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Movie Alert: The Giver Movie Trailer

Hi guys!

Well,  a lot has been happening in the world of YA books turned to films! We have Divergent releasing on Friday (I’m going to try to go see it on Sunday afternoon!) and The Maze Runner trailer dropped two nights ago! I have to say that I’m a little nervous about Divergent but have high expectations for The Maze Runner movie!

Well, I was on Twitter tonight and was reminded about the film adaptation of The Giver by Lois Lowry. I had forgotten all about it! It wasn’t until a few years ago that I finally read The Giver, but when I finally did it was clear why it is considered such a classic. So, here’s the trailer!


I was surprised to see Katie Holmes so that’s interesting. Also, it’s not in black and white….I feel like it should be, but there is still hope…hopefully?! I just wonder how they’re going to get across all the…”giving”…I don’t want to be a spoiler! I must say that as a school librarian, I’m just excited whenever a YA book to film happens because my circulation goes up, which just means that more students are reading! YAY!

So, what do you think about the trailer?!

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Top Ten Tuesday: October New Releases

Hello!

Welcome back to BookTasty! Every week I participate in Top Ten Tuesday which is an event hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Each week they post a theme and bloggers (like me) create our own list based on their theme.

This week’s officially list is about older books you don’t want readers to forget about, but I usually go my own way at the start of each month and post a Top Ten of new releases. So, this week let’s look at ten titles that are scheduled for release in October! There are always way too many new books coming out, so I just narrowed it down to the ten that I’m most interested in…well, eleven….but who’s counting?! (All links go to GoodReads)

Mark of Athena by Rick RiordanThe Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (October 2)

Son by Lois LowrySon by Lois Lowery (October 2)

Tales from a Not So Smart Miss Know It All by Rachel Renee RussellTales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All (Dork Diaries #5) by Rachel Renee Russell (October 2)

Mystic City by Theo LawrenceMystic City by Theo Lawrence (October 9)

Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid PaulsonValkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson (October 9)

Beta by Rachel CohnBeta by Rachel Cohn (October 16)

The Innocents by Lili PeloquinThe Innocents by Lili Peloquin (October 16)

Crewel by Gennifer AlbinCrewel by Gennifer Albin (October 16)

Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamaraLovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara (October 16)

The Shadow Society by Marie RutkoskiThe Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski (October 16)

Finale by Becca FitzpatrickFinale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick (October 23)

So! How about all these new books!  Don’t they look great?!  I wish I had the funds to purchase all the books every month! But alas….

Which of these are you most excited about?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

Howdy!  It’s the last Tuesday of the school year! WHOOT! WHOOT!

Top Ten TuesdayEvery week I bring you a Top Ten Tuesday and this week is no different.  Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous Broke and Bookish to encourage community among book bloggers and to showcase what we love best…BOOKS!

Each week there is a specific theme and this week is a rewind week where we can choose any past Top Ten topic.  I’ve recently been thinking a lot about the books I haven’t read, so my list is books that I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read.  These are books that are major mainstays in the classic middle grade and young adult canon, but for some reason, I just haven’t read them.  They’re all supposed to be fantastic reads (duh that’s why their considered classics) and many have been sitting on my Goodreads To Read shelf for years, but I just can’t seem to get to them.

You’re curious huh?  You want to know what books I am behind the times on! Okay, well here we go!

Copper Sun by Sharon Draper1. Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

The students at my school really love this book and always tell me that I need to read it.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen2. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

I remember my classmates reading this one in elementary and middle school.  I was too busy solving mysteries with Nancy Drew to get into this one, but I wish I had!

The Fellowship of the Rings by JRR Tolkien3. The Lord of the Rings books by J.R.R. Tolkien

This one is obviously a classic and I’ve seen (and love) the movies.  This series is just such a huge time commitment though. Maybe I’ll save these for one day when we have kids who want to read them…

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor4. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

My focus of study as a History major was the Southern Civil Rights Movement, so the fact that I haven’t read this book is just plain lame.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson5. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

I know! I know! It’s classic Young Adult and I know its supposed to be so good!  But I’m honestly a little intimidated by this book!

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry6. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Again, as a History lover you’d think I’d have attacked this one long ago, but alas, I have not.

Holes by Louis Sachar7. Holes by Louis Sachar

Tons of people tell me this is one of their all time faves, but again, I missed the boat on this one!

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare8. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

I hadn’t thought too much about this one since 5th grade (somewhere in the early 90s).  But a student recently read it and told me how much she loved it.  Get with the times Christina!

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak9. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

What?!  I know.  Everyone loves this one.

10. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

This book is TEENY TINY! Why haven’t I read it? Again, I am a broken record.  I DON’T KNOW!

This is pretty bad huh? *hides face in palms shamefully*

I promise to repent of my lameness at start fitting these classics into my reading schedule!  Forgive me!

Are you like me?  Are there classics that you just haven’t gotten to yet?  Maybe we should start a support group to hold each other accountable to finally pick up these titles!

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Just Enough: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Hello, and how are you today?  Lets talk The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

James Dashner’s The Maze Runner is pure dystopian fiction; and I love it!  My husband and I listened to the audiobook together (just like we did for The Hunger Games series) and we’re pumped to start the sequel, The Scorch Trials!

So, as much as I hate doing this I must make a comparison to The Giver by Lois Lowery, but its a super positive comparison, so never fear!  One aspect I loved about The Maze Runner, and also appreciated in The Giver, is the way in which the reader and the narrator are finding things out at the same time.  Because Thomas wakes up in an elevator with no memory except his name (I mean just imagine that!) he knows absolutely nothing about the situation he’s about to enter, which is exactly how it is for the reader.  In some way, this technique made me really feel as though I was actually Thomas experiencing everything about The Glade for the first time.

Dashner’s writing completely captures you from the very beginning.  Here see for yourself,

He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale dusty air.  Metal ground against metal; a lurching shudder shook the floor beneath him.  He fell down at the sudden movement and shuffled backward on his hands and feet, drops of sweat beading on his forehead despite the cool air.

Boom!  I was hooked!  Dashner had me concerned for the main character within the first few sentences.  Plus, the world he creates in The Glade is so well thought out he even introduces new vocabulary (shuck, greenie, shank, slopper) that is used by The Gladers, further sucking you into this new and creepy world.   My husband and I loved the Glader slang so much we even started incorporating into our own conversations (we’re not nerds or anything!).

In The Glade, the Gladers never really feel safe because they have no idea why they were there and who was watching.  As a reader you completely get this feeling of danger and insecurity around every corner because  you’re there right alongside the characters, learning everything as they do. This ties in to how strong a writer Dasher is.  He manages to tell you just enough, without telling you so much that it ruins it.  Just enough to creep you out and make you want more at the same time.  For example, Dashner never over describes the way the Grievers look.  He writes just enough detail and information to give you the basic idea of them and let your mind do the rest.  It’s like he understands that our minds can form more horrific images than anyone could ever put into words.  The creators of Signs, (you know the Mel Gibson alien movie) should have taken some tips from Dashner and never have shown us exactly what the aliens looked like because that was the exact moment it stopped being scary for me.

Okay, I have to make a comparison to another classic book; The Lord of the Flies by William Golding.  In Lord of the Flies, you have teenagers on their own forced to create their own mini society with no adults, which is exactly what you have in The Maze Runner.  Golding’s approach has the society swiftly falling apart and melting into mass chaos, where as Dasher does the exact opposite.  The society that forms in The Glade, is one based on organization and hard work.  The older teens, who’ve been in the Glade the longest, know that without this organization and work, everyone would go crazy with fear, so it’s a necessity to keep them all sane and alive.  I like this take on an only teen civilization.  Although I work in a middle school and sometimes believe the Lord of the Flies scenario is much closer to what would actually happen if adults suddenly ceased to exist, I appreciated the idea that maybe I’m wrong.

Honestly, I hope a production company picks The Maze Runner up and makes it into a movie.  I really think the style of this book could easily work into a film; as long as they don’t show me too much of the Grievers!  If you’re a fan of dystopian lit, definitely don’t pass up The Maze Runner. I think it could be slightly scary for younger middle school readers, but could be enjoyed by anyone older.

I’m excited to read the rest of the series!

Author: James Dashner

Publisher: Listening Library; Unabridged edition (October 6, 2009)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 10 hrs, and 50 mins

Series: First in a trilogy

YA/MG: Young Adult

Buy the Book: The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 1)

 

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Tuesday Top Ten: Most Popular Sellers at Our Fall Book Fair

The fall Book Fair is in full swing in my Media Center.  We’ve been open for a full two days, and already I’ve had to order some title restocks, which will hopefully arrive tomorrow or else the natives may revolt!  This week’s Top Ten will list the ten most popular sellers at our fall book fair.

The Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Talented Pop Star by Rachel Renee Russell

Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen

The NightMarys by Dan Poblocki

Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Dowling Hahn

Killer Pizza: The Slice by Greg Taylor

39 Clues Cahills Versus Vespers: The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Maximum Ride Manga #4 by James Patterson