April 25, 2017

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Viewers’ Advisory: 3 Netflix Series with YA and Kid Appeal

Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford in 13 Reasons Why (Photos: Netflix)

Is Netflix the future for book-to-screen adaptations? SLJ’s resident movie reviewer checks out new series that your patrons and students can binge-watch.

Baby Brother Blues | “The Boss Baby” Movie Review

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Author/illustrator Marla Frazee’s titular tyrannical tot from her acclaimed picture book waddles onto the big screen, wreaking his own brand of mayhem.

A Bully Backtracks | “Before I Fall” Movie Review

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A popular high school senior relives the same day over and over again, caught in a repetitive time warp.

A Tween and His Tree | “A Monster Calls” Movie Review

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Director J.A. Bayona unleashes the destructive, tough-talking, and tale-spinning colossal, based on author Patrick Ness’s 2011 novel.

Grumpiness, Gumption, and Gratitude | “The Great Gilly Hopkins” Movie Review

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The film remarkably retains the book’s essence, even though the main character is a few years older on screen, as played by Canadian actress Sophie Nélisse.

Island of Misfit Boys (and Girls) | “Miss Peregrine” Movie Review

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At first glance, the pairing of Ransom Riggs’s macabre 2011 coming-of-age novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and director Tim Burton would seem like a match made in movieland heaven.

Savvy Survivor | “Queen of Katwe” Movie Review

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This is a quietly triumphant adaptation of Tim Crothers’s nonfiction account of a Ugandan teenage girl from the slums who becomes an international chess champion.

Celebrating the Peculiar: Program Ideas in Advance of “Miss Peregrine” Film

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Not sure what to do to celebrate the arrival of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children film adaption? “Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger Heather Booth has some suggestions!

Page to Screen: Rowling Returns and “Children” Cut Loose

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In two high-profile releases, J.K. Rowling pens her first screenplay and director Tim Burton meets his match, Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine.

Alone and Abandoned | “The Little Prince” Movie Review

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The new animated feature film of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 novella premieres on Netflix.

Beyond the Stars: Sci-Fi YA Read-Alikes for “The 5th Wave” Fans

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The film adaptation of Rick Yancey’s YA The 5th Wave comes to theaters on January 22. Teens will be rushing to the library in search of the source material; offer them these new and upcoming sci-fi read-alikes.

Most Popular 2015 Articles of “SLJTeen”

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Your clicks have spoken! The following are the top 10 pieces that ran in the SLJTeen newsletter this year.

Top Page-to-Screen Adaptations to Put on Your Radar

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Media and popular culture expert and founder of TheYoungFolks.com Gabrielle Bondi presents some of the upcoming book-to-film adaptations that teens (and librarians) should put on their to-watch lists.

“Paper Towns” and Other Epic Road Trip Titles in YA Lit

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As buzz builds for the film adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns, check out the following selections, all of which feature summertime journeys and epic odysseys.

The Fast and the Feisty | “Insurgent” Film Review

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After the heavy plot lifting in the first film based on Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” trilogy (HarperCollins) viewers are in for a smoother ride in the adaptation of her second installment, Insurgent. It speeds past intricate intrigues and sketchy characterizations, moving like a sleek roller coaster ride, free from clunky exposition.

The Big Screen’s ‘Dear White People’ and a Roundup of Not-to-Miss YA Novels

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Dear White People, written and directed by Justin Simien, takes a satirical look at race relations in America. Be prepared for the October 17 premiere with a selection of books for teens that deal with intolerance, civil rights, and racism.

Page to Screen: Kid & YA Lit Flicks to Look Forward to After ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

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With the success of Divergent and The Book Thief, Hollywood continues to tap kid’s books, from classic fairy tales to the latest dystopian, for new ideas. To celebrate the highly the anticipated big screen version of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, SLJ has compiled a list of upcoming projects that will be coming to a screen near you.

Page to Screen: A Year’s Worth of New Adaptations

Here is Woodley again, as Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars, based on John Green's popular YA novel.

As 2014 peeks around the corner, SLJ looks ahead to future releases in this latest installment of our roundup of the most highly anticipated franchise openers and long-awaited big screen versions of children’s classics.

Into the Dragon’s Lair | SLJ Reviews ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’

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Multiple beheadings, one impaling, and an omnipresent necromancer—these are just three indications that director Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 adventure/fantasy The Hobbit has taken a dark turn. The short novel has been expanded into what might amount to a nearly nine-hour-long trilogy—turning what seems a fireside yarn in print into an overlong saga on the screen.

Smoldering Glances and Hot-and-Humid Heroics | SLJ Reviews ‘Catching Fire’ Film

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In this second foray into Suzanne Collins’s “Hunger Games” trilogy, the filmmakers approach Catching Fire’s dystopian derring-do with deadly seriousness. Though a new director, Francis Lawrence, has taken over the franchise from The Hunger Games’s Gary Ross, it has been a smooth transition.