Thursday, 14 January 2016

Favourite Book Picks: Children's/Teens - January 2016 - US Published - Post Two (Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books)

James Riley - The Stolen Chapters (Story Thieves) - Published by Aladdin (January 19, 2016)

Owen Conners would never jump into a mystery. There are too many hidden clues, twists that make no sense, and an ending you never see coming. Mysteries are just not Owen’s thing. So how exactly did he end up in one with his memory erased? And that’s far from the only question.

How did Kiel Gnomenfoot, boy magician, lose all of his magic? Where’s Bethany, their half-fictional friend? And who’s the annoying guy wearing the question mark mask and Sherlock Holmes hat, taunting Owen and Kiel that Bethany is in grave danger?

Bethany is trapped in a hidden room that’s slowly filling with water, and she can’t escape until her friends find her. But is she imprisoned by more than just chains and a locked door? What’s she hiding from Owen and Kiel?

Maybe some mysteries just shouldn’t be solved…

Katherine Marsh & Kelly Murphy - The Door by the Staircase - Published by Disney-Hyperion (January 5, 2016)

Twelve-year-old Mary Hayes can't stand her orphanage for another night. But when an attempted escape through the stove pipe doesn't go quite as well as she'd hoped, Mary fears she'll be stuck in the Buffalo Asylum for Young Ladies forever. 

The very next day, a mysterious woman named Madame Z appears at the orphanage requesting to adopt Mary, and the matron's all too happy to get the girl off her hands. Soon, Mary is fed a hearty meal, dressed in a clean, new nightgown and shown to a soft bed with blankets piled high. She can hardly believe she isn't dreaming!

But when Mary begins to explore the strange nearby town with the help of her new friend, Jacob, she learns a terrifying secret about Madame Z's true identity. If Mary's not careful, her new home might just turn into a nightmare.

Award-winning author Katherine Marsh draws from Russian fairytales in this darkly funny middle-grade fantasy novel.

Monica Tesler - Bounders - Published by Aladdin (January 5, 2016)
In the tradition of Michael Vey and The Unwanteds, twelve-year-old Jasper and his friends are forced to go up against an alien society in this first book in a brand-new adventure series!

Thirteen years ago, Earth Force—a space-military agency—discovered a connection between brain structure and space travel. Now they’ve brought together the first team of cadets, called Bounders, to be trained as high-level astronauts.

Twelve-year-old Jasper is part of this team being sent out into space. After being bullied back on Earth, Jasper is thrilled to have something new and different to do with other kids who are more like him. While learning all about the new technologies and taking classes in mobility—otherwise known as flying with jetpacks—Jasper befriends the four other students in his pod and finally feels like he has found his place in the world.

But then Jasper and his new friends learn that they haven’t been told everything about Earth Force. They weren’t brought to space for astronaut training, but to learn a new, highly classified brain-sync technology that allows them to manipulate matter and quantum bound, or teleport. And it isn’t long before they find out this new technology was actually stolen from an alien society.

When Jasper and his friends discover the truth about why Earth Force needs them, they are faced with a choice: rebel against the academy that brought them together, or fulfill their duty and protect the planet at all costs.
Jennifer A. Nielsen - Rise of the Wolf (Mark of the Thief, Book 2) - Published by Scholastic Press (January 26, 2016)
Nic may have escaped enslavement in the mines outside of Rome, but his troubles are far from over. The Praetor War -- the battle to destroy Rome from within -- is in full force, and Nic is caught in the crossfire. The secretive Praetors are determined to unlock a powerful amulet -- one sure to bring the empire to its knees. Worse, the Praetors believe Nic holds the key to finding this amulet, and they will stop at nothing to steal it, even if that means harming the people Nic holds most dear.

When the Praetors capture Nic's mother, Nic knows he must do anything to save her. He challenges the Praetors to a chariot race. If he wins, they will release his mother. But if he loses, he must hand over a magic that will certainly bring about the end of Rome as well as his own life. Can Nic once again harness his magic and gather the strength to defeat his enemies? Or will he lose his mother and bear witness to Rome's destruction?

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Favourite Children's/Young Adult Books to Movie Adaptations 2016

    Are you ready for 2016 YA book to movie adaptions? Because they aren’t stopping, 
    what films are you looking forward to watching in 2016?
    The Divergent Series: Allegiant
    2016 film
    Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.
    Release date: March 18, 2016 (United Kingdom)
    Director: Robert Schwentke
    Film series: Divergent Film Series
    Story by: Veronica Roth
    Screenplay: Stephen Chbosky, Noah Oppenheim, Bill Collage, Adam Cooper

      The BFG
      2016 film
      A young girl (Ruby Barnhill), a queen (Penelope Wilton) and the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) must stop an invasion of man-eating giants.
      Initial release: July 1, 2016 (USA)
      Director: Steven Spielberg
      Story by: Roald Dahl
      Music composed by: John Williams
      Production companies: DreamWorks Studios, Walden Media, 

        Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass
        2016 film
        Alice (Mia Wasikowska) travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp).
        Release date: May 27, 2016 (United Kingdom)
        Director: James Bobin
        Film series: Alice in Wonderland
        Music composed by: Danny Elfman
        Producers: Tim Burton, Joe Roth, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd

          Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
          2016 film
          Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) must track down an array of magical creatures in 1926 New York.
          Initial release: November 18, 2016 (USA)
          Director: David Yates
          Film series: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Film Series
          Adapted from: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
          Story by: J. K. Rowling

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