Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays to all my wonderful blog readers!! I hope everyone has a wonderful time-and of course has the chance to read a book! :)

No Kiss Blog Fest

Don't you love those epic scenes in books and movies when you're anticipating and waiting for a couple to kiss and they almost do and then...they don't! To celebrate that No-Kiss Moment, Frankie Diane Mallis is hosting the third annual No Kiss Blogfest!

Sign up at Frankie's blog to join in the fun! Here are the details from Frankie:

1) Sometime between now and Jan 2, 2012 write a post about the No Kiss Blogfest to let everyone know you are participating and that they should too. Why? Because it's awesome!

2) Sign up for the No Kiss Blogfest on Frankie's blog.

3)Tweet about No Kiss Blogfest, using the hash tag: #nokissblogfest because #hashtagsareawesome

4) After you've recovered from New Years Eve, write a blog sharing your Almost Kiss, No Kiss Blogfest entry (either one from your WIP, one you just wrote, one from a book, movie or tv show, or even a really hot almost-kiss picture)and post on January 2, 2012!!! Because reading your posts are awesome!

YA Movie News

The biggest movie news this week was the release of The Hobbit trailer! I think it looks awesome and I can't wait!

-Harrison Ford and Abigail Breslin have signed on to star in Ender's Game. I have never read this book-I need to get on that!!

-Taylor Swift tweeted about a new song she has on The Hunger Games soundtrack. (The song also features The Civil Wars) Taylor Swift is a bit hit or miss for me, but I like this song. The song is posted below-what do you think?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 12/8/2011

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About the Book: Cam is a teen who is living with cancer. Her recent doctor visit didn't turn out well and she doesn't have much hope. But her mom isn't about to give up and convinces Cam that they should spend the summer in Promise, Maine, a place where miracles happen. Cam is cynical and doesn't believe in miracles, but in a town where flamingos visit and sunsets last forever, Cam has a summer to believe in miracles.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Tough topics like teens dying can be hard to write well. Sometimes they can come off as too cheesy and corny and Nicholas Sparksy. Other times they don't feel real and you don't like the characters. Wendy Wunder manages to pull off a story that makes you care about the characters and feels real without veering into a cheese-fest.

Cam is a cynical character and at first I had a hard time relating her. But she grew on me as the novel went on. She was tough and smart and her sarcasm made me begin to like her. She doesn't always make the best decisions, but then, she's faced with a tough situation in life and it's hard to keep up hope. As she begins to trust others and let people in, she changes and began to like her more.

Her sister and mom are nicely fleshed out and great supporting characters. They struggle with trying to live as normal a life as possible while dealing with Cam's illness and loss of hope. Her sister is the one who starts keeping track of the miracles and some of her preteen innocence is sweet and charming.

Asher, the love interest, is a bit too perfect. I liked Asher, but I wasn't exactly sure what he saw in Cam, especially since she was so gruff with him to begin with. I felt like their relationship never really developed in the way I wanted to watch it develop. Much of their relationship seemed very surface level and I just didn't believe that it was as deep as it was portrayed. I guess this was the most unrealistic part of the book and felt like it was there just because Cam needed a love story.

Also, at times the writing seemed a bit strange. It was written in third person, but there were times I forgot it was in third person and the descriptions and narration felt like it switched to first person. It was a bit jarring each time and I had to remind myself it wasn't told in first person. I don't know that many readers would notice this and it wasn't something that was that distracting and it didn't stop me from enjoying the book. It was just something strange I noticed.

The story itself is good and the author does a great job of infusing hope into an otherwise sad story and making the reader believe. Both Cam and her sister learn to accept everyday miracles, which is a great theme of the book, without the author really hitting you over the head with a message. I love the simple gesture of looking for everyday miracles.

If you have readers who like a good tear-jearker, The Probability of Miracles should be added to their reading pile.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Day In the Life of a Librarian

Day in the Life posts are inspired by Abby the Librarian's Day in the Life series. Many people wonder what it is librarians do all day! (No, we don't get to read books on the desk all day!) Since I've taken my position as Youth Services Manager it seems like my days are even more filled with meetings and scheduling and trainings. Here's a Day in the Life of a Youth Services Manager.

