The Fault in Our Stars Read-Alikes

In case you have been living under a rock, The Fault In Our Stars is being released on June 6th! If you haven’t read the book yet, there is still time.
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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

Also available as an audiobook on CD, a downloadable e-book, in large print and in Spanish

#tfios #johngreen #thefaultinourstars

 

Here are some other books you can read while you wait for the movie release of TFIOS!
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Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Alice is ready to go out in a blaze of glory, but then she discovers she’s in remission from cancer and she must deal with all of the mistakes she’s made and the people she’s hurt — Publisher’s note

Also available as an audiobook on CD.

 

 

 

Maybe One Day

 

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor.

Zoe thought that being cut from her ballet program was the worst thing that could happen, but when her best friend Olivia is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, Zoe quickly learns that not being able to dance is the least of her problems — Publisher’s note

 

 

 

Before I Die

 

Before I Die by Jenny Downham.

A terminally ill teenaged girl makes and carries out a list of things to do before she dies.

Also available as an audiobook on CD and in large print.

 

 

 

 

Somebody Up There Hates You

 

Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon.

Dying of cancer in a hospice, seventeen-year-old prankster Richard has big plans for his final days.

Also available as a downloadable audiobook and a downloadable e-book.

 

 

 

Anthem for Jackson Dawes

 

Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce.

When Megan, thirteen, arrives for her first cancer treatment, she is frustrated to be on the pediatric unit where the only other teen is Jackson Dawes, who is as cute and charming as he is rebellious and annoying, and who helps when her friends are frightened away by her illness.

 

 

 

The F- It List
The F- It List by Julie Halpern.
When Becca does something nearly unforgivable at Alex’s dad’s funeral, Alex cuts ties with her and focuses on her grieving family. Time passes, and Alex learns Becca has cancer. It also turns out Becca has a bucket list, one she doesn’t know she’ll be able to finish now. That’s where Alex comes in, along with a mysterious and guarded boy who just may help Alex check a few items off her own bucket list.

 

 

Never Eighteen

 

Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic.
Seventeen-year-old Austin, aware that life is short, asks his best friend and secret love, Kaylee, to take him to visit people and places in and around Tacoma, Washington, so that he can try to make a difference in the time he has left.

Also available as a downloadable e-book

 

 

The Probability of Miracles

 

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder.
Having spent several years in and out of hospitals for a life-threatening illness, pragmatic sixteen-year-old Cam is relocated by her miracle-seeking mother to a town in Maine known for its mystical healing qualities.

Also available as an audiobook on CD

 

 

 

Send Me a Sign

 

Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt.
Superstitious before being diagnosed with leukemia, high school senior Mia becomes irrationally dependent on horoscopes, good luck charms, and the like when her life shifts from cheerleading and parties to chemotherapy and platelets, while her parents obsess and lifelong friend Gyver worries.

 

 

 

Me and Earl and  the Dying Girl

 

Me and Earl and
the Dying Girl
by Jesse Andrews.
Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Also available as a downloadable e-book

 

 

This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl

 

This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl; with Lori and Wayne Earl; introduction by John Green.

A memoir told through the journals, letters, and stories of young cancer patient Esther Earl.

Also available as an audiobook on CD and a downloadable e-book

 

 

Regine's Book: A Teen Girl's Last Words
Regine’s Book: A Teen Girl’s Last Words by Regine Stokke.
Regine Stokke began to blog about her day-to-day life shortly after she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008. Regine’s stated purpose with her posts was to give people a sense of “what it’s like to live with” such a serious illness, and her blog became an almost instant classic. It was first adapted into book form in 2010, and became a best seller in Norway. Regine was also a very gifted photographer, and had her photos exhibited at both the 2009 and the 2010 Nordic Light photography festivals in Kristiansund — Dust jacket

 

Click on the picture for the TFIOS trailer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

–Michelle Frost

 

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (2 reviews)

Our first review is by your fellow teen Sara: I DON’T WANT TO SPOIL THE BOOK FOR ANYONE. SO I WILL JUST SAY THAT IT WAS AN AMAZING. FILLED WITH AMAZING DETAILS AND AMAZING CHARACTERS. YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THAT BOOK.

And now a review from librarian Michael Perry:

The Book Thief
“Here’s a small fact: You’re going to die.”
Sometimes a story gets written that endures past the “flash in a pan” stage. There have been some great series that have lasted for a decade or more. Remember “The Princess Diaries”? the whole “Gossip Girl” series? Sure they were fun to read, but if you are thinking of really great books, you probably would be talking about Scott Westerfield’s “the Uglies” series or Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” series or just about anything by John Green.

Keeping that in mind, here’s a book from 2006 that you really have to read. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Told with Death (Yup, Death itself!) as the narrator, this book takes place during World War II in Nazi Germany and explores the life of Liesel, a young girl who ends up in a foster home. At her brother’s funeral, she steals a gravedigger’s handbook. Here’s the twist. Liesel can’t read! Her foster father finds the title and then teaches her to read. Later, during a book burning in the center of town, the mayor is the only one who sees Liesel snatch a book from the pile. He takes a chance with her and shows her his dead son’s library. And there’s more.
The book is fantastic, one of the few that really put you in the place and time of the plot. Liesel comes alive through the pages and you will find yourself staying up into the late hours of the night as you turn pages, following her life.

