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Ominous Beginnings…

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

It’s late at night. The howling wind is scraping the tree tips across your window; shadows are casting gloomy figures that are crawling up your walls. You do the only reasonable thing a young adult would do — beeline it straight for your bed and pull the covers up over your worried, albeit excited adrenaline-filled, head. It’s that time of year again where we all feel a little more uneasy about what’s around the corner. But isn’t it the best! Invite that rush of excitement under that tented blanket of apprehension with one of the following book titles. Here I give you some of the most ominous beginning sentences from teen books…


“Here is the boy, drowning.”

More Than This by Patrick Ness


“My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die.”

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta


7824322“They took me in my nightgown.”

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys


“You stop fearing the Devil when you’re holding his hand.”

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke


“As my bare feet sank into the wet earth, I tried not to think about the dead bodies buried beneath me.”

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia


24770“The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.”

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld


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Loved the Movie? Try the Book!

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

With grey days and cold nights approaching, it’s time to curl up in your coziest chair with your new favorite movie in hand! Wait, what? Yes! Your favorite movie! Many books in the recent (and not-so-recent) past have been turned into movies, and while our beloved movies can give us stunning visuals and the dynamic perspective of its director, nothing beats the visual effects that your own imagination can provide! Become your own director when you any of read these titles…

Were you engrossed in the animation of Coraline that featured a courageous girl with a hardy spirit? Try the book! Coraline by Neil Gaiman tells the exciting and imaginative story of a young girl who finds her way through a bewildering door. On the other side is a world that is seemingly quite like her own, until things being to unravel. Follow her on a journey to save herself, her family and the souls of three new friends.


Maybe you felt the heartache of the young girl in the movie Speak. Try the book! Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is the story of a young girl who experiences a devastating event the summer before her freshman year of high school.


Did you fall in love with the travels that ended tragically for Chris McCandless in the movie Into the Wild? Try the book! Experience them in a new way with Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. This book looks into the mind and soul of Chris McCandless, who at 24 years old leaves his promising life in civilization to head into the remote Alaskan tundra. Into the Wild

Looking for something else? The recent blockbuster hit The Great Gatsby is based on a story that has been loved for generations. Try the book! Cozy up with The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This classic story, set in the 1920s, explores the love between wealthy Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. The Great Gatsby

Already enjoyed all of these titles? Looking for more to read? Here’s a list of other great book-to-movie reads:


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