8:30-Arrive at work, turn on computers, wipe down keyboards and headsets, check schedule to see what we have planned for the day

8:40-9:00-Straighten up department, pick up books, take leftover DVD and CD cases up front, clean up Early Literacy Station Toy Centers (My library has Early Literacy Stations that have 9 rotating toy bins with toys like puzzles, plush food, word flashcards, plush mailbox, etc. Each toy goes along with our new Early Literacy Skills. We also have a puppet stage.)

9:00-9:10-Put simple craft out since there are no December storytimes to ease the pain of no storytimes

9:10-10:00-Work on January schedule and have many moments of stress and thoughts of “oh my goodness, how am I going to figure this out?”, followed by “no wait-that makes more sense, I did it!!” Celebrate by doing a happy dance in chair.

10:00-10:30-Cover children’s desk while employees take break, answer patron questions like “No, there are no storytimes in December, we take the month off. But here’s our storytime schedule for January and February and here’s our Winter Programming Guide.” And “All our Holiday books are on display on the front table or on this cart by the children’s desk. No, Polar Express is all checked out and there are 6 people on hold for it. Would you like to be on the waiting list?” Check e-mail.

10:30-10:45-Morning break-check mailbox, discover a book or two (always exciting!), die-cut requests from other branches, and a few toddler tubs to return (we have “toddler tubs” that other branches can borrow for storytime that we share as a system, but house at my branch).

10:45-11:30-Come back from break and return toddler tubs, Straighten up department (again), check shelves and carts for returned Holiday books to add to the display, clean up scraps of craft, help patrons find books and answer questions, talk to some kids putting on a puppet show and watch a few minutes of their performance of The Three Little Pigs (our current puppet stash-this is always one of the best parts of the job!), slyly put toys away when children are leaving so the trucks don’t play racecar in the department anymore (we have circulating toys as well, which always end up getting played with in the department and can be a bit hectic!), clean up farmer’s market food toys from the Early Literacy Station because it has mysterious wet spots on it.

11:30-1:00-Cover desk while employees go on lunch. Answer patron questions such as “Where are The Magic Tree House books” (Under Osborne in J Fiction) and “Do you have any Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books” (nothing in today, but would you like to see some other books that are similar?)

1:00-1:45-Lunch! Enjoy chatting with co-workers from other departments and catching up. This is also prime reading time. I love walking into the break room and seeing all my co-workers with a book in hand!

1:45-2:00-Take DVD and CD cases and any holds to the front desk. Retrieve Children’s Department holds for weeding list and withdraw books. Check e-mail and respond to any important messages.

2:00-4:00-Summer Reading Program Meeting to discuss next year’s Summer Reading Program (yes, in December!!) Committee comes up with a few changes that I will need to report back to my staff.

4:00-5:00-Check e-mail, send a note to staff about changes for Summer Reading Program, look over January schedule one more time before sending it out to staff, straighten up desk and workroom, prep any tasks for tomorrow.

5:00-Say hello to evening staff member, catch up on anything I need to tell her and wish her a good evening. Off to home!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tween Tuesday: Mimi by John Newman

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Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary 

Release Date: 8/2/2011

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About the Book: It's been 157 days since Mimi's Mammy died. Her father only serves overcooked pizza for dinner and is always sad, her brother plays drums loudly every day and Mimi knows that her sister has a terrible secret (thanks to the peeks she has in her diary). As her family struggles to pull themselves together after tragedy, they learn to come together rely on each other and help each heal.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Mimi is a sweet yet sad story about family and loss. Mimi is struggling to understand the tragedy of her mother's death and is feeling out of place as each of family members grieve in their own way. Her brother plays drums, her father is distant and her sister has a secret that she's afraid to tell others. Even though Mimi feels a bit lost, she's surrounded by a great support group of extended family. Her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins each take turns caring for Mimi's family and give Mimi a piece of normalcy in her chaotic world.

