Today’s review goes under the category of, “If you have not read this yet, this is a “must read.”
Wonder by R.J. Palacio is truly a wonder. Auggie Pullman, a tween born with a number of physical deformities in his face and head, starts his 5th grade year at a private school after being homeschooled for his entire life. The book follows Auggie, his friends, and his family throughout his school year as he deals with transitioning into middle school life and the way he looks.
The way the book is written is that it switches points of view between many of the characters in the book including Auggie himself, his sister, his friends, and his sister’s friends. This is what really makes the book so fantastic. Not only are we getting the story from Auggie’s point of view, but from other characters as well. We can truly see the impact of Auggie and his appearance on other young people in his life. The short chapters and life-like narration and dialogue also help to make this book so enjoyable to read. I recommend seeing the movie as well!
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section under J PALACIO. We also have this book in Large Print, as well as in Audiobook and Playaway format. For “movie night” we also have the DVD available!
Continue reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Today’s recommend read is: Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen by Candace Fleming.
A German shepherd is transformed from Etzel, a police dog in Berlin, to Strongheart, a silent movie star that will need his best acting skills to prove himself innocent of attacking a girl.
Readers who love animals will be interested in this book based on the true story of the German Shepard dog, Strongheart, who was a silent film star in the 1920s. The illustrations throughout are charming and the inclusion of back-matter with photographs of the dog and explanations of which sections are facts and which are embellished should help satisfy the curiosity of young readers.
You can find Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen in the Juvenile Fiction section at J FLEMING.
Have you read The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs? This haunting mystery (with a little fantasy thrown in) has been turned into a movie that will be released at the end of September 2018! We’re going to try and read the book before we see the movie- we still have some time!
The movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, premieres today and once you see it you might find yourself wondering what else you might enjoy as much as Star Wars. Fear not, we have a list of Star Wars books, TV shows, and movies that you can find here at the library:
Star Wars, the Prequel Trilogy: a Graphic Novel – Relive the beginnings of the ultimate tale of good versus evil! Join Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, Yoda, Darth Maul, and the rest of the heroes and villains from the Star Wars universe in this graphic novel collection that retells the prequel trilogy. Juvenile Graphic Novels section J Graphic STAR.
Star Wars Rebels (TV Show) – Continue the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga. It is a dark time in the galaxy as the evil Galactic Empire rules with an iron fist. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruining the lives of its people. A ragtag band of rebels, Ezra, Hera, Kanan, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper, have taken a brave stand against the ruthless oppression of the Empire in a fight to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Juvenile DVD section jDVD STAR.
Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know by Adam Bray – This is crammed with weird and wonderful Star Wars trivia. Find out who cleans the floors of the Death Stars and what takes 1,000 years to digest its victims! From movie-making trivia to quirky facts you never knew, this guide will excite new and old fans alike of Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the Star Wars movies I-VI. Juvenile Nonfiction section j791.437 BRAY.
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! by Tom Angleberger – Presents a retelling of the third Star Wars movie, featuring Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia as they battle the Empire. Juvenile Fiction section J STAR.
With the holiday season around the corner, you’re probably looking to add a new movie to your holiday lineup. It brings to mind the popular holiday book, A Christmas Carol. This spooky classic is so popular, there are at least NINETEEN different movies that have been made :
Well now you can see The Man Who Invented Christmas, which is about the author, Charles Dickens, and how he came to write the story. Charles Dickens is played by Dan Stevens (whom you may recognize from The Beast in Beauty and the Beast). Check it out this weekend!
For this Throwback Thursday I recommend: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.
A bored young boy, Milo, drives his small electric car through a toy tollbooth and finds himself in the Land Beyond. A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.
First published in 1961, The Phantom Tollbooth has been adapted into a movie as well as published as an annotated version. Lovely illustrations just add to the appeal of this witty book about a boy searching for a cure for his boredom.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J JUSTER, and the movie in the Juvenile DVD section at jDVD FIC TOL.
On June 26, 1997 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (also known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US) was published in the United Kingdom. Can you believe that the Harry Potter books are twenty years old?
You can now enjoy the whole world of Harry Potter including books, movies, and the website Pottermore, https://www.pottermore.com/, where you can learn what house you would be sorted into and what your wand would be made of!
On this day, June 20th in 1975 the movie Jaws was released in theaters!
“The story of a great white shark that terrorizes a New England resort town became an instant blockbuster and the highest-grossing film in movie history until it was bested by 1977’s Star Wars. Jaws was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category and took home three Oscars, for Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Sound. The film, a breakthrough for director Spielberg, then 27 years old, spawned three sequels.” http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/jaws-released-2
You can borrow Jaws from the library, or learn more about sharks with books from the Juvenile Nonfiction section at j597.3.
On June 8th in 1984 (33 years ago!) Ghostbusters was released in theaters! History.com reports that it was a huge hit:
Despite its hefty $30 million production budget–an unprecedented amount for a comedy–Ghostbusters was a box-office hit by any standards, beating out Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom to become the second-highest-grossing movie of the year with $229 million, behind only Beverly Hills Cop ($235 million). It was equally well-received by critics; Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, for one,called it “an exception to the general rule that big special effects can wreck a comedy…one of those rare movies where the original, fragile comic vision has survived a multimillion-dollar production.” (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ghostbusters-released)
You can celebrate this accomplishment by borrowing the original Ghostbusters movie or the rebooted version from the library!
On May 2nd, 2008 Iron Man was released in theaters! It earned an estimated $32.5 million on opening day. Can you believe the movie is already 9 years old? You can borrow the movie and many other Iron Man related books, comics, and movies from the library!