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Reading Wednesday: 3 Books to Explore for Read a New Book Month!!!

December 4, 2013

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December is National Read a New Book month! Read a New Book month is exactly what the name implies; it was created to encourage children of all ages to read a book that they would not normally indulge in.This week we are highlighting three books that have been made into film adaptations. A good way to relate the movie to the book is by reading the book first and watching the movie soon after. Work together to compare the two versions and decide which adaptation you prefer.

1.)Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Clearly

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Photo and Synopsis courtesy of Amazon

Four-year-old Ramona Quimby has an imagination that often leads to unintended trouble. She mortifies older sister Beezus at the library; disrupts an entire art class; and one rainy day, invites all her neighborhood friends over for a party—without even asking her mother.

Sometimes Beezus can be patient with Ramona. After all, they are sisters. But when Ramona almost ruins Beezus’s birthday, it’s the last straw. Beezus knows she ought to love Ramona—but how can she get along with someone so exasperating?

For Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Junie B. Jones

Film available on Amazon

2.) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

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Photo and Synopsis Courtesy of Amazon

The tiny town of Chewandswallow was very much like any other tiny town except for its weather which came three times a day, at breakfast, lunch and dinner. But it never rained rain and it never snowed snow and it never blew just wind. It rained things like soup and juice. It snowed things like mashed potatoes. And sometimes the wind blew in storms of hamburgers. Life for the townspeople was delicious until the weather took a turn for the worse. The food got larger and larger and so did the portions. Something has to be done in Chewandswallow…and in a hurry.

 For Fans of Caps for Sale and The Lorax

Film Available on Amazon

3.) Divergent by Beatrice Prior

Photo and Synopsis Courtesy of Amazon

Photo and Synopsis Courtesy of Amazon

In Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

For Fans of The Hunger Games Trilogy

Film Release in Spring 2014

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