“Insurgent” by Veronica Roth, (and the Library’s Teen Films July 1 – 7)

Insurgent

Insurgent picks up where Divergent left off….right in the middle of the action. From start to finish, this sequel packs the same kind of punch as the first book. In the not-too-distant future, the city of Chicago has been divided into five distinct factions. All are separate but equally important to society…until one faction tries to destroy the others. 16-year-old Tris Prior is fighting alongside others who want to stop a war from escalating. She feels a strong allegiance to several factions. But overwhelming guilt and sorrow for things in her past cloud Tris’s judgment until she can no longer trust her own instincts. With death and destruction all around her, Tris has to summon bravery, reason, and humanity….qualities she is not so sure she possesses. Now she must decide how to fight this war—as an insider or an outsider.

A powerful and worthy sequel.

And here are the teen movies we’ll be showing July 1 – 7. Click on any title to see where else it will be playing this summer.

Madea’s Big Happy Family

Glendale

Tue., July 3, 6:00 pm

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Warren

Fri., July 6, 1:00 pm

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Fountain Square

Fri., July 6, 2:00 pm

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Decatur

Fri., July 6, 3:00 pm

Madea’s Big Happy Family

Eagle

Sat., July 7, 2:00 pm

War Horse

College Avenue

Sat., July 7, 2:00 pm

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Brightwood

Sat., July 7, 2:00 pm

“Divergent” by Veronica Roth (And the Library’s Teen Films June 24-30)

DivergentDivergent is a sharply-written first novel by a recent Northwestern Un. Grad. This teen SF novel will be popular with the same readers who liked The Hunger Games series, especially young women looking for a strong heroine breaking away from a limited existence and facing difficult and deadly odds.

In the generations after a war which has destroyed much of Chicago, the residents have divided into 5 “factions”, each based on a philosophical principle. Beatrice, just turned 16, has grown up in the Abnegation faction, which believes that selfishness was the cause of the disasters of the past and that denial of self and focus on others is the key to avoiding future conflicts. The other factions are Dauntless (pro-bravery), Erudite (pro-education and research), Candor (pro-honesty), and Amity (pro-peace). The different factions tend to do different jobs within the community of factions. E.g., Abnegation provides government leaders, Erudite provide teachers and scientists, Dauntless provides security and defense, etc.

Once a year all of the 16 year-olds go through aptitude tests to inform them about which faction matches their personality. They can choose to remain with their families, or choose the faction that matches their aptitude results, or go against both and choose something else. They then become initiates in the faction they choose. If they do not choose or if they fail to fit into their choice, they become “factionless” and have to live outside the norms of this society, driving trucks, doing manual labor, even perhaps being homeless and impoverished (although we see little evidence that the members of the factions have any true understanding of what life outside the factions is like).

Beatrice is told secretly during her aptitude tests that she is “Divergent” and to never tell anyone. It appears to mean someone who doesn’t clearly fit any one faction but who has characteristics of more than one. The real meaning turns out to be much more significant than that. Beatrice chooses “Dauntless” and then discovers that all of the new initiates have to pass a severe series of trials of their physical and mental toughness. Not all will pass. The losers will become factionless.

Beatrice finds her toughness but also finds hints that this society of factions has the potential to come apart violently.

Very exciting, page-turning story with good main characters, although the “villains” are stereotyped. Still, not many flaws for a first novel and the energy of the story and writing style carry the reader over any beginner bumps. There is a level of violence similar to that of The Hunger Games. The second book, Insurgent, was just released. We’ll be eager to read that, too. It will be reviewed next week.

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Here are next week’s teen movies. Click on any title to see where else it is playing this summer.

Real Steel

Pike

Tue., June 26, 5:45 pm pm

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Southport

Wed., Jun 27, 6:00 pm

Stomp the Yard

Decatur

Fri., Jun 29, 3:00 pm

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Spades Park

Fri., June 29, 3:00 pm

Footloose

College Avenue

Sat., Jun 30, 2:00 pm

War Horse

Eagle

Sat., Jun 30, 2:00 pm

Real Steel

Brightwood

Sat., June 30, 2:00 pm

Awaken, by Katie Kacvinsky (and next week´s movie schedule)

AwakenWhat if you never had to leave your house unless you really wanted to? You could get meals delivered, socialize online, and even go to a Digital School online. It would be so easy to hide behind a screen, and keep the real you to yourself. However, would it make you less human? In Maddie’s world, the outside is seen as dangerous, and it’s safer to stay indoors. Her own father is the founder of the Digital School, which makes it possible for kids to go to school via technology, instead of in person. Maddie is happy in her technological cocoon, until she meets Justin. A group that Justin is part of wants to go back to a more “human” way of doing things….slow down and unplug. Awaken is a very interesting book, it’ll stay with you long after you read it.

