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December 19, 2014

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‘Katniss and Mouse’ Game in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1’| Film Review

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The hit “Hunger Games” film series has become more assured in its latest installment, with Katniss Everdeen returning as a teen embracing the role of rebel leader and engaging in a lethal game of “Katniss and Mouse” with President Rose.

JFK Essay Contest; Toyota Video Challenge; Gale Cengage Grant; Hunger Games Mental Mapping | SLJTeen News

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How do you chase the money? Write an essay for the JFK Profile in Courage award, produce a video to promote teen driver safety, or nominate your library for its exemplary fundraising efforts. And just for fans of The Hunger Games, a mental mapping contest!

Challenge-Ready: Using Thoughtful Leadership to Promote the Freedom to Read | Scales on Censorship

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Chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee Pat Scales offers advice and resources to educators looking to promote the freedom to read in their classrooms and libraries.

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Teens Review Lady Gaga’s Latest, ‘Catching Fire Soundtrack’, and ‘Battlefield 4′

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Gaga keeps the dance tunes coming on Artpop; the Catching Fire Soundtrack captures the mood of the book and movie; and Battlefield 4 offers “an awesome military playing experience.”

Page to Screen: From YA Bestsellers to Big-Screen Blockbusters

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While the jury is still out on the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, reviewers are raving about the surprise indie hit The Spectacular Now, based on Tim Tharp’s young adult novel. Children’s books continue to be Hollywood’s go-to source for inspiration, and librarians couldn’t be happier. As readers and movie fans await the book-to-film entries coming this fall, such as Suzanne Collins’s Catching Fire and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, SLJ looks ahead to future releases in this latest installment of Page to Screen.

Watch and Read: Spotlight on Media Tie-ins: ‘House at the End of the Street’ and Spine-tingling Thrillers for Teens

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Fans of the The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence will be flocking to see her newest, The House at the End of the Street, opening September 21. Suggest these gripping tales as read-alikes, or consider making them part of a Halloween display or booktalk.