisa Westberg OUR FAMILY TREE: AN EVOLUTION STORY
Tryszynska-Frederich, Luba LUBA: THE ANGEL OF BERGEN-BELSEN

Read at least 2 informational books from the following list:
Armstrong, Jennifer. SHIPWRECK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD
Aronson, Marc. RACE or WITCH HUNT or EAR IS…. Or ART ATTACK
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell HITLER YOUTH: GROWING UP IN HITLER’S SHADOW or BLACK POTATOES
Blumenthal, Karen. LET ME PLAY: THE STORY OF TITLE IX
Deem, James. BODIES FROM THE ASH: LIFE AND DEATH IN ANCIENT POMPEI
Freedman, Russell CHILDREN OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION or WHO WAS FIRST
Heiligman, Deborah. CHARLES AND EMMA: THE DARWINS LEAP OF FAITH
Hopkinson, Deborah. UP BEFORE DAYBREAK: COTTON AND PEOPLE IN
AMERICA
Montgomery, Sy. THE TARANTULA SCIENTIST
Murphy, Jim. THE BOYS WAR or AN AMERICAN PLAGUE or BLIZZARD or THE
GREAT FIRE
National Geographic. NEVERMORE: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY OF EDGAR ALLEN POE
Partridge, Elizabeth. JOHN LENNON: ALL I WANT IS THE TRUTH
Sayre, Henry CAVE PAINTINGS TO PICASSO
Sloan, Christopher BURY THE DEAD: TOMBS, CORPSES, MUMMIES,
SKELETONS, AND RITUALS
Stone, Tanya Lee. ALMOST ASTRONAUTS: 13 WOMEN WHO DARED


MODULE 12: BIOGRAPHY AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY—November 16-22

Read at least 5 picture book biographies.
Adler, David. AMERICA’S CHAMPION SWIMMER: GERTRUDE ENDERLE
Brown, Don. ODD BOY OUT: YOUNG ALBERT EINSTEIN
Bryan, Ashley. ASHLEY BRYAN: WORDS TO MY LIFE SONG
Caplaldi, Gina. A BOY NAMED BECKONING
Freedman, Russell. CONFUCIOUS: GOLDEN RULE
Giovanni, Nikki. ROSA
Golenbock, Peter. HANK AARON: BRAVE IN EVERY WAY
Greenberg, Jan. ACTION JACKSON
Hopkinson, Deborah. HOME ON THE RANGE
Krull, Kathleen. THE BOY ON FAIRFIELD STREET or HARVESTING HOPE or THE
ROAD TO OZ
Lasky, Kathryn. ONE BEETLE TOO MANY:
Lester, Helen. AUTHOR: A TRUE STORY
McCarthy, Meghan. STRONG MAN: THE STORY OF CHARLES ATLAS
McCully, Emily Arnold. MANJIRO: THE BOY WHO RISKED HIS LIFE FOR TWO
COUNTRIES
Orgill, Roxanne. IF I ONLY HAD A HORN: YOUNG LOUIS ARMSTRONG
Pinkney, Andrea. BILL PICKINS: RODEO-RIDIN’ COWBOY or DUKE ELLINGTON
Rappaport, Doreen. MARTIN’S BIG WORDS

Read at least 2 biographies/autobiographies for middle or high schoolers.
Bolden, Tanya. MARITCHA: A NINETEENTH CENTURE AMERICAN GIRL
Crutcher, Chris KING OF THE MILD FRONTIER: AN ILL- ADVISEDAUTOBIOGRAPHY
Fleischman, John. PHINEAS GAGE
Fleming, Candace. OUR ELEANOR
Fleischman, Sid.ESCAPE! THE STORY OF THE GREAT HOUDINI
Fleming, Candace. THE LINCOLN’S: A SCRAPBOOK LOOK AT ABRAHAM
AND MARY
Freedman, Russell. MARIAN ANDERSON: THE VOICE THAT CHALLENGED A NATION
Gantos, Jack. HOLE IN MY LIFE
Nelson, Scott Reynolds. AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A MAN—MY QUEST TO FIND THE
REAL JOHN HENRY
Paulsen, Gary HOW ANGEL PETERSON GOT HIS NAME
Runyon, Brent. THE BURN JOURNALS
Shields, Charles J. I AM SCOUT: A BIOGRAPHY OF HARPER LEE
Weatherford, Carole. BECOMING BILLY HOLIDAY
Zenatti, Valerie. WHEN I WAS A SOLDIER


