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GEPL Teens: Teens Write – The Outsiders, Book vs. Movie

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The Outsiders is “for teenagers, about teenagers, and written by teenagers.” The story is a realistic fiction novel based on the rivalry of two gangs during the mid-1960’s, the Greasers and the Socs. The book was published in 1967, leading to a movie to be filmed based on the popular novel in 1983.

The movie follows the storyline accurately, given that a few changes and alterations were made to fit the 91-minute film. Viewers aren’t able to see into the background life of characters such as Soda, Darry, and even Dally. The focus of the movie revolves around events such as the “big rumble” and the death of Johnny Cade, who is also portrayed as a weaker character in the film than he was in the novel. Minor directional changes appeared in the movie as well when the conflict, in the book, of the poor east side versus the rich west side became the poor north side versus the rich south side in the movie. The movie also fails to incorporate as many details as the book gave the reader, and the characters aren’t a true fit to the descriptions given in the book as well.

Still, the movie accurately resembles the book with many similarities. Conflicts along with their end results are the same as they were in the narrative. Key events such as Johnny murdering the Soc, and fleeing to an abandoned church on a hill and the big rumble where the Greasers fight for their victory against the Socs are the same, as well as the setting of the story.

Despite the differences between the movie and the novel, both depict the adventurous lifestyle of the 14-year old Ponyboy and his struggles with right and wrong in his society.

-Lauren

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GEPL Kids: Early Readers

By: Leigh Ann Vock,  Youth Page

“I’m reading! I’m reading!” This may be a familiar exclamation from your child once they reach this very exciting point on their road to reading. More than likely your child has been introduced to Early Readers and is proud of his/her achievement.

Early readers are books written for the emerging reader. They are characterized with vocabulary that is easily decoded and sometimes limited to familiar sight words. Early readers also have pictures that reflect the text so that the reader may rely on this for help with difficult words. These books are less complex in dialog compared to the picture books that are read to your child. There are ways to enrich this reading experience and to keep your reader engaged. Your child reading independently and reading to you is an extremely exciting time for families. Here are a few hints on how to enhance this new skill.

Before the book is started you can discuss, based upon the title and the cover, what they think the book may be about. Making predictions is a fun way to raise the level of anticipation of the book you are about to read. When your child reads to you they may struggle with some words. It is best to be patient and not be quick to correct. See if they can either sound out the word or use the picture clues to decipher the word. If your child becomes frustrated it can be helpful to practice shared reading. The child reads one page and the parent reads the next and so on. This provides an opportunity for the parent to display inflection and expression which new readers sometimes struggle with. Upon completion of the book it is always good to ask questions. Reading comprehension is important and takes practice. Asking questions will get your child in the practice of understanding what they have just read and lay the foundation for critical thinking.

Lifelong literacy has its beginning in our children’s first experiences with reading. Guiding and encouraging this process is something that the Youth Department staff will gladly come alongside families to facilitate. Be sure to check out some of our favorite early readers:

Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!  by Geoffrey Hayes

 

Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!  by Geoffrey Hayes

Two mice meet their new neighbor and discover that she is not as scary as they feared.

 
We Are in a Book by Mo Willems

 

We Are in a Book  by Mo Willems

Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

 
Mac and Cheese by Sarah Weeks

 

Mac and Cheese by Sarah Weeks

Two cats that are as different as night and day are nevertheless best friends.

 
I Spy Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold

 

I Spy Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold

While playing hide-and-seek with Buzz, Fly Guy is taken away by a garbage man.

 
See Me Run by Paul Meisel

 

See Me Run by Paul Meisel

A dog has a fun-filled day at the dog park, in this easy-to-read story.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Movie Review – Insidious

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What’s your first name and school? : Michelle Garcia Hadley Jr Highinsidious

What are you reviewing? : Insidious

What did you review? : A movie

What did you like about it? : Well I liked it because it really has scary things like when the dad is talking to someone but there was no one there scary right and I liked it when the grandma helps him but in a scary way witch scared no a lot.

Who would like this? : someone who loves being scared and likes horror

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it? : really good

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Movie Review – Into the Woods

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What’s your first name and school? : Julie Hadley Jr High

What are you reviewing? : Lunch Lady and the Sumner Camp Shakedown

What did you review? : A movie

What did you like about it? : This story is kind of interesting. However there is too much singing and it takes too long. The story seems too long and has little plot twits. These plot twits don’t really fit in with the story and the end is not very good.

Who would like this? : people who like musicals

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it? : its an okay movie

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown

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What’s your first name and school? : Arnold Glencrestlunchlady

What are you reviewing? : Lunch Lady and the Sumner Camp Shakedown

What did you review? : A book

What did you like about it? : What I liked about it was that it has lunch in a way you never would have a crime fighting lunch lady showing good food groups and it is fiction so yeah also the colors in the book are yellow just like a lunch lady gloves would be.

