I love how many new interpretations of the fairy tales are around right now-from Grimm on television to Snow White and the Huntsman movie to BOOKS (!). These reinventions brings us back to childhood, but in a whole new gory/mind-bending way. I recently started reading Maria Tatar‘s history of the Grimm Brothers and found it fascinating. Here are some other books to explore (with links to the author’s websites): Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve recently really been interested in sci-fi and action (or a combination of both) like the Matrix, so I kind of put off watching the animations that I said I would. So when we rented Ponyo from Blockbuster, I was kind of ambivalent.
Ten minutes into the movie, I wondered why I had not watched this movie when it first came out. Read the rest of this entry »
Airborn, Book One of the Matt Cruse Series by Kenneth Oppel
Matt Cruse is a cabin boy aboard the Aurora, a luxury airship. But it isn’t only the salary that keeps him up there; it’s the fact that he feels most at home in the sky – airborn. “Lighter than air,” they say, “That’s our young Matt Cruse.” And since, well, forever, Matt has believed that if he fell from the sky, he would be indeed lighter than air and be able to fly. Read the rest of this entry »
Based on Ned Vizzini’s book of the same title, It’s Kind Of A Funny Story is about a boy named Craig. Craig is overwhelmed by school, girls, the world. Basically, Craig is overwhelmed by everything. Craig is clinically depressed.
One night, when everything seems too much for him, Craig checks himself into the psychiatric ward at the nearest hospital. While there (a mandatory stay of five days), he meets people with a multitude of psychiatric disorders. Ultimately, what Craig gains is perspective — his life is pretty good, after all — but it’s the people he meets “inside” who help him to discover that.
I have high hopes for this movie, because I absolutely loved the book. The movie, starring Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts and Zach Galifianakis (North Carolina’s own funnyman) opens this Friday, October 8, and will be shown locally at the Colony Theatres in Raleigh. After you’ve seen it, come back and tell us what you thought!
~~ Katy @ CAM
Now is the perfect time to read this series! Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares chronicles the summers of four best friends. They share a pair of jeans through the summer and it gives them the strength to face their fears and move forward with their lives. Read the rest of this entry »
Want to win prizes for doing fun things on your summer vacation?
Here’s what you have to do:
Starting June 1*, go to your local library and pick up a Teen Summer Contest kit and register. Then, start earning tickets that will go into drawings for prizes. The more tickets you earn, the better your chances are of winning something!
- A calendar to keep track of how much time you spend reading
- A booklist to get you started
- A fun origami game
There are a number of different ways to earn tickets:
Read! Every 2 hours you read = 1 ticket. And don’t limit your reading to books; try magazines, newspapers, blogs, fan fiction, whatever.
Go! Have fun at a library event. See what your library has planned for you this summer. 1 event = 1 ticket
Write! Compose book reviews or blog posts for the library’s teen blog, Flip the Switch: Teens Awake. Take a look at the blog and see what kinds of posts others have written. Send your reviews and blog posts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to include your name, age, and which library branch you go to most often. 1 entry = 1 ticket
Talk! Ask your local librarian for more ways to earn tickets at your local library!
Of course you want to know what you’re competing for, right? Prizes include:
- Books! Some are autographed by the author!
- Coupons to local eateries such as Chick-Fil-A and Goodberry’s
- Art supplies from Jerry’s Artarama
- Flash drives
- Tickets to see the Carolina Rollergirls
- Games, keychains, bookmarks, buttons and random trinkets
- Check with your library branch for other prizes they may have for the prize pack
- The contest is open to Wake County teens ages 12-18. If you are under 12, check out our kids’ summer reading program.
- Register for the contest at your local library branch.
- Once you’re ready, get tickets at the library. Fill it out there and give it to a staff member.
- There is no limit on the number of tickets you can earn.
- Each library may be doing their prize drawings at different times of the summer. Check with your local library to see when they will be doing theirs.
*Most library branches are starting their contest on June 1, but call your branch for exact contest dates.