MODULE 13: GRAPHIC NOVELS AND SERIES BOOKS—November 23-30

Read at least 3 of the following graphic novels:
Cammuso, Frank KNIGHTS OF THE LUNCH TABLE
Castelluci, Cecil THE PLAIN JANES
Craddock, Erik. PIRATE PALOOZA or BIG MAMBO
Delisle, Gary. PYONGYANG, A JOURNEY IN NORTH KOREA
Kibuishi, Kazu AMULET BOOK 1: THE STONEKEEPER and/or FLIGHT
EXPLORER VOLUME 1
Gownley, Jimmy AMELIA RULES (ANY VOLUME)
Holm, Jennifer and Matthew Holm ANY OF THE BABY MOUSE BOOKS
Jacobson, Sol and Ernie Colon. THE 9/11 REPORT: A GRAPHIC ADAPTATION
Labatt, Mary and Joe Rioux. ANY OF THE SAM AND FRIENDS MYSTERIES
Lynch, Jay OTTO’S ORANGE DAY
Martin, Ann ANY OF THE BABY SITTERS CLUB GRAPHIC NOVELS
Petrucha, Stefan ANY OF THE NANCY DREW GRAPHIC NOVELS
Smith, Jeff BONE: OUT FROM BONEVILLE or ANY OF THE BONE BOOKS
Spiegelman, Art MAUS (EITHER VOLUME
Spiegelman, Art and Francois Mouly ANY OF THE “LITTLE LIT” BOOKS
Steinberg, D.J. ANY OF THE DANIEL BOOK AKA LOUD BOY BOOKS
Trondheim, Lewis. KPAUT AND ZOSKY
Wheeler, Lisa SEADOGS: AN EPIC OCEAN OPERETTA
Wood, Don INTO THE VOLCANO
Yang, Gene Luen AMERICAN BORN CHINESE
You may also choose a Manga book of your own choosing—might be well worth it if working in high school.

Choose 2 series from the following list and read 2 books from these series or read 1each book from 4 of the series.
Goosebumps
Fear Street
Saddle Club
American Girl
Boxcar Children
Hank the Cowdog
Junie B. Jones
Magic Treehouse
Time Warp Trio
Dragon Slayer’s Academy
Cirque du Freak
Bloody Jack
Clique
A-List
Gossip Girls
Warriors

MODULE 14: POETRY AND STORY COLLECTIONS—December 1-6

Read at least 2 of the following poetry books:
Carlson, Lori COOL SALSA
Cyrus, Kurt HOTEL DEEP: LIGHT VERSE FROM DARK WATER
Dotlich, Rebecca CASTLES: OLD STONE POEMS
Florian, Doug. COMETS, STARS, THE MOON AND MARS or ANY OF HIS OTHER POETRY BOOKS
George, Kristine O’Connell FOLD ME A POEM
Hoberman, Mary Ann. THE LLAMA HAD NO PAJAMA or ANY OF HER OTHER
POETRY BOOKS
Janeczko, Paul A KICK IN THE HEAD or ANY OF HIS OTHER POETRY BOOKS
Katz, Alan TAKE ME OUT OF THE BATHTUB
Lansky, Bruce ROLLING IN THE AISLES: KIDS PICK THE FUNNIEST
POEMS
MacLachlan, Patricia ONCE I ATE A PIE
Mitchell, Stephen THE WISHING BONE AND OTHER POEMS
Myers, Walter Dean HERE IN HARLEM: POEMS IN MANY VOICES or JAZZ
Park, Linda Sue. DANCING ON THE ROOF
Prelutsky, Jack SCRANIMALS or ANY OF HIS OTHER BOOKS
Sidman, Joyce. THIS IS JUST TO SAY
Siebert, Diane TOUR AMERICA: A JOURNEY THROUGH POETRY AND ART
Weatherford, Carole Boston BIRMINGHAM 1963

Read at least 2 verse novels from the following list:
Colfer, Julia Ortiz. CALL ME MARIA
Glenn, Mel ANY NOVEL
Grimes, Nikki BRONX MASQUERADE
Havill, Juanita. GROW
Hesse, Karen WITNESS or ALEUTIAN SPARROW
Hemphill, Stephanie YOUR OWN SYLVIA: A VERSE PORTRAIT OF
SYLVIA PLATH
Hopkins, Ellen CRANK, GLASS or BURNED
Sones, Sonya ANY NOVEL
Stone, Tonya Lee. A BAD BOY CAN BE GOOD FOR A GIRL
Turner, Ann. HARD HIT
Wolff, Virginia Euwer MAKE LEMONADE or TRUE BELIEVER
Yoemans, Ellen RUBBER HOUSES

Read at least 1 book of short stories from the following list:
Appelt, Kathi. KISSING TENNESSEE AND OTHER STORIES FROM THE
STARDUST DANCE
Byars, Betsy. MY DOG MY HERO
Carlson, Laurie Marie (ed). MOCCASIN THUNDER
Gallo, Donald (ed.) ON THE FRINGE or ANY OTHER OF HIS STORY
COLLECTIONS
Howe, James. THE COLOR OF ABSENCE or THIRTEEN
Noyes, Deborah. GOTHIC! TEN ORIGINAL DARK TALES
Olsen, Ariel. MORE BONES: SCARY STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Paulsen, Gary (ed). SHELF LIFE
Rochman, Hazel. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
Scieszka, Jon. GUYS RIGHT FOR GUYS READ
Van Velde, Vivian. BEING DEAD
Yolen, Jane. TWELVE IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST

