Wednesday, September 2, 2009

"Reel" Good Reads

Have you noticed how many movies based on YA books are being made lately?   All the books listed below have been made into movies that are opening soon, or are “in development” for future films. Read them now, so that when the movie comes out you can tell all your friends that the book was SO MUCH better!    Click on any title to go to the CCPL catalog where you can reserve a copy to pick up at the branch nearest you.

(Oh, and since everyone already knows all about those movie franchises featuring sparkly vampires and teenage wizards, I've deliberately left those off the list.)

hungerHunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In a future society, teens compete in a Reality-TV competition where only the winner survives. (Don’t miss the sequel: Catching Fire)

derbyDerby Girl by Shauna Cross (movie title: Whip It)
                An indie-rock-loving misfit copes with her small-town misery by joining a roller-derby league.

beastlyBeastly by Alex Flinn
A modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast.” A vain private school student is turned into a monster and must find true love to return to human form.

wimpyDiary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
                    Chronicles the adventures of a wisecracking middle school student over the course of an academic year. (First in a series)

tomorrow warTomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden
A group of teens return from a camping trip and discover their country
has been invaded. (First in a series)

                  Six genetically engineered kids with wings are hunted down by the evil scientists who created them. (First in a series)

wingsWings by Aprilynne Pike
15-year-old Laurel discovers that she is a faerie and has to help keep the world safe from enemy trolls.

dorkKing Dork by Frank Portman
                  High school loser Tom discovers that "The Catcher in the Rye" may hold the clues to the many mysteries in his life.

Percy JLightning Thief by Rick Riordan
(movie title:  Percy Jackson & the Olympians)
A boy discovers he's descended from a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods. (First in a series)

                Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where aggressive flesh-eating zombies dwell.

magykMagyk by Angie Sage (movie title: Septimus Heap)
The tale of two babies switched at birth - a boy who's the seventh son of a seventh son and a girl destined to be a princess. (First in a series)

Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan
(movie title: The Vampire’s Assistant)
                  Two boys visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire forces them to make life-changing choices. (First in a series)

stargirlStargirl by Jerry Spinelli
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.
(Don't miss the sequel:  Love, Stargirl)

flippedFlipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
          Two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.

funny storyIt’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
A teen who is battling depression checks himself into a psychiatric hospital, only to end up in the adult ward.

ugliesThe Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
In the future, kids are called "Uglies" until they reach 16 and are surgically transformed into "Pretties.” Tally will have to stay Ugly forever, unless she betrays a friend who skipped the operation and joined a rebellious group.
(First in a series)

Green Bean Teen Queen's awesome blog about teen and tween books also has lots of information and updates about YA movie news, including video clips of trailers.  Go check her out!

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