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The movie based on the young adult book The Maze Runner by James Dashner comes to theaters on September 19.

maze runnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner  Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
Delacorte Press, 2009
Grade 7+
2011 ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Fiction
VOYA 2009 Best Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

 

Here’s some free teaching resources to get book discussions started.

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The movie based on the young adult book If I Stay by Gayle Forman comes to theaters on August 22. When you head back to school, you might want to add this exceptional book on this year’s reading list.

Here’s some free teaching resources to get book discussions started.

 

If I StayIf I Stay by Gayle Forman
While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.
Dutton Books, 2009
Grade 9+

 

 

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Divergent

Many of the latest book-to-movie adaptations are coming from books written for young adults. The film adaptation of Divergent by Veronica Roth starts tomorrow, and I will be in the ticket line for sure.

I thought I would list some links to free teaching resources for this title in case you’re using the book in your classroom or book club.

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all. (Annotation source: Library of Congress)

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Video Resources

Video Interview  with the author about the book. YouTube

Book Trailer

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Movie Trailer

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The movie version of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak will be released in theaters beginning November 8 depending upon where you live.

This has been one of my most favorite books, and I have been anxiously awaiting the film.

Book Summary: Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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Teaching Resources

Official Film Website

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Film makers seem to be using teen/young adult books for scripts more and more.

These are two that will be released in August with some free teaching resources.

 

August 7, 2013 – Movie ReleaseSea of Monsters

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Seventh-grader Percy Jackson has recently discovered that he is the son of Poseidon, making him half human and half god, and along with his a demigod and a satyr friend, must save his beloved Camp Half-Blood from evil forces determined to destroy it.

Movie Release: August 7, 2013

Teaching Resources

 

August 21, 2013 – Movie Release

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra ClareCity of Bones
Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

Movie Release: August 21, 2013

Movie Website

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Watsons Go to BirminghamA movie based on the book The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis premieres Sept. 20, 2013 at 8PM/ET on the Hallmark Channel.

This wonderful middle-grade novel is narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Kenny’s 13-year-old brother, Byron, gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. And they happen to be in Birmingham when Grandma’s church is blown up. (Publisher’s description)

The Huffington Post has a trailer of the movie.

Prepare your students with the following teaching resources from the Linda’s Links to Literature database.

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The movie Beautiful Creatures based on the book by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl was released to theaters yesterday.  The story is set in a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War. Sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.

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Here’s few book-related resource links from the Linda’s Links to Literature database:

Opening music from the movie

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