Mimi can be a bit innocent and naive at times and sometimes the story is over the top (for example, when Mimi's teacher goes into labor in the middle of class). Some of Mimi's family members are a bit eccentric, but I felt this all balanced out well with the sadness of the story and offered a glimmer of humor and hope. I especially liked Mimi's friend who is always telling her silly jokes. The author includes side storylines on adoption, bullying and shoplifting, making the plot well rounded. I felt that with the additional subplots, no storyline felt overly dramatic, but instead offered hope to readers.

This is a sweet and sensitive tale great for middle grade readers.

Side note: I listened to this one audio which I really enjoyed. The book takes place in Ireland, so the narrator has an Irish accent which is fun to listen  to, but left me reading all my books with an Irish accent in my head for days after!

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from audiobook checked out from my local library

Monday, December 19, 2011

Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Genre: Paranormal

Release Date: 12/20/2011

Books In Series: Hearts At Stake, Blood Feud, Out for Blood

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About the Book: As the Blood Moon is about to begin, vampires from all over the world are gathering near the Drake compound. But not everyone is happy with the invites and a mysterious new tribe that wasn't invited is looking for a seat on the council. Their plan is to kidnap Lucy, because she's close to the Drake family. Everything goes wrong when they wind up with Lucy's cousin, Christabel instead.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: The Drake Chronicles is my favorite guilty pleasure series. I love the snarky, witty banter, the very hot Drake brothers, and the vampire mythos that Alyxandra Harvey has created. Each entry into the series is an engaging and entertaining read. I think Bleeding Hearts though is tied with book number one for my favorite in the series.

I loved that Lucy was back as one of the narrators. She continues to be my favorite character in the series, so it was great to get a peek into her world again. Reading Bleeding Hearts was like welcoming back my old friends and I was eager to read more about Lucy and Nicholas. (If Lucy ever breaks up with him, he's mine!:)

In addition to Lucy's narration, we also get narration from Lucy's cousin Christabel and Conner Drake. Of course romance ensues, because what would a book in the Drake Chronicles be without some romance? Conner and Christabel are adorable and I liked both of them immediatly. Christabel is always found with a book in her hand, she's read the classics hundreds of times, she quotes poetry and she's waiting for Mr. Darcy. Conner is a Sci-Fi and Fantasy geek who knows Firefly, Star Trek and Doctor Who trivia, who can easily fix computers, and loves comic books. Together they love all my favorite things so how could I not root for them?

There's a lot more than romance and Bleeding Hearts has plenty of twists and turns and surprises. Something strange is happening with Solange, there's a new tribe of vampires to deal with and Hel-Blar are on the loose. Lots of epic battles make this an action packed read. And that ending??? I need book five NOW!

Give this series to fans of vampire stories with a bit of snark and romance. Even if you're feeling a bit burned out on paranormal, give this series a try. Alyxandra Harvey successfully combines action and romance with a bit ohick-lit and a dash of mystery. Another fantastic entry into the series!

Book Pairings: Boys That Bite by Marianne Mancusi, Dead Is The New Black by Marlene Perez

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from e-book galley recieved from publisher on NetGalley

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hunger Games Fashion Show

In Style has a gallery of sketches from various fashion designers taking on Katniss's famous fire dress. I'm not a huge fan of to many-Christian Siriano's is pretty cool and I think it captures the original. And this one by Rachel Roy is an outfit I want to own because I'm crazy like that! I think I've been watching too much Project Runway because I was totally critiquing them like Heidi! Thanks to Leila for the link!

Friday, December 16, 2011

YA Movie News

-A new poster for The Hunger Games was revealed during an online puzzle hunt. I really like it! What do you think?

-Another YA book to movie I'm looking forward to! Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone is also getting a big screen adaptation! Universal bought the film rights and I really hope this one happens-don't you want to see that book come to life?

-Meg Rosoff's Printz Award Winner, How I Live Now, has been optioned for a big screen adaptation. Saorise Ronan is in talks to star. How I Live Now is one of my favorite Printz winners and I'd love to see it on the big screen! Thanks to Cynopsis Kids for the news.

-Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellows is working on a musical version of The Wind in the Willows.

-In other musical news, a musical adaptation of Because of Winn-Dixie is in the works with Duncan Sheik signed on to write the music. I think this is a great idea!