 

And here are next week’s movies. Click on any title to see where else it is playing this summer.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Pike

Tue., Jun 12, 5:45 pm

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Glendale

Tue., Jun 12, 6:00 pm

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Southport

Wed., Jun 13, 5:30 pm

Footloose

Decatur

Fri., Jun 15, 3:00 pm

Real Steel

Spades Park

Fri., June 15, 3:00 pm

War Horse

Infozone at the Children’s Museum

Sat., Jun 16, 1:00 pm

Joyful Noise

College Avenue

Sat., Jun 16, 2:00 pm

Joyful Noise

Eagle

Sat., Jun 16, 2:00 pm

Footloose

Brightwood

Sat., Jun 16, 2:00 pm

Summer Reading Goes Steampunk

Summer is almost here and with that comes the Summer Reading Program. This year`s theme is Gear Up for Good. We will be getting Steampunked out at all the branches and Central Library. We also have a new component this summer that allows you to read away your library fines. It is called an Earn to Learn card. We want to give everyone under eighteen a fresh start.

 

 There is more to do too. There is a series of films being offered at branches across the county just for you. Also you can`t miss the Steampunk Inventors Journal Workshop. The journals are definitely one of a kind. You need to register for the journal workshop, but not the films.

 

Here are the films that will be shown next week, beginning Tuesday, June 5th. You can click any title to see where else it will be playing this summer.

Real Steel

Glendale

Tue., Jun 5, 2012  5:30 pm

Joyful Noise

Southport

Wed., Jun 6, 2012  6:00 pm

Madea’s Big Happy Family

Warren

Fri., Jun 8, 2012  1:00 pm

Madea’s Big Happy Family

Decatur

Fri., Jun 8, 2012  3:00 pm

Stomp the Yard

College Avenue

Sat., Jun 9, 2012  2:00 pm

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Brightwood

Sat., Jun 9, 2012  2:00 pm

Teen Movies This Summer

Here’s a list of our summer films for teens. Click on any title to see where & when it’s playing.

FOOTLOOSE

PG-13; 113 minutes; 2011
City kid Ren MacCormack moves to a small town where rock ‘n’ roll and dancing have been banned. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter in the process.

 

JOYFUL NOISE

PG-13; 118 minutes; 2012
G.G. Sparrow faces off with her choir’s newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill, over the group’s direction as they head into a national competition.

 

MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY

PG-13; 105 minutes; 2011
Madea jumps into action when her niece, Shirley, receives distressing news about her health. All Shirley wants is to gather her three adult children around her and share the news as a family. It’s up to Madea, with the help of the equally rambunctious Aunt Bam, to gather the clan together and make things right the only way she knows how: with a lot of tough love, laughter … and the revelation of a long-buried family secret.

 

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL

PG-13; 82 minutes; 1987
Blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, IMF operative Ethan Hunt is disavowed along with the rest of the agency when the President initiates ‘Ghost Protocol’. Left without any resources or backup, Ethan must find a way to clear his agency’s name and prevent another attack. To complicate matters further, Ethan is forced to embark on his mission with a team of fellow IMF fugitives whose personal motives he does not fully know.

 

REAL STEEL

PG-13; 127 minutes; 2011
Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000 pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in a brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.

 

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

PG-13; 129 minutes; 2011
Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large—Professor Moriarty—and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective.

 

STOMP THE YARD

PG-13; 115 minutes; 2007
When DJ loses his younger brother, his parents send him to Truth University in Georgia to give him a chance at a better life. There he finds that the rivalry in the stepping competitions between the black fraternities on campus is fierce. An amazing street dancer himself, DJ joins the competition and snags the girl of his on-campus rival at the same time.

 

WAR HORSE

PG-13; 146 minutes; 2011
Set in rural England and Europe during the First World War, “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man named Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets.