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Swoon by Nina Malkin

From Booklist
Swoon, Connecticut, stands proudly on its heritage and the good behavior of its Lilly Pulitzer–clad inhabitants, so semi-psychic New York transplant Candice (Dice) sticks out like a sore thumb. On the autumnal equinox, Dice’s sweet and gentle cousin Penelope suddenly changes into a dangerous vixen, and only Dice is able to see that she has been possessed. Dice knows she must exorcise Sinclair, the ghost of a handsome young man from the colonial era, but she has fallen deeply in love with the appropriately nicknamed Sin. Finally, Dice follows Sin’s directions for an exorcism, which frees Penelope from his hold and releases Sin into his own physical form. The golem-like Sin finally reveals his goal: to exact revenge on the descendants of those who unjustly hung him for the murder of his fiancĂ©e. Since Sin awakens the quaint town’s denizens to all of their suppressed urges, this steamy and suspenseful romance with a psychic slant and time-travel twist will pull mature teens. The paranormal angle and several star-crossed love pairings will appeal to fans of the Twilight series. Grades 10-12. --Heather Booth

Rating 5 out of 5
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Inheritance Countdown

Paolini's Final 'Inheritance Cycle' Book Revealed
By John A. Sellers
Mar 23, 2011

More than a decade in the making, Christopher Paolini’s bestselling Inheritance Cycle draws to a close this fall with the publication of the fourth and final book, Inheritance, which Knopf Books for Young Readers will publish on November 8. Random House has announced a 2.5 million–copy first printing for the book. “The burning questions asked by fans around the world will finally be answered in this last installment,” said Paolini in a statement about the new book. “All will be revealed!”
Paolini’s is quite the publishing success story: he began writing the first book in the Inheritance Cycle, Eragon, at age 15, and self-published it through Lightning Source. Then Knopf signed up the book and published it in fall 2003 (when Paolini was 20), followed by Eldest (2005) and Brisingr (2008). Combined, the books have sold 25 million copies worldwide, and Eragon was made into a 2006 film that grossed more than $75 million in the U.S. and nearly $250 million globally.

“The publication of Inheritance brings a dramatic and satisfying close to one of the best-loved fantasy series in recent publishing history,” said Nancy Hinkel, v-p and publishing director and Knopf BFYR. Executive editor Michelle Frey edited Inheritance along with the three preceding books. Inheritance will be published simultaneously in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand; in the U.S. audio and e-book versions will also be available on November 8. Knopf is planning a 10-city tour for Paolini, beginning on the book’s pub date in New York City.

Diana Wynne Jones, Author of Howls Moving Castle

Diana Wynne Jones, Author of Howl's Moving Castle, Has Died
March 26, 2011 01:10 PM EDT

British fantasy and science fiction writer Diana Wynne Jones has reportedly died. Jones, author of the wildly popular 1986 fantasy novel Howl's Moving Castle, is said to have passed away on Saturday after a long battle with cancer. Jones' death is a huge loss in the literary world and for millions of fans who have cherished Jones' many books through the decades.

Diana Wynne Jones' fans took to Twitter to spread the news of her death, and to offer kind words about the Dark Lord of Derkholm and Year of the Griffin author.

Among those fans: Neil Gaiman, author of such well-known works as American Gods, Coraline and The Graveyard Book. Gaiman Tweeted about his friend's death early on Saturday, saying, "Rest in Peace, Diana Wynne Jones. You shone like a star. The funniest, wisest, writer and the finest friend" and adding simply, "I miss you."

Diana Wynne Jones was not sitting idle after her 2009 lung cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatments for the disease. According to reports, Jones was still writing and, around the time of her death, was "in the midst of a book, with plans for another." One can only hope that Jones' words find their way to fans in coming years, offering them more spectacular stories to spark the imagination., A

Thursday, March 24, 2011


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Monday, March 21, 2011

Divergent to be a movie

Summit Picks Up Veronica Roth's Divergent
Source: Summit Entertainment March 18, 2011

Summit Entertainment has picked up the film rights to Veronica Roth's novel "Divergent," which hits stores in May. Red Wagon's Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher will produce the adaptation.

The book is described as follows:

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Roth comment on the announcement, "My experience with the people at Summit has been very positive so far - I think they have a great vision for the book, one that is close to my own. I also think they're no strangers to taking risks, which is important to me."