-Paramount acquired the rights to Colleen Houck's novel Tiger's Curse.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Genre: Mob/Crime Fiction/Dystopian/A bit of Mystery

Release Date: 9/6/2011

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About the Book: Anya Balanchine lives in a future where chocolate and caffeine is illegal and paper is rationed. As the daughter of a chocolate "mob boss" Anya could work in the family business. Anya wants nothing to do with the chocolate business that killed her parents and injured her brother. She wants as normal of a life as possible for herself and her siblings. But life gets complicated when Anya is accused of poising her ex-boyfriend with an illegal chocolate bar.

I have loved Gabrielle Zevin's two previous YA novels, so I went into this book with high expectations. Luckily I was not disappointed! I was sucked into the story and couldn't put this book down until I had finished.

The book is set in a future where the government has more control, things have been rationed due to supplies running low, and some items, such as chocolate, have become illegal. Anya is the daughter of a powerful chocolate boss who runs a chocolate company-chocolate is still legal in other countries, plus the government is corrupt enough to trade favors when needed and look the other way. We're given hints about the future setting and the world Anya lives in, but we don't know much. The world intrigued me, but this isn't a book that relies heavily on world building. It's a more character driven story than anything else. For readers who are looking for a dystopian novel, this aspect might be a bit disappointing, since the dystopian part isn't as fleshed out. I wasn't bothered by it because I found the crime family/mob storyline interesting and I really liked all the characters.

While the book has a dystopian aspect to it, it really felt more like a Prohibition Mob story but set in the future. The future setting isn't so distant (Anya's grandmother was born in 1995) that it feels too futuristic. Instead it felt like a contemporary novel with some changes. To me, this is what made the book so engaging. I have an obsession with stories from this era-one of my all time favorite movies is the musical Bugsy Malone-so I was easily hooked on the crime story. I think readers who enjoy reading stories set in the 1920's/1930's would also be interested in All These Things I've Done.

I loved Anya. She's strong and wants to take care of her family. She cares very much for her siblings and is very loyal to them-so much so that she'll take the fall to protect them. She's also very logical and can be a bit distant, but I found her to have a bit of wit to her that I really liked. There's a star-crossed romance to the story as Anya and the new DA's son start to fall for each other. I have to say props to Anya for not falling into the love at first sight trap! She even mentions at one point that it was too soon to say she loved Win, which was a bit refreshing after reading many "he's the one for me" YA novels.

The story is a bit quiet, but I felt that fit the book well. The dystopian setting is light and this isn't an action-packed book by any means. I was sucked into the story and I liked Anya, so I wanted to stick with her. Plus, I felt this fit the Mob mood of the story-quiet and cool.

There's a lot packed into the book that surprised me and I really appreciated that Ms. Zevin took some twists and turns with the story. It wasn't what I expected going in and I liked that the characters and the story surprised me throughout.

It's a romance, crime fiction, and a bit of a dytopian all mixed into one and I loved it! I've been recommending this to everyone I know.  By the time I got to the ending, I wanted to start all over and read it again. I can't wait for the next installment!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Contest Winners

There have been some contests here on the blog and I'm happy to announce the winners!

Liesl and Po Giveaway Winner:

This Is Teen: Guys Reads Giveaway Winner:

Congrats! I hope you enjoy your books!

Tween Tuesday: Bake Sale by Sara Varon

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Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Graphic Novel

Release Date: 8/20/2011

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About the Book:  Cupcake has a pretty great life-his bakery is doing well, he's in a band, and he has a great friend in Eggplant. But lately he's been struggling to bake. When Eggplant suggests that Cupcake join him on his trip to Turkey. It turns out Eggplant is old family friends with Cupcake's hero, Turkish Delight and Cupcake is sure that Turkish Delight has the answer to his baking woes.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I really enjoy Sara Varon's books and her art style (even if Robot Dreams made me a bit sad!) I love her artwork because she really knows how to put emotion into her characters and it makes the story come to life. Sure, talking food isn't real, but I believe it with Sara Varon's art.

Bake Sale is an adorably funny book about friendship. Cupcake discovers that he didn't need to travel far to find the answers he was searching for. The artwork is adorably cute and the story of friendship is a nice one. The ending comes a bit quickly and didn't wrap the story up in the way I thought it would. It felt a bit rushed and out of place to the rest of the story. I also think it will leave young readers wanting more.

