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Hollywood Loves the Library!

September, 2013
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Yes, it is true. Without libraries, the movie industry would be without a wealth of material. Historically, you have great movies such as Pride and Prejudice (written by Jane Austen), the Last of the Mohicans (James Fenimore Cooper), and let’s not forget 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, and my all-time tearjerker, Old Yeller! In recent years, we have The Harry Potter Series that were all blockbusters, The Twilight movies, and of course, Star Trek and Star Wars…yes, they are book series before appearing on the big screen. Of course, there are thousands of books turned into movies…check out these following websites for more examples:
catching-fireSo you might be wondering why a librarian is talking about movies instead of books? Sometimes movies create excitement about the books. Reading the book before seeing the movie always enhances the experience of seeing the movie. A reader already gets the nuances of the author’s intent. I find that many times, if I see the movie before reading the book, that the experience of reading the book can seem a bit strange because how I see the story in my mind does not match the movie. I like to create my own imagery when I am reading.  So read the book first before seeing the movie and you will have a much more enjoyable experience at the theatre.
Get your hands on the following books from your school library before the movie comes out! Make it a family habit to read the book before seeing the movie!
New releases this fall:
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Claire on August 23.
Another remake of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens on October 13.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card on November 1.This book is a personal favorite. It was the first Science Fiction book that I ever read. I was a newlywed and my husband read it out loud to me. I was so enthused that I sneaked a copy from the library and finished it in secret! I was hooked as a Sci-Fi/Fantasy reader ever since!
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak on November 15 - Marcus Zusak is a former author presenting at the Shanghai Literary Festival.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins on November 22.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug by J.R. R. Tolkien on December 13.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster TBA 2013
The Maze Runner by James Dashner on February14, 2014.
By Barbara Boyer
Shanghai American School Pudong Middle School Librarian
Elementary Book Recommendations from Kimbra Power, the Barefoot Librarian
Excitement is in the air now that we’ve found ourselves in September with some of the year’s much awaited new releases just around the corner.
survivors-darkness-fallsSurvivors: Darkness Falls by Erin Hunter
Upper Elementary Students only have hours to wait until Erin Hunter’s Survivors: Darkness Falls can be purchased for every Kindle, iPad and iPod I can get it onto when the clock hits midnight on September 3.  Hunter, the bestselling author of the Warriors and Seekers series, will certainly deliver in book three of the Survivors animal fantasy series. For children who enjoy great fantasy stories and love animals, Erin has hit gold with this magic combination of both. In Darkness Falls, every dog must stand together to survive; I know kids are anticipating what happens to Lucky in this exciting new adventure.
House of Hades by Rick Riordan
house-of-hadesFifth graders are constantly reminding me I must not forget about the fourth book in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series hitting the streets early October. Don’t worry 5th grade, I am ON it! Riordan has already delivered three hits in this series, with The Mark of Athena being one of the most checked out books in our library last year. In that book, we left off with lead characters Annabeth and Percy in dire straits. How will they ever escape this latest peril?
The House of Hades promises to be more action packed than ever with this adventure diving into the depths of Tartarus.
surprise-attack1The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet by Tom Angleberger
If you haven’t met Origami Yoda yet, you’re missing out on one of the most exciting new characters to be introduced over the last few years. Author, Tom Angleberger released The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet on August 6, which was too late for me to purchase in paperback, but after the students came in on the first day of school requesting it, I quickly put in an order and uploaded plenty of e-books to keep the students up to speed with this very popular series. Follow this great blog for details. http://origamiyoda.com
Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
With Jeff Kinney’s latest Wimpy Kid hitting the shelves this November, there is plenty to keep Elementary readers’ heads buried in books as the weather begins to turn. Many see Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series as a rite of passage for Elementary readers as Kinney leads us through the how to (and how not to) existence of main character Greg Heffley. Many students can identify with the clumsy behavior of Greg, his imaginary friends and his embarrassing family stories.
I also made sure to order many copies of the constantly off the shelves Dan Gutman My Weird School books for our younger Elementary students… if you haven’t discovered that Mr. Nicholas is Ridiculous and Miss Kraft is Daft, you won’t understand the charm they hold for our 1st-3rd graders, so maybe you should check one out today.wolves
Wolves by Emily Gravett
Being a librarian I have a special place reserved for any quality stories that have characters using a library, so I was thrilled to see a favorite author, Emily Gravett, beginning her story Wolves in one. Gravett’s main character in this delightful picture book is Rabbit, who borrows a book about Wolves and steadily scares himself silly as he reads it. I love the way Gravett includes an alternative ending for scaredy cats…read more about this skilled author here www.emilygravett.com
The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers
the-day-the-crayons-quitAlso a HUGE hit in the lower elementary school is anything by Oliver Jeffers – he has been producing amazing hits of late including The Great Paper Crane, Stuck and one of my favorites, Heart and the Bottle. However, the ultimate Jeffers book in my opinion is The Day the Crayons Quit… WHAT AN IDEA!
Aesthetically, this picture book is incredible and so pleasing to the eye, but it is the story that really captures the imagination. Have you ever wondered if Red is jealous of Blue? Do you think Orange feels a bit left out at times, and Black is sick of doing borders all the time? If not, you will once you’ve dived into this delicious offering.


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