Book-to-Movie News!

Attention all Horror-Fantasy fans!  

Joseph Delaney's popular tween-teen crossover series "The Last Apprentice" — now on book 8 or so —  is being adapted into a movie!

The movie, planned as the first in a series, will be based on the first book only,  Revenge of the Witch, and will be called "The Seventh Son."  Stars already lined up include Jeff Bridges (as the Spook) and Julianne Moore (as scary-evil witch Mother Malkin).  No announcement yet who will play the young apprentice Tom (although one rumor says Alex Pettyfer).  The latest IMDb posting has it scheduled for release in 2013.

Haven't read these yet?  Don't be fooled by the location of these books in the children's section of the library — they are seriously creepy!  And the 2013 movie release date gives you plenty of time to catch up!

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 Attack of the Fiend  View full image
 Wrath of the Bloodeye  View full image
 Clash of the Demons  View full image
 Rise of the Huntress  View full image
 Rage of the Fallen  releases April 19, 2011
   
   

 

RIP, Diana Wynne Jones

Man, it's been a bad year for authors, and it's still only March!  We lost another of the greats on Saturday, as British fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones passed away after a two-year battle with cancer.

Wynne Jones published books that were equally loved by children, teens, and adults, and writers as varied as J.K. Rowling to Neil Gaiman claim her as one of their greatest influences.

For more information about her rich life, read this obituary from School Library Journal, or this reminiscence from the blog of Neil Gaiman, who traveled to Britain to visit with her last week.  And for folks who haven't discovered her funny, wise, and witty fantasy books for all ages, check out some of these titles:

The Chronicles of Chrestomanci:

Charmed life 

The lives of Christopher Chant

Conrad's Fate

Witch week

The magicians of Caprona

 

The Derkholm series:

Dark Lord of Derkholm

Year of the Griffin

 

The Dalemark Quartet

 The Spellcoats

Drowned Ammet

Cart and Cwidder

Crown of Dalemark

 

The Howl's Moving Castle series

Howl's Moving Castle

Castle in the Air

House of Many Ways

 

And so many other wonderful stand-alone titles– HexwoodEnchanted Glass!  The upcoming "Earwig and the Witch!" 

 Diana, you will be missed.

Book Spotlight: Henna Magic

  Henna Magic by Philippa Faulks

If you are interested in henna this is the book for you.  Henna Magic goes into great detail about what henna is, the "magic" of henna, the history of henna, the rituals of henna and more. 

The last two summers Sonoma County Library hosted a henna program for teens.  Click on the old blog entries to see pictures from these henna programs.

http://sonomalibrary.org/blogs/ya/2010/07/16/whats-happening/

http://sonomalibrary.org/blogs/ya/2010/06/18/pictures-from-summer-reading-programs/

http://sonomalibrary.org/blogs/ya/2009/08/01/henna/

Inheritance is coming!

This just in!

In a press release today from Random House Children's Books, it was announced that the final book of the wildly-popular Christopher Paolini "Inheritance" series will be released in November 2011!  Wahoo!! 

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Book 1: Eragon

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Book 2: Eldest

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Book 3: Brisingr

Inheritance

Book 4: Inheritance

This exciting news comes more than three years after the release of the previous book.  Author Christopher Paolini (only 17 years old when he wrote the first book) is quoted as saying:  "The burning questions asked by fans around the world will finally be answered in this last installment.  All will be revealed!"

Click here for a link to the Random House publisher's description of the new book.

I'm looking forward to it!  Are you?

Battle of the Books– check it out!

The magazine School Library Journal is running its second annual "Battle of the Kids' Books," which pits 16 of the very best books for young people of the year, judged by some of the most famous authors of children's books. 

Children's books and teen books;  fiction and nonfiction, they are all thrown in together to pick out what is THE. BEST. KIDS. BOOK. of the year. 

Author-judges include folks such as Karen Hesse, R.L. Stine, Barry Lyga, Francisco X. Stork, Karen Cushman and Richard Peck. 

There is one decision a day, starting on this past Monday, March 14th.  Some awesome titles have already been knocked out of the running.  Thank goodness for "The Undead Poll," where readers were allowed to vote for a book to be "resurrected from the dead" after Round Three.

Round One will winnow the list from 16 books down to 8;  Round Two will get it down to 4;  Round Three will get us to the top two books, and then we we get the winner in the Big Kahuna Round. 

Are you interested?  I sure am!  Follow along with me as the winners emerge each day!

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss??

It seems the speculation about who will play Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games movie may almost be over. Now we just need to wait with bated breath to see who will play Peeta and Gale.

www.variety.com

I haven't seen "Winter's Bone," which I guess is what catapulted Jennifer to the top of the casting list.  I definitely don't picture Katniss as a cute blonde, but I guess Hollywood can make people look anyhow they like.  I liked the portrayal of Katniss by Danielle Chuchran (who is also a blonde) in this trailer, so looks don't really matter. 

What do you think about Jennifer Lawrence playing this role?

Happy Women’s History Month!

Did you know that the origins of Women's History Month actually began in Sonoma County? 

In the 1970s, although groups like the National Organization of Women (NOW)and ERAmerica were fighting to have the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratified as the 27th Amendment to the Constitution, the topic of women's history was completely unknown in both the public consciousness and in school curricula. 

To address this perceived lack, in 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women initiated the first-ever "Women's History Week" celebration.  The program was a huge success, with special programs in the schools, speakers around the county, an essay contest, and finally a celebratory parade held in downtown Santa Rosa as the finale of the week.

Upon hearing of the success of the Sonoma County program, several prominent women's groups began lobbying for a national celebration — and in 1980, President Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring the first-ever "Women's History Week," which was in early March of that year.  And in 1987, Congress declared March as National Women's History Month in perpetuity.  

All thanks to the local community support in Sonoma County!  Yeah!

Check out this website and add your own stories to the ongoing fabric of women’s history:  http://1000memories.com/women-in-history.

You can include photos, narratives, and memories of your mothers, grandmothers, and heroines, alongside famous women from history. This website allows for a collective celebration of women's history and creates a place where current and future generations can be inspired by the role of women in history.  The idea is to create a single place where the women important in each of our lives are remembered side-by-side.

 What better way is there to celebrate Women's History Month, than to tell the stories of women who are important to you?