MODULE 15: CENSORSHIP ISSUES—December 7-10

Read at least 2 of these often censored/challenged books:*
Blume, Judy. FOREVER
Brannon, Sarah. UNCLE BOBBY’S WEDDING
Carle, Eric. DRAW ME A STAR
Chbosky, Stephen. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
Crutcher, Chris. ATHLETEIC SHORTS
Harper, Charise. FLASHCARD’S OF MY LIFE
Harris, Robie. IT’S SO AMAZING or IT’S PERFECTLY NORMAL
Henkes, Kevin. OLIVE’S OCEAN
Lowry, Lois. ANASTASIA KRUPNIK
Mackler, Carolyn. THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS
Myracle, Lauren. TTYL or TTFN or L8R or G8R
Myers, Walter Dean. FALLEN ANGELS
Naylor, Alice Reynolds. ALICE SERIES (not first one, but any of the others)
Newman, Leslie. HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES
Pilkey, Dav. CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS (series)
Rennison, Louise. ANGUS, THONGS, AND FULL FRONTAL SNOGGING
Richardson, Justin and Peter Parnell. AND TANGO MAKES THREE
Schwartz, Alvin. SCARY STORIES
Willhoit, Michael. DADDY’S ROOMMATE

Monday, August 24, 2009

School Updates

I'm almost done with my institute in TX (one more day!) and then my semester starts. I've had class all day for the past four days, and I got my reading list for children's lit-it's crazy long, but it will be fun.

So I'll update again once I'm done with day long classes and I can do it on my own time when it's online.

BTW-I'm reading Hush, Hush and it's wonderful!!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Win Magic Under Glass!!!

Remember when I posted my Want It Wednesday about Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore? If you're like me, you can't wait for this book, so be sure to check out Jaclyn's contest to win an ARC!



Coming 12/22/09 from Bloomsbury...

Nimira is a music-hall girl used to dancing for pennies. So when wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing accompaniment to a mysterious piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it will be the start of a better life. In Parry's world, long-buried secrets are about to stir. Unsettling rumors begin to swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry’s involvement in a group of corrupt sorcerers for whom the rules of the living and dead are meant to be broken for greater power. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing fairy gentleman is trapped within the automaton, she is determined to break the curse. But even as the two fall into a love that seems hopeless, breaking the curse becomes a perilous race against time. Because it's not just the future of these star-crossed lovers that's at stake, but the fate of the entire magical world.

Want to win an ARC with original sketches from the author inside? See http://fabulousfrock.livejournal.com for details!

Friday, August 21, 2009

YA Movie News

Kate DiCamillo's latest book, The Magician's Elephant, sold movie rights. The book isn't out yet (it releases Sept. 8), and with the mention of making the movie have the same tone as The Princess Bride, I'll be checking this book out and be eagerly waiting for more movie updates.

The split for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has sort of been confirmed by Joshua Herdman, the actor who plays Crabbe. The first movie will end when Harry, Ron and Hermione are kidnapped by the Snatchers and the second will start when they are being taken to Malfoy Manor. This could change, but I think this would make a great stopping point-and cliffhanger! Thanks to Mugglenet for the news.

Saddle Club, based on the series by Bonnie Bryant, is getting network time thanks to Discovery Kids. New episodes will air Sunday evenings on Discovery Kids. We only have a few DVDs at our library, so I'm glad I have something to tell those tweens who keep asking for more. Thanks to Cynopsis Kids for the news!

















What do you think of the newest promo pics for The Vampire Diaries? Anyone else feel like they're trying to Gossip Girl it up too much?

There's also a new TV promo:



This is the trailer for the latest movie from the writer/director behind Napolean Dynamite. This one's about a teen who finds out his novel has been stolen by a famous science fiction writer and is now being adapted into a movie. I'm still not sure about it, but I like that it involves books! (Yep, nerdy, I know)


Thursday, August 20, 2009

New Alyson Noel Cover


Here's the cover for the third book in Alyson Noel's Immortals Series. Shadowland also got a new release date-November 24, 2009! What do you think-does it go with the rest of the series?

BBAW Thank You!!

I've been nominated in three categories for Book Blogger Appreciation Week? That's craziness, especially since I know my mom and husband didn't nominate me. You mean someone out there actually reads my blog and nominated me?? I'm still reeling. I was nominated for Best YA Blog, Best Reviews, and Best Writing.

