Books into Films News!

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Prefer reading the book before seeing the film?

Make sure you get in early so that you can see it on the big screen!

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell will open in October, however the trailer has just been released and it’s epic, it’s left me speechless.

Coming in September … 

Total Recall based on Philip K Dick’s short story ‘We Can Remember It For You Wholesale’ starring Colin Farrell. (Sci-Fi)

The Perks of Being A Wallflower based on Stephen Chbosky’s classic young adult novel. (Coming of Age)

Lawless adapted from Matt Bondurant’s novel The Wettest County in the World. (Historical Action)


Other book-to-films well worth the wait …

Peter Jackson’s production of The Hobbit by Tolkien (first in a trilogy, to be released Boxing Day) (Fantasy)

Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi  directed by Ang Lee (released January).

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby will be directed by Baz Luhrmann (released January) . (Classic and Historical)

Like to be published at 15?

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At just 15 years of age Christopher Paolini finished his first novel, Eragon.

Watch this fabulous and inspirational talk from Christopher about writing, growing up in Alaska, being home-schooled and about his little winks in his writing to many of his geek favourites.

An entertaining and informative video from the Wheeler Centre well worth a watch!


Book Review: Girl, Missing

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Want a thrilling, fast paced, action adventure with high drama and suspense? Author Sophie McKenzie has crafted an unput-downable read.

The story opens with the central character Lauren receiving an English task on the topic ‘Who Am I?’

Knowing she was adopted at a young age, Lauren asks her parents about her biological mother but gets very little information, they get very anxious when she brings it up and would rather avoid the topic. So Lauren decides to do her own investigating … a simple Google search leads her to a missing childrens’ website …. where she finds a picture of a young girl that looks just like her at 4, and born only days away from her birthday.

This sets Lauren off on a dangerous journey to find the truth … dangerous because some people will stop at nothing to hide the truth.

Genres: Crime, Thriller, Adventure, (some Romance).

More information about the book here.

We have two copies in the library and the sequel too: Sister, Missing (playlist here)


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Exciting Hunger Games Preview!!

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We are currently awaiting the very much anticipated Hunger Games film preview.

If you haven’t read the series yet, you MUST get your hands on a copy before 23rd March 2012. Ask Santa for a copy, pool your lunch money, … do whatever you have to!

Three words to describe it …. dystopian ….twists …  thrilling! (With a sprinkling of romance 🙂

Producers Lionsgate have said that “…in an attempt to preserve the anticipation and mystery that fans are relishing, the trailer only shows footage from the first half of the film, chronicalling events leading up to but not including the Games themselves. After giving fans their first look at all the book’s beloved characters brought to life, giving viewers who haven’t read the book vital information about the world of Panem, the trailer ends with an electrifying cliffhanger right as Katniss enters the arena.”

 More information is being revealed about the new film. Check out the very impressive website here and watch the great trailer.

Visit the Capitol website –

This is a must read! You have been warned!

Ms Cross

New YA Thriller!!

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This was a novel I have been excitedly waiting in anticipation for – Harlan Coben’s first young adult thriller Shelter… and I wasn’t disappointed! Coben is well known for his masterful suspense and plot twists in the best selling adult crime series starring part-time detective Myron Bolitar.

Shelter is the first book in this new young adult series and is a clever spin-off with the protagonist being Myron’s nephew Mickey Bolitar (who appeared in his last novel Live Wire). Mickey is fifteen, level-headed, daring, gutsy, and all this with a conscience.

He forms an unlikely trio with unique and very likable side-kicks who assist him in solving the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend and the cryptic messages from the strange ‘bat lady’ in his street. Intrigue and mystery spiral out to reveal a complex web of crime solving action that is linked to a major historical event. With moments of laugh-out-loud humour, there are twists, red-herrings, multiple plot lines, and a sense of very real danger. However, the story isn’t as dark or sinister as the cover appears to be.

A fast, page-turning, edge-of-your-seat-the-whole-time read with suspense and shades of noir hard-boiled crime.  I thoroughly enjoyed Shelter, and I’m eagerly waiting for the next book in the series. Although pitched at Yr 9/10 readers, this novel will appeal to all young adults, and adults looking for a different fast paced crime mystery. It’s the perfect introduction for a life-time love of crime fiction.

Go to the Mickey Bolitar website and watch the book trailer –

Book  Blurb:

“Mickey Bolitar’s year can’t get much worse. After witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, he’s forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools.

A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey’s train-wreck of a life is finally improving – until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley’s trail into a gritty underworld that reveals that this seemingly sweet, shy girl isn’t who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey’s father. Soon, Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it makes high school drama seem like a luxury – and leaves him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew.”

Interested in sharing authors with your daughter?

Recently we’ve seen a flux of adult crime writers spinning off into young adult territory …

John Grisham author of The Pelican Brief , The Firm and many many more … writes his first young adult novel Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. The teenage son of lawyers solves the crimes and mysteries of his classmates. The second book The Abduction has just been released. Yr 7/8.

Kathy Reichs—author of the novel series that have rise to the TV series Bones. Reichs has written her first YA novel Virals starring Tory Brennan, the niece of her print-famous adult protagonist, Temperance Brennan. Crime solving filled with forensic science and action. The second book Seizure has just been released.  Yr 7-9.

James Patterson— branches more into the adventure genre with YA three series—Maximum Ride (urban fantasy), Daniel X (aliens), and Witch & Wizard (fantasy). Yr7-9.

All of the above YA books are available in the College Library.

Happy reading!

Ms Cross.