June 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

‘The Hate U Give’ and ‘The Darkest Minds’ Movies Take the Spotlight at BookExpo/BookCon

Authors Angie Thomas and Alexandra Bracken, as well as actress Amandla Stenberg, offer hints about their upcoming films.

“Mary Shelley” and Her Creature Return to the Screen | Movie Review

The author has the spotlight all to herself in the latest film retelling of the origins of Frankenstein. SLJ reviews the recent biopic about the teen author.

“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” Film Wows at Tribeca Film Festival

The smart and tough-minded screen adaptation of emily m. danforth’s acclaimed novel arrives this summer after premiering on the festival circuit. Here’s our movie review.

Books on the Big Screen: “A Wrinkle in Time” & “Ready Player One” | Movie Review

Two big-screen extravaganzas by award-winning directors take on two popular novels with mostly with positive results, though one filmmaker had arguably a higher mountain to climb.

The Story Behind ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ & the New Biography of Madeleine L’Engle

Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughters talk about their new biography of the late, great author; the upcoming feature film adaptation; and the enduring qualities of the beloved classic.

13 Book-to-Screen Titles To Look for in 2018

A Wrinkle in Time, The Hate U Give, Paddington, and more are coming to a theater near you in the new year.

‘Wonder’ Movie Review

Author R.J. Palacio’s voice is heard loud and clear in the exceptionally sharp movie version of her popular 2012 novel.

‘Wonderstruck’ at the Movies

Fans of Brian Selznick’s book will have little to complain about in this often enthralling adaptation.

‘The Big Bad Fox’ and ‘The Breadwinner’ Movies Premiere

Two book-to-screen adaptations recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Romance with a Twist: The New “Everything, Everything” Movie

Nicola Yoon’s acclaimed YA novel Everything, Everything comes to the big screen, starring Amandla Stenberg.

Are We There Yet? | “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” Movie Review

The film series of Jeff Kinney’s wildly popular books returns to the screen after a five-year hiatus.

Melanie Fishbane On “Maud,” A YA Novel About L.M. Montgomery’s Teen Years

SLJ chats with Maud author Melanie Fishbane about her process of researching the famous author, the new Netflix Anne adaptation, and fandom.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!