Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Silver by Chris Wooding

Review from http://naomibates.blogspot.com/2014/04/silver-by-chris-wooding.html
Monday, April 28, 2014
Silver by Chris Wooding

Scholastic Press, 2013
Adam, Paul, Mark, Erika and Caitlyn….all of them attend Mooringham Boarding Academy. These students have a web of relationships from enemies to friends, love to hate. The one thing that binds them together is the solitude of the Academy. Cell phones don’t have signals, and the nearest town is a long walk no student is interested in. But the academy has more than enough to keep their students academically challenged, well-fed and healthy. Mr. Harrison, the headmaster, is not very pleased with Paul, the newest student to the Academy. Together, they possess a relationship of disdain and noncommittal acknowledgement of each other.

One day, Mr. Sutton, a mild-mannered science teacher, take his students out to the fields to find insects and it’s here where one of his students encounters a peculiar beetle. And that single small beetle is the beginning of the nightmare for those who survive the rampant horror and death at Mooringham Boarding Academy.

Those who are lucky aren’t bitten. Those who are begin a strange metamorphosis. Their skin begins to turn silver and their veins look more like tech cables. Slowly, the bitten are losing their humanity to become zombie-like cyborgs with one mission in mind – create new machines for the collective. Adam uses his brute strength to fight while Paul becomes a leader through quick thinking. Mark lets his intelligence protect him and the others while Erika’s physical traits gets her further along in the game. And then there’s Caitlyn….

If you have readers who need the next sci-fi for young adults, hand them this book. A page-turner from start to finish, Wooding comes back into the world of YA with another great story that will create even more followers to his other books. The imagery he writes about is one that I could easily picture in Technicolor in my mind. Wooding runs that gamut from horror to romance, nanotechnology to humanity in one thrill fest of a read. What is equally rewarding are the characters Wooding creates, which makes this a read for both genders. It left me with the question, “Will there be a sequel?” Recommended for JH-HS

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

8th Grade Diary Becomes Book Deal

An incentive to keep on writing!!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5th Wave to be a Movie

Chloe Grace Moretz Closes Deal to Star in The 5th Wave
Source: Sony Pictures
April 15, 2014

Sony Pictures Entertainment has closed a deal with Chloe Grace Moretz to star in the film adaptation of the bestselling novel The 5th Wave, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. An original approach to an alien invasion movie, the film will be directed by J Blakeson, with a screenplay by Susannah Grant, based on the book by Rick Yancey. Graham King will produce through GK Films along with Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe through his Material Pictures.

Chloe Grace Moretz Closes Deal to Star in The 5th Wave - ComingSoon.net

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April celebrates the 50's

April celebrates the 50s!

Fun facts:

First modern credit card introduced
First organ transplant
First "Peanuts" cartoon strip
Color TV introduced
Car seat belt introduced
Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen at age 25
DNA discovered
Roger Bannister breaks the four-minute mile
Disneyland opens
McDonald's Corp founded
Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus
Elvis gyrates on the Ed Sullivan Show
TV remote control invented
Velcro introduced
Dr Seuss publishes The Cat in the Hat
Hula Hoops become popular
LEGO Toy bricks first introduced
NASA founded
Peace symbol created
The Sound of Music opens on Broadway
Average Salary: $2,992
Cost of a loaf of bread: $0.14

Resources: http://kclibrary.lonestar.edu/decade50.html and http://history1900s.about.com/od/timelines/tp/1950timeline.htm

Sneak Peak at The Fault in our Stars

Here’s a link to the sneak peak of The Fault in Our Stars that aired during the MTV Movie Awards last night.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Monster Calls to be a Movie

Focus Features Sets A Monster Calls for October 14, 2016
Source: Focus Features
April 9, 2014

Focus Features has set director Juan Antonio Bayona's A Monster Calls for a wide release on October 14, 2016. Based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel by Patrick Ness (the "Chaos Walking" trilogy), the film will be produced by Belen Atienza.

Read more: Focus Features Sets A Monster Calls for October 14, 2016 - ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=116965#ixzz2ySCwSYbY


Dotti Enderle
/Dax Varley

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Eleanor and Park to Be a Movie