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A season of blockbusters

Off the Shelf

June 19, 2013
Rebecca Philipsen - Adult Services Assistant; Kendall Young Library , The Daily Freeman Journal

Summer Blockbuster season has arrived. But have you read the inspiration behind many of the biggest movies of the season? Stop by Kendall Young Library to read the book before catching the movie on the silver screen.

The Great Gatsby

Movie Release: May 10, 2013

This is the fourth film re-telling of this classic by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and has been lauded for beautiful costumes and a great score. The book was originally published in 1925, and is a detailed profile of the Jazz Age. While poorly received at the time, it is now considered a classic American novel and widely read. Notable stars in the film include Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fischer, and Tobey McGuire. The library also has a DVD of the 1974 film version starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Movie Release: August 23, 2013

I first heard of the author of this book through her work in fanfiction, so I was surprised and delighted to see that she found commercial success with original material. Cassandra Claire's Mortal Instrument series is a popular Young Adult series, with the first installment being City of Bones. With an action-packed storyline, this fantasy novel is sure to satisfy your supernatural genre itch.

Tiger Eyes

Movie Release: June 7, 2013

Tiger Eyes is from superstar teen and children's author Judy Blume, and the movie by the same name is the first film adaptation of one of her novels. It is also directed by her son, Lawrence Blume. The book follows a teen who has to deal with life turned topsy-turvy after her father is killed in a robbery and her family is relocated. While the protagonist is a teen, this realistic fiction novel is emotionally intense enough for readers of any age to get wrapped up in it.

World War Z

Movie Release: June 21, 2013

Z is for Zombies in this fast-paced action film, based on the book by Max Brooks of the same name. Survivors of the Zombie Apocalypse are interviewed in order to find out what went wrong, how the Zombies spread, and the best tactics to fight them. With a bleak tone and satirical edge, this story is perfect for horror fans who like a twist.

Much Ado about Nothing

Movie Release: June 7, 2013

This modern take on Shakespeare's witty comedy was filmed by Joss Whedon, writer/director of last summer's hit "The Avengers." Filmed in his home during a two-week break from his other movie work, this small budget labor of love is a brilliant staging of the story. The original dialogue is performed seamlessly against the modern setting, proving Shakespeare is as relevant today as ever.

The Spectacular Now

Movie Release: August 2, 2013

Sutter is an easy-going teenager who is always the life of the party. Then he meets her and everything changes. After meeting Aimee, Sutter is forced to reconsider his life and his choices. While The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp seems like your typical love story, there is more than meets the eye in this tale. A realistic story about high school that doesn't hold back on how messy and complicated that period of life can be, this is a book that will make you think.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Movie Release: August 7, 2013

With the popularity of both the Percy Jackson book series and the movie released in 2010, this sequel is sure to be big at the box office. Percy is a likeable teen who just happens to be the son of Poseidon. He often finds himself in the middle of adventures full of monsters and mythology. This installment finds Percy battling cannibal giants and braving the Sea of Monsters to save Camp Half-Life. Pick up the book at the library, or download the eBook or eAudiobook through NEIBORS to enjoy this action-packed adventure.

 
 

 

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