So THANK YOU to all of you who read my blog, comment on my blog, and nominated me for these categories. I'm not really expecting anything to come of it, since the other nominees are awesome, but it's a very cool feeling to know that someone thought of me. So THANK YOU!!! You guys rock!

Reviews Updates and Changes

I'm about to start on my second semester of my MLS and one of the classes I'm taking this semester is a children's literature course. Of course that means, I've just added about 100 books to my TBR pile!!!

I'm also on the 2010-2011 Gateway Selector Committee (Gateway is our high school book award for MO) and I have to read and rate 26 books before Decmeber 1st. (I've read 5 so far).

And on top of that, I'm teaching a training at my library in November on tween lit! And all my other regulary scheduled reading. I know, over-committed maybe, but it'll be fun and it means I get to read a ton and my husband can't tell me I'm reading too much. :)

So in addition to my regular reviews, you'll be seeing some Gateway nominee reviews and lit course reviews-because why not review a book after I read it, no matter what it's for? I'm also planning to start reviewing some tween/middle grade reads once a week and highlight those.

Stay tuned and wish me luck-it's going to be a busy semester!!!

Manga Review: Sand Chronicles

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary/Shojo Manga

Release Date: Ongoing Series, 5 volumes out now

About the Books: Twelve-year-old Ann's parents are divorcing, so she's been taken by her mother back to her mother's hometown. Ann is used to living in the city, so this small town takes some getting used to. Ann makes friends along the way, which help her adjust to her new life, but when tragedy strikes, she leans on her new friends to help her through.

GreenBeanTeenQueen: This summer, I've had a teen volunteer who every day brings me a new manga to read. I've read some series-at least a couple of volumes, those long series are too hard for me to keep track of-but for Sand Chronicles I'll make the effort to know when the newest release is out.

Sand Chronicles may sound like a simple story of friendship and first love, but there is so much emotion and depth packed into each volume. You get to know each character and you really learn to care deeply for each one.

I love the artwork in this series. I'm not an expert on manga art in any way, but I love the way Hinako Ashihara draws emotions onto her characters faces. The settings around them are always beautifully drawn out and I feel myself transported into their world.

If you haven't given manga a try, Sand Chronicles is a good series to try. It's easy to follow, has a contemporary storyline, and relateable characters. It's a beautiful coming of age story. Each volume Ann and friends grow up and you get to experience their growth with them. In some ways, Sand Chronicles makes me think of what Sarah Dessen's novels would be like if they were manga.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Interview with Daniel and Dina Nayeri

This interview is part of a tour for Traveling to Teens!
Daniel and Dina Nayeri are the brother and sister writing team behind Another Faust. For more info, check out their website and be sure to follow the rest of the tour stops!

GreenBeanTeenQueen: What was your favorite book as a teen? (I know, this is such a hard question!)

Dina: My favorite book was Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Though I read a lot of Jane Austen too. But I loved Lord of the Flies best because of the way it plays with evil. You have a group of boys that are so civilized, so much the product of the very highest standards of human achievement, and within weeks they turn not just barbaric, but absolutely evil. I was so mesmerized by all the symbolism in the book. I think it was the first time I really analyzed a book deeply, read it carefully for all its meaning. For example, Lord of the Flies is a translation of the word Beelzebub, which is the name of the devil. And I would go through the book looking for any mention of flies, which characters attracted them, who was most closely associated with evil, etc. I think it’s pretty obvious how much of that made it into Another Faust. :) Lord of the Flies was also one of the only books that I read more than once. My copy was covered with notes and highlights. I really hope readers will pay that close attention to Another Faust (particularly to the epigraphs which are full of hidden meaning and juicy tidbits that will surely escape the quick reader. My favorite part is that we’ve actually put the author of the original Faust, Goethe, in one of the epigraphs, and we’ve given him 2 of his own famous quotes... But you have to know his first name to know who he is!).

Daniel: Wow, tough one. My favorite book as a teen. Hmmm. Okay, I've restated the question. That bought me some time. Let's see. I could dodge some more by dissecting the question itself. What do you mean by "teen" for example? As in, "the teen years?" When my age had a "teen" suffix? I suppose so.

I knew I wanted to become a writer when I was in the fifth grade, after I read a short story by Terry Pratchett called, "Troll Bridge." It was only ten pages or so, but it changed everything for me. I wasn't a teen yet, but man, I jumped right in. I ate up all the classic adventure tales, Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island, Count of Monte Cristo. But none of that answers the question.

How about this, what do you mean by book? Does it have to be hardback? I was a huge fan of comics by the time I entered middle school...X-Men, Creature Tech, Sandman, Watchmen, Nausicaa.

Or do you only mean only novels? Cause by the time I hit high school, a real teen by then, it was all about poetry for me. I adored a collection of poetry I had that included a lot of T.S. Eliot, Robert Browning, Coleridge, and up to Kenneth Koch and James Tate. "Picnic, Lightning," by Billy Collins practically melted my face off it was so good. I memorized "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," which remains my favorite poem.

