Sneak peak: The Great Gatsby Movie Trailer

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Warner Bros. Studios released this week a sneak peak at the movie adaption to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby. Filmed in Sydney, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardio DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, the movie is set for release in December 2012.

Did you like the movie trailer to The Great Gatsby? Do you think the  movie will live up to expectations? How might the film compare to the classic American novel? Are you excited to see actor Leonardo DiCaprio star as Gatsby?

Let us know what you think? Make a comment below.


Review: War Horse

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Joey, a thoroughbred horse, starts off life as a working horse in England but quickly finds himself confronted with the battlefields of Germany during World War I. War Horse is a re-released novel by British children’s and young adult author Michael Morpurgo and is a tie in with the movie directed by Stephen Spielberg. It is a tale of the special bond between Joey and a young boy named Albert and is told from Joey’s perspective. 

 

Joey as a colt is sold to an often bad-tempered and drunk farmer. Luckily for Joey, the farmer’s son Albert loves and cares for Joey. However Albert’s father sells Joey to the British Army to be trained as a cavalry horse during World War I. Albert is devastated and pledges to find Joey. At 16, Albert enlists in the British Army, but lies about his age in order to find Joey.

 

War Horse is a beautifully written story and is an engaging read for students in Years 7 and 8, but is equally enthralling for adults. The 182-page book is broken up into 21 short chapters making it easily accessible to students.

War Horse the film will be released on DVD on May 2, 2012. Check out the movie trailer below.

Mrs Morris.

 


Loved the movie?… Read the book!

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The Descendants
by Kaui  Hart Hemmings

Narrated in a bold, fearless, unforgettable voice and set against the lush, panoramic backdrop of Hawaii, The Descendants is a stunning debut novel about an unconventional family forced to come together and re-create its own legacy. Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors were financially and culturally progressive–one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners.
Now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control: Ten-year-old Scottie is a smart-ass with a desperate need for attention, and seventeen-year-old Alex, a former model, is a recovering drug addict. Matt’s charismatic, thrill-seeking, high-maintenance wife, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident and will soon be taken off life support. The Kings can hardly picture life without her, but as they come to terms with this tragedy, their sadness is mixed with a sense of freedom that shames them–and spurs them into surprising actions.
Before honoring Joanie’s living will, Matt must gather her friends and family to say their final goodbyes, a difficult situation made worse by the sudden discovery that there is one person who hasn’t been told: the man with whom Joanie had been having an affair, quite possibly the one man she ever truly loved. Forced to examine what he owes not only to the living but to the dead, Matt takes to the road with his daughters to find his wife’s lover, a memorable journey that leads to both painful revelations and unforeseen humor and growth…
(From Goodreads.com)           

Genre:  Family / Drama / Humour

                                      
                                                                                                   The Woman in Black
                                                                                                          by Susan Hill

 A classic ghost story: the chilling tale of a menacing specter haunting a small English town. Arthur Kipps is an up-and-coming London solicitor who is sent to Crythin Gifford–a faraway town in the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway–to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of a client, Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. Mrs. Drablow’s house stands at the end of the causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but Kipps is unaware of the tragic secrets that lie hidden behind its sheltered windows. The routine business trip he anticipated quickly takes a horrifying turn when he finds himself haunted by a series of mysterious sounds and images–a rocking chair in a deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap, a child’s scream in the fog, and, most terrifying of all, a ghostly woman dressed all in black.
(From: The book smugglers.com) (website) 

Genre:  Thriller / Horror / Ghosts

Other Reviews…
‘A rattling good yearn, the sort that chills the mind as well as the spine’ — “Guardian”
‘She writes with great power… Authentically chilling’ — “Daily Telegraph”
‘An excellent ghost story… magnificently eerie… compulsive reading’ — “Evening Standard”
‘Heartstoppingly chilling’ Daily Express
(Published from Amazon)

Come to the library and reserve your copy!   🙂 

Mrs. Robinson