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{December 10, 2011}   The Handmaid’s Tale Book Trailer

{December 10, 2011}   The Handmaid’s Tale

Title: The Handmaid’s TaleThe Handmaidco Tale Bookcover

Author: Margaret Atwood

MLA Citation: Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986. Print.

Awards/Honors: Governor General’s Award for English Language Fiction (1985)
Booker Prize Nominee (1986)
Nebula Award Nominee (1986)
Arthur C. Clarke Award (1987)
Prometheus Award Nominee (1987)

Annotation: Offred works as a handmaid for the Commander. Her sole purpose is to produce a child for the Commander and his wife. Every month that goes by without becoming pregnant puts her at risk.

Booktalk: Offred can remember what life was like before the Republic of Gilead. Now her only purpose is to reproduce. She can only leave the house once a day to go to the market. Since the Republic bans women from reading, all the signs at the market are now pictures. Worst of all, though, is that she remembers what it is like to love. How will her memories and experiences influence her Handmaid’s Tale?

Straight from the Teens: Brittany (15) says, “I really want to read Bumped to see how the two compare.”

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{December 10, 2011}   The Water Wars

Title: The Water WarsThe Water Wars Bookcover

Author: Cameron Stracher

MLA Citation: Stracher, Cameron. The Water Wars. Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks Fire, 2011. Print.

Annotation: Vera and Will live in a country where the water no longer flows freely and death by dehydration is a constant threat. When they meet Kai, they suddenly have enough water – until Kai mysteriously disappears.

Booktalk: Vera and Will live in a country where they’re constantly in The Water Wars.

– Dystopian Novel
– Environmental Catastrophe
– Government Controls the Water
– No Rain
– Water Smuggling
– Mysterious Disappearances

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{December 10, 2011}   Bumped Book Reading

Here is a short reading of Bumped by Megan McCafferty herself!

{December 10, 2011}   Bumped

Title: BumpedBumped Bookcover

Author: Megan McCafferty

MLA Citation: McCafferty, Megan. Bumped. New York: Balzer + Bray, 2011. Print.

Annotation: When a virus causes everyone over the age of eighteen to be infertile, teen pregnancy goes from being something everyone looks down on to the only way to reproduce. Melody, a girl taking advantage of her fertility, meets her twin, Harmony, a girl raised in a religious family, wind up on an adventure they never could have imagined.

Booktalk: In a world where teen pregnancy is the only way to reproduce, would you be willing to reproduce with someone solely based on their genetics and trade your baby for money, tuition, etc.? Or would you still believe that their is something sacred about having a baby? These are the two sides Melody and Harmony are on. But when a case of mistaken identity happens, the two girls learn much more about themselves other than they share the same DNA.

Straight from the Teens: Lisa (16) says While there are many similarities in this book to The Giver, I really like how McCafferty didn’t just info-dump on you.”

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{December 10, 2011}   Matched

Title: MatchedMatched Bookcover

Author: Suzanne Collins

MLA Citation: Condie, Allyson Braithwaite. Matched. New York: Dutton Books, 2010. Print.

Awards/Honors: AML Award (2010)
New York Times Bestseller
Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010

Annotation: Oria’s officials decide everything for their citizens – even who they will be matched with for life.

Booktalk: Cassia is excited for the Matching Banquet and is anxious to learn who she will be with for the rest of her life. Yet, when a glitch reveals two faces, she begins to question Oria’s ways and who Oria has picked as her match. What happens when one of society begin to question the officials? Who will be the right match for Cassia?

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Watch the Matched Book Trailer!

{December 10, 2011}   Nineteen Eighty-Four

Title: Nineteen Eighty-Four

Author: George Orwell

MLA Citation: Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1949. Print.Nineteen Eighty-Four Bookcover

Awards/Honors: Waterstones Books of the Century (1997, No 2)
Time’s All-Time 100 Novels selection
Prometheus Award (Hall of Fame, 1984)
The Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels: The Board’s List (13)
The Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels: The Reader’s List (6)
Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century (9)
The Observer’s 100 Greatest Novels of All Time (59)
New York Times Bestseller (Fiction, 1949)
Larry McCaffery’s 20th Century Greatest Hits (30)
Anthony Burgess: 99 Novels (1949)
Guardian 1000 (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
The Telegraph’s 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library (2008)
Newsweek’s Top 100 Books: The Meta-List (2009, No. 2)
Locus 1987 Poll, All-Time Best SF Novel (34)
Locus 1975 Poll, All-Time Best Novel (41)
The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written: The History of Thought from Ancient Times to Today (1949)
New York Public Library’s Books of the Century (09|Utopias & Dystopias)
Locus 1998 Poll, All-Time Best SF Novel Before 1990 (21)
Classical Christian Education Great Books (American and Modern)
David Pringle’s Best 100 Science Fiction Novels (1)
Horror: Another 100 Best Books (30)
Cyril Connolly’s 100 Key Books of the Modern Movement (1949)
The Telegraph’s 100 novels everyone should read (21)
501 Must-Read Books (Science Fiction)
Classics of Science Fiction (16)
The Essential Man’s Library: 100 Must-Read Books
Bloomsbury’s 100 Must-Read Science Fiction Novels
Le Monde’s 100 Books of the Century (22)

Annotation: Winston lives in a world where everything is controlled by Big Brother. His normal feelings of love and disagreement are crimes in Oceania, though, and he must choose between suppressing them or risking imprisonment and torture.

Booktalk: How would you feel if Big Brother watched your every move? Winston works for the Ministry of Truth, altering history to fit the needs of the Party. His natural feelings of love toward Julia can get him imprisoned. His disagreement with the altering of history can get him imprisoned. One flicker, one word to the wrong person can get him imprisoned. How would you feel if even a flickering thought could lead to your imprisonment and torture?

Straight from the Teens: Brittany (15) says I am always so amazed [when reading older books] how many things that they put into their futuristic world have either come true. I often wonder if scientists are inspired by the books.”

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{December 10, 2011}   Brave New World

Take another look at Brave New World through this video! Not only does the video talk about Brave New World but also about censorship and why Brave New World was a Banned Book.

{December 10, 2011}   The Hunger Games Movie Trailer

The Hunger Games has been made into a movie! What types of changes do y0u think the movie will make to the book?

Straight from the Teens: Glen (17) says I can’t wait to see The Hunger Games movie. I want to see how they adapted the book for the big screen.”

{December 9, 2011}   The Hunger Games

Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

MLA Citation: Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008. Print.

Awards/Honors: #1 New York Times Bestseller
Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2008: Children’s FictionThe Hunger Games Bookcover
New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2008
ALA Top ten Best Books for Young Adults Selection
Indies Choice – Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book Honor
Cybil Award – Fantasy & Science Fiction (2008)
Children’s Choice Book Award (2009)
YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten (2009)
Kirkus Best Book of 2008

Annotation: Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are competing against teens from the other Panem districts in the Hunger Games, an event televised to all the districts. These are no ordinary games, though – the contestants must fight to the death.

Booktalk: Every year Panem holds The Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death televised competition that The Capitol uses to remind the Districts of the power they have over them and commemorate the ending of the Dark Days. Twelve through eighteen-year-olds have their names entered every year into the drawing – and they can enter their name more times every year to get rations for their family. Katniss has twenty entries at the age of sixteen. Gale, her hunting partner and friend, has fourty-two names at age eighteen. The odds are not in their favor. When Katniss ends up a Hunger Games tribute, she must fight for her life.

Straight from the Teens: Kaleb (14) says “The Hunger Games really got me to start reading. I just couldn’t imagine being in the tributes position. Or the government forcing their people to do this!!”

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