Frankly, what is the question again? Or better yet, what is a question in the first place?

Okay, darn it, I've stalled all I can. I really hate this one. As a teen, I was omnivorous. At school, I was reading only my favorites (sorry, Tess of the Durbervilles, you got skipped for Moby Dick and everything by Steinbeck). At home, I was devouring comic books, hard-boiled detective novels by Raymond Chandler, and in the instruction booklets to all my video games. And then in between classes I was swooning after girls, reading poetry, and writing my own maudlin refrains. It was fairly disgusting.

But just ONE book? As a favorite above all others? Hmm. Let me think about this. What do you mean by "favorite"?

GreenBeanTeenQueen: Was there anything you would have sold your soul for as a teen?

Dina: As a teen, I was desperate to go to an Ivy League college. I was practically a caricature, I was so insane with this need. Seriously, none of the crazy Ivy-obsessed girls you see on TV shows came close to me! :) Of course, I would never have sold my soul for anything. To the contrary, I spent a lot of my teen years praying for what I wanted. But if someone had told me when I was sixteen that I would never get into my dream schools, and if the offer had been put in front of me, I think that would be the only thing that would have tempted me. This is another thing that shows up in Another Faust, but the big difference between the way I did it and the way Victoria does it, is that I really worked hard. I mean, I actually sacrificed my social life, and my sleep, and spent day and night working toward my goals. And if you’re willing to do that, you don’t have to give away anything valuable, like your soul or your dignity or your values.

Daniel: Not really. I mean, I would have definitely sold my soul for MORE souls, like a "wishing for more wishes" kind of thing. But I don't think I would have fallen for it. Modern cinema has taught me well. If you are Brendan Frazier in Bedazzled, and you sell your soul to become rich, you'll wake up and find out all your money was from blood diamonds or something. Or if you want fame, you'll be a famous criminal. Or worse, Paris Hilton.

GreenBeanTeenQueen: What’s up next?

Dina: Wow, that’s such a big, open question. What’s next? Well, as far as writing goes, Daniel and I have just finished the second book in the series, Another Pan, which, in my opinion, is even better than the first! It’s set in the Marlowe school the next year, and is once again a retelling. It’s coming out in about a year! I’m also working on my own novel, plus Daniel and I are conceptualizing a manga-type series. So there’s a lot in the pipeline! In the meantime, it’s fun to enjoy watching Another Faust be born to the world. I think I might take some time off to enjoy that. Plus, it’s really stressful to write a book together, so I’m trying to convince Dan to take a motorcycle road trip to unwind! I hope I don’t end up splattered on the side of a road, because Daniel’s the dare-devil, not me! :)

Daniel: Well. There's the next book in the Another series, which we're putting finishing touches on. Also, as Dina said, we're working on a heavily illustrated (possibly manga-style) series that has a really cool concept. Once we get that squared away, you'll definitely be hearing about it. Personally, I just finished a collection four novellas, each in a different genre (western, sci-fi, crime procedural, and romance). I'm really excited about how it turned out, so you may hear about it in the near future....tease, tease, tease. :)

Good luck with all your future projects and thanks for the interview!! Be sure to check out Another Faust, out August 25!

Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri

This is part of a tour for Traveling to Teens!

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 8/25/09


About the Book: One night, five children vanish and no one is left with any memory of them. Now, years later, five elegant teens are making an entrance into New York high society with their beautiful governess. Each teen has a gift which they use to climb their way up, but power and greed come with dark consequences.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Although Another Faust is a contemporary retelling of the Faustian tale, the reader does not need to have a background to the original story to enjoy this take. It might help to know the background, but I don’t think it’s necessary.

Another Faust felt like a high brow upper class NY gossip novel-and I mean that in a good way!! There’s mystery, intrigue, backstabbing, revenge-it’s a fun read.

Each of the Faust children stand on there own, and while it took me awhile to get used to the jumping around from character to character, the story settles in and I was racing to finish. Bice was the character I enjoyed the most-she had a good heart and was shy, so I think I could relate to her the most. But the other Faust children all had something that I think any reader could relate to-Victoria and her drive to succeed, Christian and his desire to win, Belle with her obsession with beauty, and Valentin’s desire to be loved. Each character was well developed and you get to know about each one and why they would go as far as to sell their souls.


Fans of urban fantasy or dark humor should give this one a try, as well as readers looking for a deeper “gossipy” read.

Full Disclosure: ARC recieved from publisher

Monday, August 17, 2009

How to Build a House by Dana Reinhardt

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 9/8/09 (Paperback Release)

About the Book: Harper is spending the summer rebuilding a house that was destroyed by a tornado in Bailey TN. She's partly running away from her family which is falling apart around her. Her father and step-mother are divorcing and her step-sister and best friend is drifting away from her. While building a house, Harper learns to rebuild her life as well.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I picked this one up because it's on the preliminary Gateway nominee list for 2010-2011. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this ended up being the perfect lazy Saturday afternoon read (or listen).

