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.

MOVIE MADNESS 2013

We LOVE going to the movies. Really. This last weekend we watched “Jurassic Park in 3D” at the IMAX. It was awesome sauce. But looking ahead, we are realizing that this movie season is just unreal. So many movies to see, almost one a week for the entire summer.
Here’s our quick list of upcoming movies that we would like to see. What do you think? What romantic films are coming out? Comedies? Which ones do you want to see? Which ones did we miss? Comment below!

Oblivion — Friday, April 19, 2013
Iron Man 3 — Friday, May 03, 2013
Epic — Sunday, May 12, 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness — Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Fast and the Furious 6 — Friday, May 24, 2013
After Earth — Friday, June 07, 2013
Now You See Me — Friday, June 07, 2013
Much Ado About Nothing — Friday, June 07, 2013
Man Of Steel — Friday, June 14, 2013
Monsters University — Friday, June 21, 2013
World War Z — Friday, June 21, 2013
Despicable Me 2 — Wednesday, July 03, 2013
The Lone Ranger — Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Pacific Rim — Friday, July 12, 2013
The Wolverine — Friday, July 26, 2013
Planes — Friday, August 09, 2013
Kick-Ass 2 — Friday, August 16, 2013
Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters — Friday, August 16, 2013

–sent by Michael