Bake Sale still had moments that made me laugh and I couldn't help but love Cupcake (it's that emotional artwork again!)  I think it was the artwork that sold me on this book more than the story. Readers who enjoyed Robot Dreams should give Bake Sale a try.

Side note: Yes, it is a little odd that a cupcake who talks and is alive makes baked goods to sell, so you have to get over that aspect a little bit. But it's still a charming book.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Adult Lit: Missed Connections: Love, Lost and Found by Sophie Blackall

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Art

Release Date: 9/22/2011

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About the Book: A collection of artwork based on missed connections ads.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Not my usual fare, I know, but I do read some adult titles once in awhile! This book has been on my radar since I got the Love at First Sight poster from ALA which features a missed connection in a bookstore. (Sadly, this print is not incldued in the book).

I love Sophie Blackall's artwork, so I was very excited for this collection! We've all read missed connections, right? (Admit it, I'm not the only one!) It's a fascinating peek into another person's story and in some ways it gives us hope that love can be found. Some are funny, some are strange, and some are heartbreaking.

The introduction to the book made me nod along as Sophie explained her fascination with missed connection ads. Who hasn't read one and wondered what happend? (Or secretly wished there was one about you?) I always want to know more of the stories and this collection made me want to know more about the pictures. Sophie included a note that she heard from some people who met via missed connections and I would have liked to know if any of the connections illustrated actually did. They are heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time.

 I would suggest this as a story starter set for older teens and adults-I know I can't be alone in imagining the outcome of each posting!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Audiobook Review: The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr.Seuss

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Short Stories

Release Date: 9/27/2011

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About the Book: Seven lost stories from the masterful Dr. Seuss compiled and published together for the first time in a new collection. From cautionary, lesson tales, to humor and fantastical new creatures, this is a must have for Dr. Seuss fans young and old!

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I think this book is best enjoyed on audio with wonderful narrators!! I'm always a bit nervous about "lost" stories, but I enjoyed this collection for the most part, especially after hearing about how they were short works originally published in magazines and newspapers. I thought I'd share a breakdown of what I liked or disliked about each story:

The Bippolo Seed narrated by Neil Patrick Harris-I loved this story and I really thought it was the strongest of the book. It had the classic Seuss feel to it of silliness and a lesson in the end. I also liked the rhymes and felt they all worked well in this story. Plus, add in Neil Patrick Harris's fabulous narration and you've got a great read/listen. (Really, he needs to narrate more audiobooks! Please-more NPH on audio!)

The Rabbit, The Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga-narrated by Angelica Houston-This one was just OK. I think part of it was the narration-it was good, but not great. I also felt the story was a bit weak. It's still fun, but wasn't a stand out for me.

Gustav the Goldfish-narrated by Jason Lee-Jason Lee, I like you, I really do! But I disliked your narration of this story! Just because you're reading for kids doesn't mean you have to be overly excited all the time! I wasn't a fan of this story, mostly because I felt the ending fell flat and the narration was annoying. When I got the book, I liked the illustrations for this story, so maybe I would have liked it better if I had read it with the pictures instead of listening to it.

Tadd and Todd narrated by Joan Cusack-I liked this story and the narration is good. I did feel a bit sad in the end though. I felt like Tadd and Todd wanted to  be unique and instead resigned to the fact that they were twins and had to be like each other. I would have liked to see them be able to embrace their originality instead of accepting they are the same. Maybe this was me projecting my adult-self onto the story. I think kids will find it fun and maybe find comfort in the fact that siblings are there with you as "peas in a pod".

Steak for Supper narrated by Edward Hermann-This story made me laugh and it was another strong classic Dr. Seuss. Filled with a menagerie of Seuss creatures, this one has lots of humor and silliness. It also has a nice twist to add to the humor. The narration helped make this one of the stand out stories of the book for me.

The Strange Shirt Spot narrated by William H. Macy-A great story with great narration! This is somewhat of an adventure story as a young boy can't get a dirty spot off anything! The trials of cleaning make for some laugh out loud fun and the end is sure to have parents and kids giggling with it's "oh so true" statement. This was another favorite story.