The story alternates between "here" (in Tennnessee) and "home" (Harper's life before the summer). Because of this, things are revealed slowly-which slightly annoyed me. There were times I wanted a little more info on the home part. For the most part though, I liked how the two timelines were weaved together.

Harper is a geniune and likeable narrator-she's building a house because she really does want to help and she's doesn't come of as snotty about it. She's also trying to escape the pain from back home-and you feel her pain and frustration. She's sympathetic and I think that's what made me like her.

There is a romance, but it doesn't overpower the book and it's very sweet. Even though there are a lot of tough issues, this isn't a sad heavy book. There was just something lacking in this one (I think maybe it was short and I wasn't a fan of the ending?) which prevents me from rating it higher. I felt like there were a lot of things that were touched on in a minor way that never really got resolved or mentioned again. I liked it, but it wasn't a book I would re-read.

How to Build a House was a good read and I'm planning to check out Dana Reinhardt's other novels, as I was impressed enough with the author's writing to give her other books a try.

Full Disclosure: Book recieved from library

Friday, August 14, 2009

YA Movie News

Here's what I've read about this week:

A new Anne Frank movie is in the works to be written by playwrite David Mamet. This one will be more true to the original diary and the play.

Scholastic Media is pitching an idea for a TV series based on The Wedding Planner's Daughter series by Colleen Murtagh Paratore. I'm really hoping this works out as I'm a huge fan of the books. Thanks to Fuse #8 for the link.

Eclipse got a lot of new actors added to the cast. You can see the updated list on IMDB. There's also a new New Moon trailer out this week-it got leaked online, but it'll also be in theaters with Bandslam. I'm just excited Jacob loses his ugly long hair in this one.

Ned Vizzini's novel It's Kind of a Funny Story is in development. The story is about a teen who is battling depression and checks himself into a psychiatric hospital, only to end up in the adult ward.

Extended editions of the Harry Potter movies are going to be released, but there's no word on what exactly the extended editions will have. I've been saying we need extended editions for fans forever, I just wish they'd have all those scenes they cut out!

Have you seen new trailer for Where The Wild Things Are? I'm getting reall excited about this movie and think it could be a rare picture book to movie gem.


Check out the trailer for Dorian Gray. Anyone else share in my Colin Firth love??


And last, I didn't know Me and Orson Welles was based on a novel, but I'm going to try and check out the book before the movie.

And this one, just because it looks good:

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz Logsted

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary/Romance

Release Date: 9/7/09

About the Book: A beautiful girl meets a boy with hooks for hands in a modern re-telling of Beauty and the Beast.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I devoured this book. Crazy Beautiful is one of those books you want to curl up and read in one sitting. The cover is gorgeous, but I was expecting a more intense story I think with older characters. (The characters are 15) Instead, we get a look at a sweet story of love and friendship between two fractured people.

Lucius experimented with chemicals from school and caused an explosion which cost him his hands. He's chosen hooks and has set himself up to be an outcast at school-which he is, except when it comes to Aurora.

Aurora has recently lost her mother to cancer and now she and her father are starting over in a new town. She's genuinely nice and I really did feel like she was a wonderfully sweet person-she wasn't annoyingly perfect and nice-she was real.

I loved Aurora's relationship with her father-I love seeing strong family dynamics in books and Aurora and her father have a great relationship. This contrasts with Lucius and his parents, who have lost trust in him. Yet I can't say theirs is a negative family dynamic as their family is struggling to recover from the accident and it's written so perfectly-you feel their struggle. I really liked the relationship between Lucius and his younger sister Misty-the scene at the mall is one of my favorite siblings scenes ever!

There's so much in this one-it's a tale of friendship, romance, jealousy, and starting over. It does justice to the Beauty and the Beast story and it reads like a lovely fairy tale. It's told in alternating viewpoints with each chapter, and I liked how things from each chapter would bleed over into the next characters-both are served orange juice for breakfast, both characters will use the same word-it was very clever and I liked looking for the things that connected them. I'm most impressed with how author Lauren Baratz Logsted could manage to say so much without going into great detail. She doesn't need to write long descriptive paragraphs about what's happening. Some chapters are only a few sentences long-but the characters have depth and their relationship is believable.

The only complaint that I have was that I wish it would have been a tad longer-the ending felt a little too rushed. Crazy Beautiful is definitely one to look for in September.

Side note-As a librarian, I really loved how Aurora's dad was a librarian and Aurora was a booklover. It's always good to see librarians get a shout out in books. For some reason he reminded me of Giles in Buffy, which made me smile as I was reading it. Gotta love librarians!:)

Full Disclosure: E-Galley recieved from publisher

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Audiobook Review: Incantation by Alice Hoffman

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Genre: Historical

Release Date: 10/1/2007

About the Book: During the Spanish Inquisition, Estrella who was brought up as a Catholic, discovers her families secrets which could bring on tragic results.