Who would like this? : people that like fiction about 8 to 12

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it? : from 1 to 10 about a 8

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – Eat My Dust

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What’s your first name and school? : Arnold Glencresteatmydust

What are you reviewing? : Eat My Dust

What did you review? : A book

What did you like about it? : It was my fav book when I was little maybe 2nd grade it was a book that taught us how the car came to be the model t a car that has horse power of 35 he competed in a race to mass produce this for all to enjoy.

Who would like this? : 2nd grade people who love history or cars

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it? : 10

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GEPL Teens: What I Just Read – Not Otherwise Specified

Teens Blog BannerBlog Entry 128 - ImageI’ve mentioned before that one of the perks of being a librarian is getting to read some seriously awesome books before they’re actually published.  The latest that I read comes out next week, on March 3, and it’s already in our system if you want to place a hold!

What I Just Read: Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz

What’s It About (Jacket Description): Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.

Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself?

The latest powerful, original novel from Hannah Moskowitz is the story about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and defining your own identity.

Did I Like It: Oh my gosh YES!!!

Thoughts: I just loved this book so much.  Even though I know in my head that it was fantastic but not perfect, it felt perfect while I was reading it.  I loved Etta as a main character in a big sort of way, which is appropriate, since she has a big sort of personality.  Despite her struggles – being bullied by her ex-clique, missing her best friend, trying to recover from her eating disorder – Etta never wilts or diminishes.  She just keeps flying off the page and in your face in the best possible sort of way.  And even for people who have never had an eating disorder, or who aren’t bisexual, or who don’t love to dance, or who have never had ugly break-ups with friends, everything Etta deals with still feels so relatable and personal.  I think it’s because ultimately, her struggle is not about any of these specific issues, but about getting to know herself, figuring out who she wants to be, learning to love herself, and being confident in who Etta really is.  And I think that’s something everyone can relate to.

Aside from Etta herself, this book had a wealth of amazing characters.  Bianca and James were fantastic.  They were both strong in their own ways, but each struggling with some of the same self-identity issues as Etta.  Mason was a lovely addition to the group, charming and likeable and never pushing Etta for anything she wasn’t comfortable with.  Etta’s sister Kristina didn’t have a ton of page time, but I would read a whole other book about her if it were written.  And even Etta’s bullies had personalities beyond just being mean.  But while all these characters were fantastic in their own right, it still all comes back to Etta.  Because the best part about each and every side character was reading about their relationships with Etta.  The strange love/affection/jealousy/co-dependency she had with Rachel, the sweet devotion and strong friendship between her and Bianca, the way James’ personality complemented Etta’s so well, the difficult but super loving relationship between Etta and her mom – every relationship Etta has kept me riveted to the page, and loving reading about each and every interaction.

This book is written in a pretty stream-of-consciousness first person, so you will definitely enjoy the book a lot more if you like Etta, and like being in her head.  But I suspect you’ll like Etta – she is an extremely likable, even loveable, main character, who dominates the page and had me completely absorbed in her story, so you should definitely give Not Otherwise Specified a try.  I just really, really loved this book.  So about what I said before, about placing that hold

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Movie Review – The Theory of Everything

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What’s your first name and school? : Jackson QA

What are you reviewing? : The Theory of Everything

What did you review? : A movie

What did you like about it? : I thought The Theory of Everything was a fairly good romantic drama. However if you are hoping for something a bit more scientific, prepare to be disappointed. This WILL pull your heartstrings, and you will cry. But all and all, this was a very good movie and I will recommend!

Who would like this? : People who want to cry.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it? : 8.5/10

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Movie Review – Big Hero 6

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What’s your first name and school? : Michelle Garcia Hadley Jr Highbighero6

What are you reviewing? : Big Hero 6

What did you review? : A movie

What did you like about it? : What I like about it was when baymax was so funny when he and hero were being chase by an evil villain and when what it kind I hate about it was when hero’s brother had to die in the beginning of the movie that was so sad i was crying so much.

Who would like this? : someone who likes Disney movies and action

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it? : awesome for me

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – Bloomability

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What’s your first name and school? : Julie Hadley Jr Highbloomability

What are you reviewing? : Bloomability

What did you review? : A book

What did you like about it? : About a girl whose family moves every few months all over the USA and she moves in with her aunt and uncle to Sweden in a boarding school for people from all over the world. She misses her family but she starts to like the school and has to choose weather to leave to go with her family or stay at the school. I like this book because her life is pretty interesting.

Who would like this? : people who like realistic fiction

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it? : I kinda like this book

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