Month: May 2012

Teen Summer Reading Lists Are Here!

Note* The Stickney-Forest View Public Library owns at least one copy of each book. Be sure to check out our display!

Reavis High School Summer Reading List

Breathing Underwater – Alex Finn
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Looking For Alaska – John Green
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Mary Pearson
The Bean Trees – Barbara Kingsolver
Paper Towns – John Green
Ishmael -Daniel Quinn
The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager – Thomas Hine
Thank You For Arguing – Jay Heinrichs
How To Read Literature Like a Professor – Thomas C. Foster
Macbeth– Shakespeare

Morton High School Summer Reading for Freshmen

The Devil’s Highway – Luis Urea
Columbine – Dave Cullen
The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
The Looking Glass Wars – Frank Beddor
Copper Sun – Sharon Draper
Pride of Baghdad – Brian K. Vaughn
The Call of the Wild – Jack London
Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater
Black and White – Paul Volponi
Girl, Stolen – April Henry
Gone – Michael Grant
The Compound – S.A Bodeen

Morton High School Summer Reading List for Sophomores

I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced – Ali Nujood
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Looking for Alaska – John Green
Forged By Fire – Sharon Draper
Ironman – Chris Crutcher
Someone Like You – Sarah Dessen
Twisted – Laurie Halse Anderson
13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher
Before I Die – Jenny Downham
The Hoopster – Alan Lawrence

Movie Review: The Hunger Games – Katniss Has Mad Skills!

 I hope all of you Hunger Games fans had a chance to see the movie. If you haven’t, please note this entry contains spoilers. So stop reading now and come back after you’ve watched.

I loved it! It was true to the book, wasn’t it? Many wonderful performances can be seen in this movie, especially from the smaller roles like Katniss’ mother, her sister Prim, and Gale.

The world of Panem was beautifully rendered; the poverty and despair of  District 12 was clearly shown in the simply made home where Katniss and her family lived, their old threadbare clothing, and Katniss’s willingness to risk her life by climbing through the forbidden wire fence to look for extra food.

The scene where Katniss volunteers as tribute to save her little sister was heart-wrenching. The fact that she is willing to sacrifice her life for her little sister’s is proof that she is not the cold-hearted and aloof girl that she pretends to be.

Effie Trinket surely looked the part, with her fancy costume and hair and makeup, a sharp contrast from the real citizens of District 12. Ceasar Flickerman looked just as I pictured him, with his fake smile and strange hair. Flickerman was perfectly at home in the Capital, decorated with banners of red and gold. The scene where Katniss and Peeta ride their chariot into the arena was breathtaking, the flames streaming out behind them. I loved Cinna’s gold eyeliner, a nice touch for a fashion forward stylist like him and Haymitch tried hard to hide his big heart behind his off-putting personality. President Snow was truly creepy with his poofy white hair and white suits. You know we haven’t seen the last of him.

Here is a great website with in-depth details about the making of the movie. http://hungergamesmovie.org/category/hunger-games-filming/

And  “Catching Fire” will be released November 23, 2012.  For more deets,  go here http://www.catchingfiremovie.net/

Mark your calendars and don’t forget to save the date for our Hunger Games party, Friday night, August 17, 2012 @ The Stickney-Forest View Public Library District. May the odds be ever in your favor…

I Like My Vampires Scary…

Maybe Johnny Depp as the vampire Barnabas isn’t scary-except for his fingernails 😉 But I can’t wait to see the new Dark Shadows movie!

The very first Dark Shadows was an afternoon soap opera during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. It returned in 1991 as a night-time drama/ love story featuring the vampire Barnabas searching for his lost love Josette in present day America. He finds her in Victoria Winters, one of Josette’s descendants. Both of these versions of Dark Shadows are available on DVD.

Vampires are so popular partly due to one named Edward (who isn’t very scary either) but we can never have too many stories about vampires! If you like horror books and want more vampire titles to quench your thirst, here are a few of my favorites you may want to check out.