GreenBeanTeenQueen: I know it's not Friday, but I listened to this audiobook yesterday and thought I'd review it. I picked up Incantation based on the short length and the pretty cover. It was three hours long so I thought I could get through it in one day. I didn't know anything else about it or about Alice Hoffman. Now I'll be sure to pick up more books by this author!

This may be a short read, but it packs a lot of emotion into it's three short discs. I'll try not to give anything away. Estrella is a strong character and one you feel sympathetic towards. Alice Hoffman has a way of making you feel the characters emotions which made this one a great read. There's sadness, but there's also hope, there's romance and jealously. Like I said, this short novel packs a lot into it!!

Because of the narrator's accent, it took me awhile to get used to her narration, but once I did I found her reading to be very enjoyable. Jenna Lamia won an award for her narration of The Secret Life of Bees and it's easy to see why. Her voice is easy to listen to and has an almost magical quality that brings the story to life. I've already checked out another audiobook narrated by her.

If you're looking for a short emotional historical read, I would suggest Incantation.


Full Disclosure: Library Book

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Are You Haunted??

I've mentioned a few times before that my dog is awesome and she loves to read as much as I do!!

So, can you guess what book it is we're excited to be sharing?? Hint: It comes out September 1st (and yep, I was lucky and snatched an ARC at ALA) Are you Haunted???

Want It Wednesday

Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

Release Date: 12/22/09-Yay the date got moved up!!

About the Book: Nimira is a music-hall performer forced to dance for pennies to an audience of leering drunks. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to do a special act - singing accompaniment to an exquisite piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumours abound about ghosts, a mad woman roaming the halls, and of Parry's involvement in a gang of ruthless sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing young fairy gentleman is trapped inside the automaton's stiff limbs, waiting for someone to break the curse and set him free, the two fall in love. But it is a love set against a dreadful race against time to save the entire

fairy realm, which is in mortal peril.


GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: OK, I admit, I first wanted this book for the cover-isn't it beautiful? But after I saw the cover, I had to know what the book was about and lucky for me the synopsis sounds amazing! Plus, author Jaclyn Dolamore states on her website that she "spent her childhood reading as many books as her skinny nerd-body could lug from the library" and loves the Emily books by L.M. Montgomery, Little House and the Betsy-Tacy books (which I'm reading now). So of course, I'm convinced we'd be the best of friends if we ever met. I can only hope her favorite reads have influenced her writing-then I know I'll love it. Magic Under Glass is at the top of my wish list for 2010. Can't wait until February for this one!!

The cover on the left is the US cover and the right is the UK cover. I think they're both pretty awesome. Which one do you like better?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

He's With Me (I Heart Bikinis) by Tamara Summers

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary/Romance

Release Date: May 1, 2007

About the Book: Lexie has had a crush on her brother's best friend Jake since they first met. When popular girl Bree sets her sights on Jake, Lexie is sure there is no way she could ever win Jake over. But Jake has no interest in Bree and needs a way to get her off his back without incurring the wrath of the popular girl-so a plan is formed: Lexie will pretend to be Jake's girlfriend. If only their relationship wasn't pretend...

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I had enjoyed Save the Date by Tamara Summers so I decided to check this one out. Plus, I was in the mood for a fun book that I knew I would enjoy. And even though I didn't like it as much as Save the Date, it was still pretty cute.

He's With Me is a typical romantic comedy. The thing I did like was there was no annoying miscommunication between Jake and Lexie. Even though Bree tried to pull an evil trick on them, they were smart enough not to fall for it. The plot was more about Lexie and Jake realizing they liked each other, not getting mad at each other because of what someone said. So for that, it was a refreshing romantic comedy!

It's a light, fast read and perfect if you're looking for a summer romance. There's not a lot of depth, but it's cute read. I really liked Lexie-she loves to read and even named her dogs, Thorn and Alanna, after characters in her favorite book. (Extra points if you know what book they are from!)


If you're not a fan of romance, I wouldn't pick this one up, since it is a romance-pure and simple. But if you're looking for a fun light read with a crush-worthy boy, give He's With Me a try.

Full Disclosure: Library Book

Monday, August 10, 2009

Contest Time-End of Summer!

