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September 2, 2014

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A Nightmare that Walks like a Girl

A Nightmare that Walks like a Girl

Is Melanie a monster or a prodigy? The title of this post refers to the first of our thrilling reads of the day, The Girl with all the Gifts, in which one character, Sergeant Parks, thinks of Melanie as “the nightmare-that-walks-like-a-girl.” He’d rather deal with blood-thirsty zombies than with something that walks and talks like [...]

Marc Anthony Returns, Selena Gomez’s ‘Stars’, and More Zombies | Teens Review Music and Games

Stars Dance

Teens review something old (Marc Anthony’s return to his salsa roots), something new (rising star Selena Gomez), and something that just might scare the bejeezus out of you (The Walking Dead: 400 Days).

Film Review: Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies (2013), based on the book of the same name by Isaac Marion. Rated PG-13. The Plot: Poor R. He’s having a bit of a crisis. Wanting to connect to those around him, but just not able to. It’s part of the problem of being a zombie. Then he falls for Julie, a human [...]

‘World War Z’ At the Movies: Some Critical Thinking Questions

‘World War Z’ At the Movies: Some Critical Thinking Questions

Media literacy discussion points covering novel-to-film adaptations, marketing, genre, screen violence, and more.

Why Are Zombies So Good for Libraries?

Why Are Zombies So Good for Libraries?

More than just a craze, the interest in zombies points the way towards a new kind of literacy engagement.

Weekly Reviews: Sequels

Trilogies. How many of us shudder at the thought? How many of us miss those great standalone novels? A whole story arc in one book – imagine! On the other hand, many readers enjoy knowing that there is more to come. In a student bookgroup meeting last week, as we discussed what to read next, [...]

“Are Zombies Good for Kids?”: A Lively Roundtable

” I can see where it’s alarming to see your kid looking like a corpse, but it’s all part of rebellion, of saying the “regular” world of mortgages and wars and nuclear meltdown frightens them and they want to distance themselves from it…”

“Are Zombies Good for Kids?”: A Chat with Psychoanalyst Jack Schwartz

“Are Zombies Good for Kids?”: A Chat with Psychoanalyst Jack Schwartz

“The zombie consciousness reflects the perfect expression of equal rights in society. There is no difference between boys and the girls in this world—hunger is the organizing principle.”

Love Story: The Best New Paranormal Romance Titles for Teens

Illustrative image of teenagers - Paranormal Romance

Ever since Bella bumped into Edward and Jacob, the world hasn’t been the same—especially within the hot and hair-raising pages of paranormal romance. Thanks, in part, to Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight Saga,” tales about teen vampires, werewolves, and other sexy shapeshifters that have threatened to take over libraries and bookstores nationwide—and young readers just can’t seem to get enough of them.