Get this one. You’ll be glad you did.

The Book Thief on e-book
In addition to the book (on paper) we have this title as a downloadable e-book, a downloadable audiobook and an audiobook on CD. It came out as a movie in late 2013 and was released this spring on DVD and Blu-ray.

Make your own movies!

Do you have that creative itch? The need to visually document what you see around you? To create what you see only in your mind? We do, too. YouTube and Vine showcase talent every day. You KNOW you have it in you, but how do you edit what you record into something for the world to see?

Below are several apps that will let you take the raw video that you have on your device and create masterpieces! Well, something that is watchable, right? Check out the apps below for both iOS (iPads, iPod Touches and iPhones) and Android (phones and tablets) and see if one of them can make you the next Hitchcock. Or Smosh. Or whatever.

iMotion HD (iOS: Free, Upgrade Available)
This app lets you create time-lapse or stop-motion photography. You combine still photos into a movie. Think growing plants or use toys or action figures. Think the Lego Movie! With the full version of the app, users can add music and get access to extra export features like uploading their movie straight to YouTube.
PicPlayPost (iOS: $1.99)
This lets users combine videos and still images. The videos will play either at the same time or in turns. And the still images will be placeholders in the frame. It’s an alternative to a traditional slideshow. Music can be added, too.
Magisto Video Editor & Maker (Android: Free)
Shoot video from inside Magisto, then edit and create a movie, all in one package. Add some music and you’re good to go. To save the movies, you will need to set up an account.
iMovie (iOS: $4.99)
You can edit video that you have already taken with your iPhone or iPad. You can use the built-in themes and templates to add titles, transitions and music. Features include slow motion and panning over still photos.
Andromedia Video Editor (Android: Free)
This app lets you edit video that you have already recorded on your device. You can organize clips, crop video and apply the “Ken Burns” filming technique to still images and videos. You can record audio and even record a narration using the microphone on the device. This app also has several sharing features, too.

–Michael Perry

Divergent – In March, the movie – and Allegiant, the third book, is on order

4420893_HiResIn case you missed it, the first Divergent movie trailer was released on Sunday night during the VMA preshow.

Here’s the trailer in all of it’s YouTubeness glory.

For those who haven’t read the trilogy by Veronica Roth on which the movie is based, the trailer makes an attempt at explaining the books’ complicated mythology: In the future, people are sorted by personality in order to be best subjugated by society. Woodley’s character, Tris Prior, is, however, ‘Divergent’ — someone not easily sorted and thus a threat. It’s a little much to explain in just a little more than a minute… but, knife-throwing! — Time online

Divergent is due in theaters on March 21, 2014.

Can’t wait to watch the film? Hey, the book is *always* better in our opinion.  Check out what we have in the collection here at Indianapolis Public Library!

DIVERGENT

Divergent

 

The book

 

The audiobook on CD

 

The downloadable e-book

 

The downloadable audiobook

 

FREE FOUR

Free Four on downloadable e-book.

This is a novella, in which a pivotal Divergent scene is retold from another point of view.

INSURGENT

Insurgent

The book

 

The audiobook on CD

 

The downloadable e-book

 

The downloadable audiobook

ALLEGIANT

Book 3, Allegiant, is on order. Due out October 22.

Happy reading and remember: “what makes you different, makes you dangerous…..”

– Janet Spaulding, MIchael Perry

Tiger Eyes at the Movies

We’ve talked about summer movies in a past blog, but this one almost passed us by! Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes has been made into a movie and it’s coming out June 7th. It stars Willa Holland as Davey, Amy Jo Johnson (former Felicity star) as Davey’s mom, Cynthia Stevenson as Bitsy and Tatanka Means (The Host) as Wolf.

Tiger EyesIf you don’t remember the book, here’s a quick review: Davey is a girl whose life is turning upside down. Her dad was killed in a robbery, her mom has decided to move to New Mexico to start over, and Davey has no anchors in her life anymore. Hiking in the neighboring canyons, she meets a mysterious boy named Wolf. He leads her on a path of self-discovery, forgiveness and healing, but the journey is so hard. Will she make it?

The author’s son is the director, we hope that helps keep the movie close to the book. Here’s a link to the trailer.

Can’t wait? Want to read it now? Here you go: Tiger Eyes.

Tiger Eyes on CD
And Tiger Eyes is also available as an audiobook on CD, a downloadable e-book, and a
downloadable audiobook.

 

Other good Judy Blume titles for you to read:

Forever

 

Forever

 

 

Just as Long As We’re Together

 

Just as Long As We’re Together

 

 

Then Again, Maybe I Won’t

 

Then Again, Maybe I Won’t

See you at the Library!

 

This post was sent by Janet Spaulding and Michael.