Two books pulled from Republic school library shelves

This makes me so angry.

Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five and Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer will be removed from the school’s curriculum and library. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson will be kept.

Wesley Scroggins, a Republic resident, challenged the use of the books and lesson plans in Republic schools, arguing they teach principles contrary to the Bible.

"I congratulate them for doing what’s right and removing the two books," said Scroggins, who didn’t attend the board meeting. "It’s unfortunate they chose to keep the other book."

Jeff Bridges In 'The Giver': Oscar Winner To Adapt Classic Lois Lowry Novel

"Experiencing a renaissance in a career that never really faded, Jeff Bridges is flexing his producing muscles to bring to the big screen a classic young adult novel.

Bridges has optioned for film the 1993 Lois Lowry novel, “The Giver,” a moralist sci-fi story that won the Newberry Medal, the top honor in young adult fiction. Set in a seemingly perfect society, without crime, poverty, hatred, divorce or war, the novel is described thusly on Lowry’s official site. The Giver, it turns out, is the elderly man charged with keeping the institutional memory for the society, which actually stifles desire and subdues familial differences for the ordered good of society.

Bridges will take on the role of that wise elder, though he is his own second choice: “I originally thought of the role of the Giver as a vehicle for my father, the late Lloyd Bridges,” he told Variety, “however, at 61 years old I feel the time is right for me to do it.”

Read the full article over at The Huffington Post.

Scholastic Introduces Gift Edition of The Hunger Games (Holiday 2011), To Be Followed by Movie Tie-In Program (Spring 2012)

Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced the publication of a special gift edition of the worldwide bestselling The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins for holiday 2011. Three movie tie-in titles will follow in early 2012, based on The Hunger Games film, currently in production at Lionsgate. Scholastic will publish and deliver the titles through all of its distribution channels both domestically and internationally.

The Hunger Games Collector’s Edition will be published in November 2011 and will include a special slipcase featuring exclusive new mockingjay artwork. The three movie tie-in titles include The Hunger Games: Movie Tie-In Edition, The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion, and The World of The Hunger Games, all to be published in February 2012 in advance of the much-anticipated March 2012 feature film release. Read more…

Young adult literature is for young and young at heart

Local children’s librarian shares timely suggestions.

DO YOU WANT to know a secret? People assume I read it only because I have to—but I truly enjoy literature for children and young adults.

True, it’s a key part of doing my job well, but when I get to choose a book for pleasure reading, I am more likely to choose a young adult title than an adult one. And why not? Young adult literature is imaginative and well-written, and the characters face challenges that resonate with everyone, regardless of age. Read more…

5 Myths About the 'Information Age'


1. “The book is dead.” Wrong: More books are produced in print each year than in the previous year. One million new titles will appear worldwide in 2011. In one day in Britain—”Super Thursday,” last October 1—800 new works were published. The latest figures for the United States cover only 2009, and they do not distinguish between new books and new editions of old books. But the total number, 288,355, suggests a healthy market, and the growth in 2010 and 2011 is likely to be much greater. Moreover, these figures, furnished by Bowker, do not include the explosion in the output of “nontraditional” books—a further 764,448 titles produced by self-publishing authors and “micro-niche” print-on-demand enterprises. And the book business is booming in developing countries like China and Brazil. However it is measured, the population of books is increasing, not decreasing, and certainly not dying.

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Suzanne Collins’s War Stories for Kids

Back in 2009, the literary agent Rosemary Stimola sat down to read “Mockingjay,” the third, highly anticipated book in a wildly popular trilogy of young adult novels by Suzanne Collins. Stimola, who represents Collins, read eagerly until she came to one of the last chapters, in which a firebombing kills thousands of civilians caught in a revolutionary war, including one heartbreakingly innocent and beloved young character. The book was then a computer file, not yet the blockbuster it would become upon its release last August. Changes could still be made. Stimola picked up the phone and called Collins.

“No!” Stimola wailed. “Don’t do it.”

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Young adult lit comes of age

It used to be that the only adults who read young adult literature were those who had a vested interest — teachers or librarians or parents who either needed or wanted to keep an eye on developing readers’ tastes.

But increasingly, adults are reading YA books with no ulterior motives. Attracted by well-written, fast-paced and engaging stories that span the gamut of genres and subjects, such readers have mainstreamed a niche long derided as just for kids.