My library's summer reading program ended over the weekend, so to me, summer is winding down very quickly. Plus, next week I'm heading off to a four day institute for my second semester of grad school. (It's really weird going back to school again-luckily after next week my classes are all online!) So what better way to celebrate than with a contest-here's what's up for grabs:
Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall (ARC Copy)
-Sorry, U.S. addresses only
-Contest ends September 4, 2009
To enter:
-Leave a comment on this post telling me which Fall release you're looking forward to
Extra Entries:
+1 if you're a follower/become a follower
+3 if you blog/twitter/spread the word
+5 if you check out my husband's blog and start following-he's annoyed I get all the attention :)
Good luck!!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Lessons in a Married Bookshelf-Part Two-A Photo Essay

Remember awhile back when I said that my husband was getting a little tired of how our small apartment was overflowing with books? Sunday he decided we needed new bookshelves. So here's our new married bookshelves.

So this is my new shelf. The top part has TV on DVD, but the rest is filled with my books. This shelf has all my library books, books for school (lit class reads), Gateway nominees I have to read since I'm on the committee, review books, plus all the ARCs I picked up at ALA that I want to read before my teens. And I'm weird and I organized them all by release date, because well, then I feel organized.

This lovely shelf is home to all the books I've bought or won in contests that are in my TBR pile. The top shelf is my favorite because it's home to all my signed copies.


Then, because I like to be weirdly organized with my books (hey, I'm a librarian), this shelf houses all the books I've already read, but want to own. The bottom shelf also holds old yearbooks, and there's some husband book pile overflow-you can tell which ones are his because they're the boring ones! :) Just kidding honey!!


Then, just to prove what a
hardcover fantasy snob my husband is, here are his books proudly displayed in the living room with his gaming stuff (you know he loves them if they share space with the games) Notice the pink XBOX controller-he's so good to me!
And his (mostly) fantasy shelf in the bedroom.








And just for fun, my dog Wrigley, with the two salvageable library books she ate as a puppy. (She ate others, but she really destroyed them!) And she was licking the pages before I took the picture-at least she likes books, right? :)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Audiobook Friday: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy/Romance

Release Date: Audiobook 6/1/09

About the Book: (From the jacket because I could not come up with a good summary of my own) Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.
She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.
She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: One of my co-workers told me to read this one a year ago. I even bought a copy and had planned to read, but other books kept coming first. So when I won a copy of the audiobook from Miss Danaidae, I knew it would be the perfect read for the trip to ALA.

Why oh why did I not listen and read this one earlier? I LOVED it!! It was the perfect blend of romance, fantasy and adventure that even though I'm not a hard-core fantasy fan, I could still enjoy it. The writing is amazing and Ms. Cashore pulls you into the plot. I was amazed at how captivating the storytelling was-I never wanted to stop listening.

Although it's a fantasy, Graceling is very much a romance. So much so that my husband, who is somewhat of a fantasy snob, thought there was too much romance and not enough fantasy. But what does he know, right? ;) Plus, for someone who wants a good mix, this was perfect.

The romance between Katsa and Po is wonderful. It's slowly developed-not a we just met and we're madly in love thing. You really get to know both characters and you understand the attraction and why their relationship works which makes it even more romantic. And Po-sigh...you can't come away from this book without a crush on Po!

But with all that romance, that doesn't mean the adventure gets left out. Ms. Cashore balances everything nicely and Graceling is a well-rounded novel for fans of any genre.

The audiobook is produced by Full Cast Audio, who I think did a fabulous job with Graceling. Each character had their own actor, as well as a general narrator for the non-dialogue. The cast all sounded wonderful and they make sure they have age-appropriate casting, which means the young princess Bitterblue is voiced by a young actor. Everyone in this cast fit their roles perfectly. Thanks to the voice acting and the vivid descriptions in the book, I could see this one being acted out in front of me.

Hurry up and pick this one up before the prequel Fire is released in October.

Fun fact about this audiobook: The character of King Lek is narrated by Tim Green, who is the author of Football Genius, and Bruce Coville, author of one of my all time favorite series, the Nina Tanleven mysteries, narrates King Ror and is the creater of Full Cast Audio. I love multi-talented authors!

Full Disclosure: I won this audiobook in a giveaway

YA Movie News

First off, be sure to check out the trailer for Cirque du Freak The Vampire's Assistant. The movies is based on the first two books in the Cirque du Freak series by Darran Shan. The movie looks great-now I just have to read the books before October!

Next up is news on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie. I'm still really nervous about this one translating over to movie form, but I guess I'll give it a try. Steve Zahn will be starring as Greg Hefley's father. I'm honestly not sure about this-Greg's dad is so straight laced and serious and I always see Steve Zahn as Lenny from That Thing You Do. But I'll try to remain hopeful on this one.

Now for some trailers!! The Lovely Bones is out in December and is based on the novel by Alice Sebold.



Julie & Julia is out this Friday and based on the memoir by Julie Powell. (The book came from Julie's blog entries, which as a blogger, I find very cool!)



And Ponyo is the latest from Hayao Miyazaki. Even though it's more childish than some of the one's my teens love (Howl's Moving Castle) I'm sure my anime fans will be seeing this one. It's out August 14.

 
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