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Ender's Game - Movie Review

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Ender's Game (rated PG13), the movie, opens Friday, November 1.  The review is in from Common Sense Media!  They gave it 4 stars for Positive Role Models and 4 stars overall!  Violence is prevalent, earning 3 stars - so something to discuss with our kids.   Click on the link to see the full review. 

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The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown | Fun Fiction Fridays | Scoop.it

The #1 New York Times bestseller about the Greatest Generation freshly adapted for the next generation.
 
For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Great Depression comes the astonishing tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant. With rowers who were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew was never expected to defeat the elite East Coast teams, yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler.
 
At the center of the tale is Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, whose personal quest captures the spirit of his generation—the generation that would prove in the coming years that the Nazis could not prevail over American determination and optimism.
 
This deeply emotional yet easily accessible young readers adaptation of the award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller features never-before-seen photographs, highly visual back matter, and an exclusive new introduction.

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Voyagers 1-Project Alpha by D.J. MacHale

Voyagers 1-Project Alpha by D.J. MacHale | Fun Fiction Fridays | Scoop.it

Earth is about to go dark. Without a new power source, life as we know it will be toast. A global competition is under way to determine which four kids will join the secret mission that might just save us all. Project Alpha is a contest of physical challenges, mental puzzles, and strategic alliances. The battle is fierce. Who will lead the team? Who will pilot the most complicated space ship ever built? Who will be a friend? An enemy? And how will they survive over a year stuck on a space ship together? 

Once chosen, the Voyagers will journey to the far reaches of space, collecting unique elements and facing unbelievable dangers. The future of our planet is in their hands. Sure, they’ll be the best in the world . . . but can they save the world? 

The action is on the page, on your device, and out of this world! And you don’t have long to wait, 6 books are coming all in one year! 

Do you have what it takes to be a Voyager?

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson | Fun Fiction Fridays | Scoop.it

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it "a deadpan epic."

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

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Saving Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

Saving Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea | Fun Fiction Fridays | Scoop.it
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The kids from Mr. Terupt’s fifth- and sixth-grade classes are entering their first year of junior high school. There’s a lot to be excited about, but there are new challenges, too.Peter and Jeffrey face tough competition on their wrestling team. Alexia has a disastrous first day of school, and that’s only the beginning. Anna is desperate for Charlie to propose to her mother—what is he waiting for?! Danielle isn’t feeling so well, but she's trying to tough it out, like Grandma. Trouble with a bully makes Luke dread going to school for the first time ever. And Jessica is waiting anxiously for an acceptance to a theater retreat in New York City.

 

Everyone is missing Mr. Terupt. When a fight threatens to break up the group forever, they think their favorite teacher is the only one who can help them. But the kids soon find out that it’s Mr. Terupt who needs saving.

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Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Sunny’s summer in Florida isn’t necessarily a trip to the amusement park. She’ll need to make her own fun, and see life sunny side up, in this graphic novel ...
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Following the lives of kids whose older brother's delinquent behavior has thrown their family into chaos, Sunny Side Up is at once a compelling "problem" story and a love letter to the comic books that help the protagonist make sense of her world.

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8th Grade - The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons FIC SIM

Once there was a time when men and women lived as equals, when girl babies were valued, and women could belong only to themselves. But that was ten generatio...
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8th grade - ROOK by Sharon Cameron FIC CAM

"The heavy blade hung high above the prisoners, glinting against the stars, and then the Razor came down, a wedge of falling darkness cutting through the torchlight. One solid thump, and four more heads had been shaved from their bodies. The mob around the scaffold roared, a sudden deluge of cheers and mockery that broke like a wave against the viewing box, where the officials of the Sunken City watched from velvet chairs.The noise gushed on, over the coffins, around bare and booted feet crowding thick across the flagstones, pouring down the drains and into the deep tunnels beneath the prison yard like filth overflowing the street gutters. The city was bloodthirsty tonight.ROOK, by Sharon Cameron, April 28, 2015, from Scholastic Press History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose ..."

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8th grade: The Debut Club: An interview with Jenny Martin, author of Tracked FIC MAR

8th grade:  The Debut Club: An interview with Jenny Martin, author of Tracked  FIC MAR | Fun Fiction Fridays | Scoop.it
Sweet Sixteener Janet Taylor recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Jenny Martin about her YA science fiction novel, TRACKED (May 5, 2015 from Dial/Penguin). About the Author:  Jenny Martin is a libr...
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Rebecca Caudill Books 2016

Rebecca Caudill Books 2016 | Fun Fiction Fridays | Scoop.it

Click here to view the awesome books on this year's Caudill list.  The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools.

