Book Spotlight: The Marbury Lens

The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith

Review by Rebecca, Windsor Branch

After escaping abduction by a stranger, 16 year old Jack visits London, where he gains access to an alternate reality via a pair of special glasses.

Why I picked it up:  The cover piqued my interest, and the book summary convinced me to read it.

Why I finished it:  I was dying to find out whether the world of Marbury was real, or just a hallucination.

I'd recommend it to:  Anyone who enjoys considering the nature of reality, and who likes a good story.  The descriptions in the book were fantastic.

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!

Revenge of the Witch View full image
Curse of the Bane View full image
Night of the Soul Stealer View full image
 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
   
   

 

Short Stories

Do you have a favorite author?  Think you have read everything by that author?  Did you know that many young adult authors write short stories?  You could be missing a story from your favorite author.  Are you unsure about an author?  Read one of their short stories to get a feel for their writing style.  Here are some of the authors that are included in our list of short stories:  M.T. Anderson, Sarah Dessen, John Green, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Stephenie Meyer, Garth Nix, Neal Shusterman, Vivian Vande Velde, Nancy Werlin and Scott Westerfeld.

21 Dresses
Authors include:  Libba Bray, Jacqueline Woodson, Ned Vizzini, John Green, Sarah Mylnowski, Melissa de la Cruz, Holly Black, Brent Hartinger, Lisa Sandell, Will Leitch, Leslie Margolis, Cecily von Ziegesar, E. Lockhart, Jodi Anderson, David Levithan, Dan Ehrenhaft, Liz Craft, Aimee Friedman, and Adrienne Vrettos
666:  the number of the beast
Authors include:  Peter Abrahams, Christopher Pike, Joyce Carol Oates, Heather Graham, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Robin Wasserman and Melissa de la Cruz.
Firebirds Rising
Authors include:  Francesca Lia Block, Alan Dean Foster, Diana Wynne Jones, Tanith Lee and Tamora Pierce
First Kiss (then tell)
Authors include:  Deb Caletti, Nikki Grimes, Shannon Hale, Sarah Mlynowski, Donna Jo Napoli and Scott Westerfeld
Gothic!:  ten original dark tales
Authors include:  M.T. Anderson, Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix and Vivian Vande Velde
Let it Snow:  three holiday romances
Even though these stories take place during the holiday season they will warm your heart all year around.
Authors:  John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle.
Love is Hell
Authors include:  Melissa Marr, Scott Westerfeld and Gabrielle Zevin
No such thing as the real world:  stories about growing up and getting a life

Authors include:  M.T. Anderson, K.L. Going, Chris Lynch, Jacqueline Woodson
Prom Nights From Hell
Authors include:  Meg Cabot, Lauren Myracle, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe and Stephenie Meyer
The Restless Dead:  ten original stories of the supernatural
Authors include:  Annette Curtis Klause, Deborah Noyes, Libba Bray, M.T Anderson and Holly Black
Troll’s Eye View:  a book of villainous tales
Authors include:  Garth Nix, Nancy Farmer, Holly Black, and Neil Gaiman
Sideshow:  ten original tales of freaks, illusionists, and other matters odd and magical
Authors include:  Vivian Vande Velde, Annette Curtis Klause, Cynthia Leitich Smith and Matt Phelan
Twice Told:  original stories inspired by original art
Authors include:  Sarah Dessen, John Green, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Neal Shusterman and Nancy Werlin
What are you afraid of?:  stories about phobias
Authors include:  Gail Giles, David Lubar and Neal Shusterman
Vacations from Hell
Authors include:  Sarah Mlynowski, Claudia Gray, Maureen Johnson, Cassandra Clare and Libba Bray

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