 Interview With The Vampire and The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

Please don’t judge these great books by the movie. The books are great, impossible to put down. The premise is this: vampires are and have always lived among us and we are just too blind to notice. In Interview, a vampire named Louis is interviewed by an unnamed reporter in New Orleans to whom he tells the colorful tale of his long life. Many of his stories feature another vampire named Lestat.  The series continues in the second book as the reporter can’t help but search for Lestat after Louis has disappeared.

True Blood and the Sookie Sackhouse Books by Charlaine Harris

The Vampire Bill is scary sometimes and we can watch him in the popular tv series True Blood and read about him in the books.

Blood Games by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

 Another great writer of vampire stories is Chelsea Quinn Yarbro who writes a wonderful series about a vampire named Saint Germain. Think of your favorite period in history and chances are there is a Saint Germain book set then. My favorite is Blood Games  in Ancient Rome.

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

My all time favorite vampire book! Writer Ben Mears returns to his hometown to write about the Marsten house, a creepy house that has haunted him since his childhood. Soon people begin to disappear. Ben and Mark Petrie, a young horror movie buff discover the horrible secret about the new owner of the Marsten house. Chills and scares galore!

If you’d like to read the Sookie books or any series, a great website to check out is Fantastic Fiction http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/  Just  type in any author’s name and find biographical information, a list of their books, and it will also list every book in a series in order.

 For example you can look up  Ellen Hopkins’ page  and read about all of her books and view the order in which they were written.

I’ll finally get to see Hunger Games this weekend! I can’t wait. Watch for my review next week…

What If You Only Had 102 Days With Your One True Love?

Stay With Me by Paul Griffin

Cece and Mack are both 15 and are each other’s first love. Cece is a sweet straight A student and Mack is a dog lover who rescues pit bulls and trains them to be family pets. They meet at their after school job at a pizza restaurant.

Both Cece and Mack come from troubled homes and have difficult relationships with their families and become each other’s family. Mack hopes his latest dog, Boo, will help Cece overcome her fear of being bitten and he slowly introduces them to each other and they begin to plan for a future together.

But after learning of a senseless act of violence and cruelty, Mack makes a rash decision that puts their futures in jeopardy and will change both their lives forever.

If you love dogs, if you have difficulties at home, if you always root for the underdog, you will love this book! It is a wonderful story with real characters whom you will remember long after you finish the last page.

Hungry For More Hunger Games??

Have I got the books for you!

                                  

An amazing new series called, “The Last Survivors,” (isn’t that a great title?)

by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Book 1- Life As We Knew ItWhat would happen if a meteor struck the moon and sent it off its orbit? This is the world that 16 year-old Miranda experiences in her rural Pennsylvania home. In addition to dealing with issues like her Mom and Dad getting divorced, growing up, and her Stepmom’s new baby, she must learn to adapt in this very new world with constantly changing weather (it never gets above 50 degrees, even in the Summer months) the collapse of the internet and other methods of communication and the very basic need for supplies and food.  She is smart though, and that takes her a long way.

Book 2- The Dead and The GoneIn the second book, we follow 17 year-old Alex and his younger sisters Briana and Julie as they struggle to survive in a partly deserted apartment building in New York City. Their parents have both died since the meteor struck, and in addition to the unpredictable weather, they are faced with the lack of food and water and spreading disease as they desperately try to survive and find their extended family.

Book 3-This World We Live In-Miranda and Alex’s stories merge as Alex meets Miranda as one of the newcomers to her rural Pennsylvania town. Along with the growing unease about the future and the need to know what happened to their family members, Alex and Miranda’s friendship deepens as they struggle to adapt and survive in the new world.

You can visit Susan Beth Pfeffer’s blog at http://susanbethpfeffer.blogspot.com/  and read about her progress writing the 4th book in the seriesThe Shade of The Moon (and see pictures of her cute kitty)