"Many wonderful people will be working hard to bring a movie to fruition," she added, "I will wait patiently and see what happens. (Okay, that's a lie. I will wait impatiently and see what happens.)"

Dotti Enderle
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CROSSWIRE (Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek)
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Solitary by Alexander Gorden Smith

Solitary (Escape from Furnace, Book 2) by Alexander Gordon Smith

* Hardcover: 240 pages
* Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (December 21, 2010)

Amazon Description:

Alex Sawyer and his mates should have known there was no way out of Furnace Penitentiary. Their escape attempt only lands them deeper in the guts of this prison for young offenders, and then into solitary confinement. And that's where a whole new struggle begins—a struggle not to let the hellish conditions overwhelm them. Because before another escape attempt is even possible, they must first survive the nightmare that now haunts their endless nights.

Almost from the get go my heart was in my throat when reading this book. The first in the series, Lockdown, left off in a very tense situation and that continues on in Solitary. The story picks up after the explosion and the fall into the river. Alex and his friends venture into unknown territory in an attempt to escape the horrors of Furnace, but as the title of the book suggests, they fail and are put in solitary...a place meant to break their will and their minds. Darkness, Black Suits, twisted monsters and more. It is a struggle to keep sane, but Alex is given hope and the possibility of escape.

The opening line of the book is "I have a confession. I am not a good person." Alex starts things off by reminding us that he is a criminal and feels he deserves to be where he is. It is easy to forget that he isn't some innocent kid locked away to face the hellish Furnace. He is the "hero" of the book and you root for him. You want him to escape. Yes the crime that got him put in Furnace was not committed by him (he was framed by the Black Suits), but he definitely was a criminal. I have to disagree with his opinion that he deserves to be in a place like Furnace though. No one deserves the nightmares of that place.

Aside from the characters, the prison itself is intriguing. A little more is revealed about the workings of Furnace and we learn things CAN get worse than we thought. The depravities being committed by the wheezers is enough to make your heart beat out of your chest. The close calls Alex and his friends have in the halls and caves of the prison is terrifying. Solitary is like a roller coaster ride where you are looming at the top about to take a steep drop. The anticipation of what will happen next is almost overwhelming.

Rating 8 out of 10
Reading Next Swoon by Nina Malkin

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hunger Games--the movie!!

Jennifer Lawrence the Frontrunner for The Hunger Games?
Source: Variety March 3, 2011

Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone, upcoming X-Men: First Class), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Abigail Breslin are all contenders for the lead role of Katniss Everdeen in Lionsgate's adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, reports Variety.

The trade says that Lawrence (pictured left) has generated the most interest from producers, though no offer has been made. Age is said to be an important factor as the character is described as a woman between 15 and 20. Lawrence is 20 while Steinfeld and Breslin are both 14.

In The Hunger Games, a dystopic Capitol requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl who are forced to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. When Katniss Everdeen's little sister is chosen in the lottery, Katniss volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home.

Gary Ross will direct the March 23, 2012 release from a script by Billy Ray.

Dotti Enderle
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Fox 2000 Does Taylor Lautner Deal For 'Incarceron'

By MIKE FLEMING | Thursday December 9, 2010 @ 3:34pm ESTTags: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Fox 2000, Fox 2000 Incarceron, Incarceron, John Palermo, Movie Deals, Movies, Taylor Lautner, Taylor Lautner Incarceron
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Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Twilight Saga's Taylor Lautner has become attached to star in Incarceron, the Fox 2000 adaptation of the Catherine Fisher young adult novel. The film is being written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage, who are among the writers behind the Brett Ratner-directed Universal comedy Tower Heist, and who are writing Moby Dick for Timur Bekmambetov and Moses for Fox and Peter Chernin.

Lautner will play Finn, who has lived his entire life on Incarceron, a savage, futuristic prison society. He meets the daughter of the warden, who is trapped in her own prison, a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like the 17th Century. She knows nothing of Incarceron except that it exists. She and Finn simultaneously find a crystal key that allows them to communicate and hatch an escape plan for Finn. The film will be produced by John Palermo and Lautner is likely to become involved as a producer as well.

Aside from the final two Twilight Saga films being directed by Bill Condon, Lautner starred in Abduction, the John Singleton-directed thriller from Lionsgate. He's also booked to star as Stretch Armstrong in the Universal Pictures/Hasbro film. He's repped by WME and Management 360.

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