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Books into movies


Hollywood continues to adapt beloved childrens books into movies. In theaters now are  the classic Where the wild things are  by Maurice Sendak (1963) and Cloudy with a chance of meatballs  by Judi Barrett (1978). Coming soon will be Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl, and of course,  Harry Potter  and The Twilight Series move from paper to film faster than the speed of a Nimbus 2000!

What do you think of the books vs. the movies? Is something lost in the translation?

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A strange thing happened to me  recently…It was late in the afternoon and I was working in my office when I heard a whipsering sound from the library. I ignored it the first time, thinking it was the sound of the wind, but then I heard it again. It  sounded like pages in a book were being turned.  I called out “Hello?” and it stopped. I convinced myself that I must have imagined it.

Soon afterwards, I came out of my office to close the doors and to shut off the lights, and I had the feeling that I was not alone. I held my breath as I walked through the library stacks, the non fiction area of the LMC where the tall shelves are located. “Is anybody there?” I asked in a shaky voice, but again no answer. I couldn’t see very well, and for the first time I noticed that it was really dark outside, the time of day known as dusk. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something move, but when I turned to face it, there wasn’t anything there…just the image of my frightened face staring back at me in the reflection of the window…


Fangs vs. Fur?


All of you twi-hards (also known as diehard Twilight fans) know of the ongoing debate about Team Edward vs. Team Jacob. For those of you who have not read the popular series by Stephenie Meyer, I will attempt to explain.

The first book of the series, Twilight, is about the growing relationship between teenagers Bella (human) and Edward (vampire). At the beginning of New Moon, Edward leaves a distraught Bella for her own safety, and she turns to Jacob (werewolf) for friendship and comfort. Many readers were angry and disappointed after they finished New Moon because of Edward’s absence from most of the story. Teams were formed, sides were taken, and the question has been asked over and over:

Are you on Team Edward or Team Jacob?

A student suggested that I post this question on this blog.  Click on ‘Comment’ below to respond (and tell us why). I will publish the results. Remember: first names only!

New Moon CD


When a student told me that the New Moon CD was released earlier than originally planned, I immediately called Hot Topic at the mall to reserve my copy. They only had one left, which they held for me until I could get there after school.

I paid $9.99 for the movie soundtrack, and then decided that I wanted to purchase a few more to give away as gifts (hint: one will be given away on November 12!)  so I ran aound the mall hoping to find more copies. After frantically searching the music aisles in Best Buy, I rushed  over to Barnes and Noble to see if they had the soundtrack, and although I was relieved to find it there, I was not happy about paying $15.99 each for 3 more CD’s!!

I’ve  realized that the first time that I listen to a new CD, the music seem so foreign that I usually don’t like it, so I’ve learned to keep an open mind. My favorite tracks so far are:

#1    Meet me on the Equinox  (“Everything ends…”)
#12  Shooting the moon
(“don’t get hung up on it, just soldier on with it, and good luck with
shooting the moon…”)

#15  New Moon (the meadow)

It’s fun to imagine which song will be playing in the scenes from the movie. Have you listened to the soundtrack yet, and if so, what do you think about it so far?

Favorite New Moon quotes


As I reread New Moon to refresh my memory for the Book Club, I have a pencil and paper nearby, and am frequently stopping to write down a trivia question or favorite quote from the book. Every day students share with me their favorite scenes and quotes, which leads me to this question: What is your favorite quote from New Moon?

Here is one of mine:

“There was nothing I could do. There were no precautions I could take. There was no place I could hide. There was no one who could help me.”

Can you remember who said this and under what circumstances?

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Favorite scene from book


Which scene from the book New Moon are you looking forward to seeing in the movie? Click on ” Comment” below to share your favorite scene, and don’t forget to tell us why!


Other vampire books


Did reading the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer whet your appetite for other supernatural books about vampires? Can you recommend any titles or authors? Click on “Comment” below to share your favorite vampire books.

Here is an annotated list of some of the other books we have in our library:

Persistance of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes , 2009.       (FIC ATW)Diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child, sixteen-year-old Erin has spent half  her life in therapy and on drugs, but now must face the possibility of weird things in the real world including shapeshifting friends and her “alter”, a centuries -old vampire.

Jessica’s guide to dating on the dark side by Beth Fantaskey, 2009.
Seventeen-year-old Jessica, adopted and raised in Pennsylvania, learns that she is descended from a royal line of Romanian vampires and that she is betrothed to a vampire prince, who poses as a foreign exchange student while courting her.

The reformed vampire support group by Catherine Jinks, 2009.    (FIN JIN)Fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group for vampires and nothing exciting has ever happened to them – until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime.

Companions of the night by Vivian Vande Velde, 2002.               (FIC VAN)
When sixteen-year-old Kerry Nowicki helps a young man escape from a group of men who claim he is a vampire, she finds herself faced with some bizarre and dangerous choices.

New Moon Book Club



New Moon, the second book in the Twilight series, will be coming to the big screen on November 20. The Lawrence Library will be hosting a book club event  on November 12 which will feature trivia contests, small group discussions, and door prizes.

Please sign up in the library if you plan to attend this event.

Check back here for more information.

Visit Stephenie Meyer’s website to see the latest trailer from the movie and to listen to the first song on the new soundtrack.

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