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Nightsiders The Orphan Armyby Jonathan Maberry FIC MAB

Nightsiders The Orphan Armyby Jonathan Maberry FIC MAB | Fun Fiction Fridays | Scoop.it

Milo’s Louisiana bayou is overrun with alien bug invaders and magical creatures in this start to a new middle grade series.

In a world filled with Bugs—monsters that ceaselessly ravage the Earth—Milo Silk has a hard time keeping his dreams separate from reality. So he keeps them locked up in his dream journal and hopes they’ll never come to pass. But too often, they do—like when his father disappeared three years ago. Lately, the Witch of the World has been haunting his dreams, saying he is destined to be the hero who saves everyone. But all Milo can think about is how he fears the Bugs will attack his own camp, and bring something even more terrible than ever before.

What Milo doesn’t know is that the Earth is already fighting back with its own natural power in the form of Nightsiders, magical creatures who prefer shadows to sunlight and who reside in trees, caves, and rivers. And the Nightsiders are ready to find an ally in Milo.

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Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes FIC RHO

It's Maddy's turn to have a bayou summer. At first she misses life back home in the city, but soon she grows to love everything about her new surroundings -- the glimmering fireflies, the glorious landscape, and something else, deep within the water, that only Maddy sees. Could it be a mermaid? As her grandmother shares wisdom about sayings and signs, Maddy realizes she may be only the sibling to carry on her family's magical legacy. And when a disastrous oil leak threatens the bayou, she knows she may also be the only one who can help. Does she have what it takes to be a hero?  http://jewellparkerrhodes.com/children/

 

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Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia FIC WIL

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia   FIC WIL | Fun Fiction Fridays | Scoop.it

Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.

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The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly FIC KEL

The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly  FIC KEL | Fun Fiction Fridays | Scoop.it


Whether wrangling a rogue armadillo or stray dog, a guileless younger brother or standoffish cousin, Callie Vee and her escapades will have readers laughing and crying in this return to Fentress, Texas.

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The 13th Reality-Books 1 & 2 by James Dashner

The 13th Reality-Books 1 & 2 by James Dashner | Fun Fiction Fridays | Scoop.it

What if every time you made a choice that had a significant consequence, a new, alternate reality was created—the life that would’ve been? What if those new Realities were in danger? What if it were up to you to save all the realities—and in turn, the entire universe? Atticus Higginbottom, a.k.a. Tick, is living a regular life until the day a strange letter arrives in his mailbox. Postmarked from Alaska and cryptically signed with the initials “M.G.,” the letter informs Tick that dangerous—perhaps even deadly—events have been set in motion that could result in the destruction of reality itself. Join Tick as he embarks on a series of adventures that cross time and space in the first two books of the acclaimed The 13th Reality series.

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War of the World Records by Matthew Ward

War of the World Records by Matthew Ward | Fun Fiction Fridays | Scoop.it

Arthur Whipple hasn't broken a single world record. But he may be his record-breaking family's only hope.

For as long as anyone can remember, Arthur Whipple's family has proudly held the title of 'Most Record-Breaking Family on earth,' But with rival record-breakers, the Goldwins, on the scene—not to mention an age-old family curse—the Whipples may no longer be able to hold on to the top prize at the upcoming World Record World Championships.

When a certain pair of unusually sized clowns causes a regulation hide-and-seek match to go horrifically wrong, Arthur and his unlikely ally, Ruby Goldwin, set out to catch the clowns' mysteries boss, known only as 'The Treasurer.' The young detectives follow the clues through darkened alleyways, dingy nightclubs, and the Gothic halls of the World Record Archives, where they unravel the mystery of the Whipple curse and the secrets of their fathers' shared past.

Through it all, Arthur must fight to save his family as he struggles to earn his first world record and prove himself worthy of the Whipple name. But when the dust from this war has settled, will there even be a Whipple name to be worthy of?