The Great Henry McBride narrated by Peter Dinklage-I enjoyed this story of a dreamer. The narration is fantastic and makes it a likable story. I also liked the idea of the story-that you can dream anything and no goal is too lofty. Peter Dinklage is another narrator that I would love to have narrate more audiobooks. One of the stand out stories and one of my favorites.

If you do listen to the audio, make sure you listen to the commentary at the end (which is the introduction in the book). It adds a lot to the book to examine each story and learn where they came from. The whole audio is about an hour long and worth every minute!! Great for readers of all ages, this would be a great audiobook for families and to introduce young listeners to the audio format.

Full Disclosure: Audiobook provided by my local library

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tween Tuesday: Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes

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Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary/Novel in Verse

Release Date: 9/13/2011

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About the Book: Joylin is finding herself at the crossroads of middle school. She's always been content the way she is, playing basketball and enjoying her friend's. But now her best girl friend is flirting with her best guy friend and basketball seems different. Then Joylin notices Santiago and suddenly her clothes aren't right, she wants Santiago to notice her, and Joylin is feeling a bit left out. Why does middle school have to be so confusing?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Planet Middle School is a short and sweet novel in verse. I listened to this book on audio and while I could tell it was written in verse, it still worked well on audio. I really enjoyed the narrator and she really drew me into the story and made Jaylin come to life.

The book itself is short (the audiobook is just over an hour), but I felt with the narration the character's came to life. I felt for Jaylin and the confusing time middle school can be. She's always been a bit tomboyish and now that she's interested in Santiago, she feels she has to change.

Because of the length, the book wraps up fairly quickly with Jaylin learning a lesson about life a bit too easily. I did like that the ending is not fairy tale-ish but instead rings true and realistic-and Jaylin is OK with that. I think the subject matter of navigating the tricky time of change in middle school is covered nicely. Give this to tweens looking for a quick, relatable a read.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from audiobook version checked out from my local library

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Picture Book Saturday

I've always loved reading picture books, but since I took on my new position as Youth Services Manager, I've been reading picture books a lot more. I'm hoping to start reviewing picture books more regularly on the blog-you're never too old for picture books!!

How many times have I watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and just accepted those balloons without wondering how they were created? That's what I love about this book-it introduces readers into a little known history of the balloons in the parade. I watched this year's parade with much more interest. The text is accessible and the story is simple enough for younger readers. A great new treat to read over the holidays!

When it snows where do the animals go? Told through parallel verse, we see what happens above the snow and underneath. The narrator is skiing over the snow and reader's get a glimpse of what is going on underneath her feet as she makes her journey. The text and illustrations are both beautiful and the book ends with an author's note discussing how animals survive in the snow. There was a point where a fox jumps on a mouse scurrying under the snow which might be a bit unsettling for young sensitive readers who might think all the illustrated animals are sweet. Overall it's a fantastic look at animals in the winter and I think it would be a great classroom read for elementary students.

Friday, December 2, 2011

YA Movie News

-The Ender's Game movie is gaining speed. Hugo star Asa Butterfield will have the title role and it looks like True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld will be joining him. The movie is set to release in 2013. Thanks to Hollywood Reporter for the news!

-How did I miss the news about a Les Miserables musical movie? So far the film has Russel Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Hugh Jackman in the cast and rumor is Scarlett Johansson, Taylor Swift, Evan Rachel Wood, and Lea Michele are all in the running for Eponine. I think my pick would be Lea Michele, but I'm really not a big fan of this list. Who would you pick? Thanks to NY Post for the news.

-Matt Phelan's graphic novel, The Storm in the Barn,  has been optioned for a live action feature film. The film has Marti Noxon, who wrote and produced for Buffy and Mad Men producing and David Goodman, who has worked on Fringe and Angel is writing the script. I like those kind of connections!! Thanks to Betsy Bird for the news.

-Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game are coming back January 2! ABC family will be airing marathons of the shows before the new season starts during the day, so you can catch up!
 I am so excited for Downton Abbey Season 2, especially after this preview! Maybe we should have a blogger watch/recap/discuss after each episode? Who's with me?

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