A Wrinkle in Time: the Graphic Novel adapted by Hope Larson

A graphic novel adaptation of the classic tale in which Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. [description from WorldCat]

wrinkleintimegnA Wrinkle in Time is one of my favorite novels from my childhood. I was excited to check this adaptation after reading Hope Larson’s other work and I was not disappointed. The artwork perfectly captures the feeling of the book. I thought Larson showed so much emotion in the characters’ faces and the color palette was just right for the tone. Fans of the original will enjoy this along with people just picking it up now.

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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday. [description from WorldCat]

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Ethan has been having nightmares that are disturbingly real. Things get even stranger when the girl from his dreams shows up at his school and it turns out she is the niece of the creepy town shut-in. Ethan can’t help but be drawn to Lena and gets sucked into her world – a shadowy version of his very own town that holds more secrets than he ever imagined.

I finally read Beautiful Creatures even though I’m a few years late. I figure that I might see the movie sometime soon and I’d like to have read the book first. I enjoyed it more than I anticipated; I usually shy away from things that seem like they will be mostly paranormal romance. While some of the rules about Casters and Keepers and all the Official Capitalized Words were a little much for me, the characters and the story drew me in and kept me interested until the end. Despite the long length it was a quick read. Plus there was an awesome librarian character, which is always a bonus!

Best of the Best Update

So far for the YALSA Best of the Best Reading Challenge I’ve read:

  • The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater
  • What Happened to Goodbye, by Sarah Dessen
  • Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brosgol
  • Bake Sale, by Sara Varon
  • Hera: The Goddess and her Glory, by George O’Connor

And for some quick thoughts on each book:

Loosely based on Celtic mythology, The Scorpio Races is set on the island of Thisby, where each year deadly water horses emerge from the sea and are captured and raced by islanders.  Sean Kendrick is a four-time champion of the races, although he does not own his beloved water horse Corr.  Puck Connolly impulsively decides to enter the races as the first woman rider in an attempt to keep her older brother from leaving for the mainland, and through a loophole in the rules is going to ride her beloved normal horse Dove.  Puck rides for her family, and Sean rides for his freedom.  They form an unlikely friendship, which slowly becomes something more, even as they know that only one of them can win the race.  I enjoyed The Scorpio Races more than I thought I would.  It was a little slow going at the beginning but I got very drawn into the descriptions of the island, the water horses, and the race.  I’m not a horse person myself, so some of the details about taking care of the horses went a little over my head, but theme of love and loyalty between people and their animals is relatable by any animal lover.  The writing was great and the romantic element was just right – a nice counterpoint to the slower descriptive sections, and the action scenes.

What Happened to Goodbye is a bit different than my usual genres of reading.  I’m not very drawn to contemporary realistic fiction like Sarah Dessen’s books.  In this one, McLean’s parents have gone through a nasty divorce that resulted in McLean choosing to live with her father, despite his needing to relocated every six months or so for work.  She takes the opportunity to reinvent herself in every town they get too, whether she decides to be a preppy girl, a cheerleader, a theater geek, or something else.  When they arrive in the fourth town in two years, McLean accidentally ends up being McLean again, and she has to figure out what that means.  What Happened to Goodbye was well-written, and I enjoyed it well enough while reading it, but it’s just not my favorite genre.  I’d definitely recommend it to people looking for realistic fiction with some romance though.

Anya’s Ghost is a graphic novel about a high schooler who struggles with her Russian background and dorky status at her private school.  Anya falls down an old well in a park and finds the ghost of a girl who fell down the well and died years earlier.  When Anya is rescued, the ghost, Emily, follows her.  At first Emily seems like a great friend, helping Anya cheat on tests and get the attention of the boy she likes.  Slowly though, Emily’s true intentions are revealed, and they are pretty evil.  As Anya tries to get rid of Emily and protect her family, she starts to recognize how valuable the people in her life are.  Anya’s Ghost was just the right amount of creepy and scary, along with a realistic portrayal of high school for a girl who feels she doesn’t fit it.  It was a really enjoyable read, and the art was great as well.

I love Sara Varon’s Robot Dreams, a wordless graphic novel for kids, so I was excited to read Bake Sale.  In it, Cupcake runs a bakery and is in a band with his friend Eggplant.  Eggplant is going to Turkey to visit his aunt and Cupcake wants to go with him to meet his baking idol Turkish Delight.  As Cupcake saves up money for the trip, Eggplant runs into some problems, and Cupcake has to decide whether he should go to Turkey on his own or give his savings to his friend.  This was a cute story, and Sara Varon’s artwork is colorful and fun.  Overall I was not as impressed by the story as I was with Robot Dreams.  Despite the theme of caring for your friends, there wasn’t that much depth to the story or the emotions.  Not a bad read, but I’d recommend Robot Dreams over Bake Sale.

Hera: The Goddess and her Glory is the third book in George O’Connor’s Olympians graphic novel series.  I am a big fan of the first two, Zeus and Athena.  The series tells the stories of a god or goddess and includes some extra information in the back about how O’Connor decided what elements of the myth to emphasize in his telling, along with some facts about the major characters in the book.  Hera felt a little more scattered to me, just because it told the story of Hera and the story of Heracles.  The art was just as wonderful as in the first two books.  The series is a great way to read the stories of the Greek gods.

Skype

Like everyone else, I don’t have admin privileges to download and install Skype on my work computer. At home I use Google Video Chat to talk to family members, which works well.

YALSA Best of the Best Reading Challenge

YALSA recently announced their 2012 Best of the Best Reading Challenge, and I’m going to attempt it.  Even though my reading time has been significantly reduced since a certain baby made her appearance eight months ago, I’ll do my best.  I’m planning on keeping track of the books I read right here on this blog.

Screencast.com

I hadn’t used or heard of Screencast.com before, but it seems just about the same as box.net, which I use frequently.

Here’s my embedded photo:

It’s from my Minute to Win It program last summer.

Twitter

I made a Twitter account a few years ago, used it infrequently for a couple months, then decided I thought it was pointless and deleted my few tweets.  I kept my account in case I wanted to continue following people, but I never bothered to log in again until today.  I’m @fancypantspete on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/fancypantspete.

Our library already has a Twitter account, with various information posted about our hours, programs, etc.  Unlike on facebook, where we have a general library page and a separate teen services page, I don’t maintain a teen services BPL Twitter account.  I don’t think the teens around here are using Twitter – I never hear them mention it – so I would not bother to create one.

I will not continue using Twitter personally or professionally; like I said, I don’t like it.  It’s just one more thing to check and I don’t have the time.  I’d much rather interact with my friends on facebook than Twitter and I don’t feel the need to follow the few who are on Twitter there as well.  Some of them have also deleted or abandoned their accounts too.  I thought I would keep my account in case I wanted to still follow interesting public figures, but most of the ones I was following tweet so frequently, and frequently in reply to other users, it just feels like spam.

I tried Twitterfeed.  It was easy enough to use, although I won’t continue using it because I don’t plan on using Twitter.  If I was, I think it would be more useful to me to feed tweets into facebook than vice versa.

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