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So You Want To Be A Jedi? by Adam Gidwitz

So You Want To Be A Jedi? by Adam Gidwitz | Fun Fiction Fridays | Scoop.it
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So you want to be a Jedi?    I get that. It seems cool. You can move things with your mind. Control people with your thoughts.    Oh, and the lightsabers. Yeah, those are awesome.    But listen, it’s not all mind control and weaponized flashlights.    Being a Jedi requires patience and strength and self-awareness. And training. Lots of training.    You still want to be a Jedi?    Tell you what. I’m going to tell you a story. Not just a story. The story. The story of one of the greatest Jedi ever. As I tell it, I’m going to give you some tests. To see if you’ve got what it takes.    If you’re afraid, I don’t blame you. Most folks don’t have what it takes.Most folks are just ordinary. Which is okay. There is nothing wrong with ordinary. But if you’re ordinary, you can’t be a Jedi.    Do you want to hear the story? And do you want to undergo the tests?    Do you still want to be a Jedi?    Okay.    This is the story of a young man. His name was Luke Skywalker.    Now, even though this story is about him, I’m not going to tell it that way.    You want to become a Jedi.    He became one of the greatest Jedi of all.    If you want to follow in his footsteps, you need to walk in his shoes.    I mean, really walk in his shoes. And wear his clothes. And carry his lightsaber. And share his friends. And fight his enemies. You need, for the duration of this story, to become Luke.    If you do, you will have walked the long, difficult, dangerous path of a Jedi.    That path begins a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .
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THE HEIR by Kiera Cass | Official Book Trailer - YouTube

The official trailer for THE HEIR, the fourth book in Kiera Cass’ Selection series, is here! Prepare to get sentimental with Princess Eadlyn, as she looks ba...
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Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

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If you liked Divergent...8th grade - An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir - FIC TAH

"LAIA is a Scholar living under the brutal rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who vow to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they will find that their destinies are more intertwined that either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Vow your blood and body to the empire.
Keep your heart for yourself. 

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For fans of Mazerunner....8th grade - Undertow by Michael Buckley FIC BUC

"Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe quickly turns ugly, paranoid 
. . . and violent.

When Lyric is recruited to help the Alpha crown prince assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, with forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Tensions will rise. Loyalties will be questioned. And the real enemy has yet to surface . . .

Available in hardcover and eBook May 2015. Visit www.UndertowTrilogy.com to start reading. Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she...

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8th grade - Jessie Hartland’s “Insanely Great” tells Steve Jobs' life story as a graphic novel GRA B JOB

8th grade - Jessie Hartland’s “Insanely Great” tells Steve Jobs' life story as a graphic novel  GRA B JOB | Fun Fiction Fridays | Scoop.it

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this comic tale can hang with the sprawling biographies. From the author “I had heard he was a rebel, an iconoclast, and that he’d started a little business in his parents’ garage and it became the world’s most valuable company,” she explains. “I wanted to know more. Who wouldn’t want to know more?”

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8th grade - The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds - FIC REY

8th grade - The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds - FIC REY | Fun Fiction Fridays | Scoop.it
Matt wears a black suit every day. No, not because his mom died—although she did, and it sucks. But he wears the suit for his gig at the local funeral home, which pays way better than the Cluck Bucket, and he needs the income since his dad can’t handle the bills (or anything, really) on his own. So while Dad’s snagging bottles of whiskey, Matt’s snagging fifteen bucks an hour. Not bad. But everything else? Not good. Then Matt meets Lovey. She’s got a crazy name, and she’s been through more crazy than he can imagine. Yet Lovey never cries. She’s tough. Really tough. Tough in the way Matt wishes he could be. Which is maybe why he’s drawn to her, and definitely why he can’t seem to shake her. Because there’s nothing more hopeful than finding a person who understands your loneliness—and who can maybe even help take it away.
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8th grade: SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen FIC DES

"Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?"

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Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer FIC COL

http://thelandofstoriesbook.com Actor and author Chris Colfer answers ten questions in under a minute. His new novel, the #1 New York Times bestselling THE L...
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Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty FIC BEA

Serafina and the Black Cloak is an exciting new book from Disney Hyperion about an unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Esta...
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Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar FIC SAC

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar  FIC SAC | Fun Fiction Fridays | Scoop.it

Fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to and from Woodridge Academy together since elementary school. But their routine is disrupted when bully Chad Hilligas challenges Marshall to a fight. To avoid the conflict, Marshall takes a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. Tamaya, unaware of the reason for the detour, reluctantly follows. They soon get lost. And then they find trouble. Bigger trouble than anyone could ever have imagined.
 
In the days and weeks that follow, the authorities and the U.S. Senate become involved, and what they uncover might affect the future of the world..

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