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Bookshelf to Big Screen: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Out this month: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks by aliens have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.

Like The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey? Give these read-alikes a try:

  • In the After by Demitria Lunetta
  • Lock In by John Scalzi
  • Positive by David Wellington
  • The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (sequel to The 5th Wave)

Visit the Library’s Web site for more read-alike suggestions!

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Bookshelf to Big Screen: The Big Short by Michael Lewis

Out this month: The Big Short by Michael Lewis


Four outsiders in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of 2008, and then decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

Like The Big Short? Give these read-alikes a try:

  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Debunk It: How to Stay Sane in a World of Misinformation by John Grant
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis
  • Election by Tom Perrotta

Visit the Library’s Web site for more read-alike suggestions!

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Bookshelf to Big Screen: ROOM by Emma Donoghue

Out this month: Room by Emma Donoghue


After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the eleven-by-eleven foot Room that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world.

Like Room? Give these read-alikes a try:

  • Precious Thing by Collette McBeth
  • Descent by Tim Johnston
  • Above by Isla Morley

Visit the Library’s Web site for more read-alike suggestions!

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Stranded on the Red Planet in Andy Weir’s THE MARTIAN!

Being left for dead on Mars is only the first challenge that Mark Watney faces in The Martian by Andy Weir. He needs water … he needs food … and he needs a way to contact Earth if he wants to keep even the slimmest hope of rescue alive. And speaking of alive: just think how his crew, and especially his commander, feel when they realize that they mistakenly abandoned one of their own! The Martian won an 2015 Alex Award, which is given annually to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adult readers. And it’s easy to see why The Martian was a winner. It’s equal parts science, survival, sarcasm, and suspense. The final twenty pages are literally heart-stopping! Here’s a preview for the movie version of The Martian, coming this October:

You do not have to be a science fiction fan to gravitate to this novel from self-proclaimed “space nerd” Andy Weir. It’s a book that everyone will love, so beat the space race and check it out from the library on the first day of school!

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In This District, Hunger’s No Game!

This November, the Library is running our second annual FOOD FOR FINES program. Students who owe a library fine are invited to donate canned or non-perishable food items. Every donated item = $1 in waived library fines!

Students who don’t owe any library fines are also invited to participate. These students may donate cans of food in exchange for a raffle entry for tickets to see THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 1 (or the movie of their choice), which opens on Nov. 21!

All donations will go to a local food bank that is working to fight hunger in our area. Spread the word!

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Great Books with “REEL” Appeal!

If you love reading books with a movie tie-in, this is your year! There are great books being turned into movies even as you read this. But no matter how good the movie turns out to be, you know that the book is ALWAYS better! At least, you will know it after you read some of these phenomenal pageturners. Then, when the movie comes out, you can impress your friends by explaining all the ways the book is best. Here are some of the recommended reads that have movie versions in the works:

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2012)
  • The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (2012)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (2012)
  • World War Z by Max Brooks (2012)
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (2012)
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner (2013)

And the best part of movie versions of these books? MOVIE TIE-IN COVERS, of course! The Hunger Games‘ new cover features the mockingjay emblem in flames:

The Hunger Games

Not to be left out, our favorite trio makes an appearance on the cover of The Hunger Games: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion:

The Hunger Games: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion

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The Breaking Dawn Trailer!

If you’re like me you’re already counting the days until The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I opens. But  November 18, 2011 is still pretty far away, so we’ll have to make do with repeated viewings of the OFFICIAL MOVIE TRAILER, which was just released by Summit Entertainment.

If you’re not sure what’s happening here (what’s with the wedding invitation? who are the Volturi? did that guy just turn into a wolf?) I have a suggestion for you: read the books! Start with Twilight this June, read New Moon and Eclipse over the summer, and finish up with Breaking Dawn just in time for the movie to open! If you’ve already read the complete works of Stephenie Meyer, may I recommend Die for Me by Amy Plum:

Die For MeIt’s a heart-pounding paranormal romance set in … wait, is that the Eiffel Tower?