Ender’s Game – the movie

 

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Ender’s Game

Orson Scott Card

Hugo Award Winner,  Nebula Award Winner

The worldwide bestseller, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, with featured cover art from the major motion picture starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin.

Once again, the Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who
can defeat the aliens. But who?

 Ender Wiggin. Brilliant. Ruthless. Cunning. A tactical and strategic master. And a child.

Free excerpt,  Book Club notes, Movie Trailer  =>  http://bit.ly/14ksRPH

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A moving exploration of loss and mourning – “The Lovely Bones”

The Lovely Bones

by Alice Sebold

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On her way home from school on a snowy December day in 1973, 14-year-old Susie Salmon (“like the fish”) is lured into a makeshift underground den in a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer–the man she knew as her neighbor, Mr. Harvey.

Alice Sebold’s haunting and heartbreaking debut novel, The Lovely Bones, unfolds from heaven, where “life is a perpetual yesterday” and where Susie narrates and keeps watch over her grieving family and friends, as well as her brazen killer and the sad detective working on her case.

Though sentimental at times, The Lovely Bones is a moving exploration of loss and mourning that ultimately puts its faith in the living and that is made even more powerful by a cast of convincing characters. Sebold orchestrates a big finish, and though things tend to wrap up a little too well for everyone in the end, one can only imagine (or hope) that heaven is indeed a place filled with such happy endings. –Brad Thomas => http://bit.ly/15FAEt6

Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie  

by Kate Di Camillo

Recalling the fiction of Harper Lee and Carson McCullers, here is a funny, poignant, and utterly genuine first novel from a major new talent.
An unforgettable first novel about coming of age one sweet summer–and learning to love what you have.

Discussion notes, trailer, teacher lesson plans & more => http://bit.ly/TwLZCR

From the archives – Ken Follett’s “Fall of Giants”

Fall of Giants

by Ken Follett

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. => http://bit.ly/SUEL0e

The untold story of the Sandakan Death Marches of the Second World War – Sandakan by Paul Ham

Sandakan

Paul Ham

The untold story of the Sandakan Death Marches of the Second World War.

This is the story of the three-year ordeal of the Sandakan prisoners of war – a barely known episode of unimaginable horror. This important and harrowing book narrates the full story of Sandakan, as told through the experiences of many of the participants. Paul Ham has interviewed the families of survivors and the deceased, in Australia, Britain and Borneo, and consulted thousands of court documents in an effort to piece together exactly what happened to the people who suffered and died in British North Borneo, and who was responsible.

Includes a link to the letter from the author to the Emperor of Japan and an interview with the author  =>  http://bit.ly/S35i7o

There’s hippopotamus on our roof eating cake – trailer and fiction activities

There’s a Hippopotamus on our roof eating cake

Hazel Edwards

My daddy says there’s a hole in our roof. I know why there’s a hole. There’s a hippopotamus on our roof eating cake.’ This classic story about one of the largest and most famous imaginary friends has been delighting children around the world now for 30 years.

http://bit.ly/jjjXT0 for more on the book, the trailer and fiction activities for the book

Trailer for Jodi Picoult’s “Sing You Home”

Sing You Home

Jodi Picoult

After Zoe and Max’s last attempt to conceive fails tragically, their marriage breaks apart. When Zoe falls in love again and considers having a family, she remembers that there are still frozen embryos that were never used. But who do they really belong to? An honest and moving story of contemporary relationships and the consequences when love and desire collide with science and the law.

More (plus the trailer) here => http://bit.ly/oREe9n

Read the book of the movie, Lincoln Lawyer


The Lincoln Lawyer

Michael Connelly

The acclaimed thriller from the award-winning No.1 bestselling author – adapted into a major film for spring 2011
For defence attorney Mickey Haller, the clock is always ticking. Operating out of the back of a Lincoln car, and with two ex-wives and dozens of guilty clients, he can’t afford to miss a trick.

more here = the trailer of the movie => http://bit.ly/iFwJ8Z

Bestseller for kids – Artemis Fowl

I have just put together a page for Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – with this synopsis, a trailer and a package of links to more than 20 fiction activities for the book. You can visit it here => http://bit.ly/luVDdz

Twelve-year-old villain, Artemis Fowl, is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. His bold and daring plan is to hold a leprechaun to ransom. But he’s taking on more than he bargained for when he kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance Unit). For a start, leprechaun technology is more advanced than our own. Add to that the fact that Holly is a true heroine and that her senior officer Commander Root will stop at nothing to get her back and you’ve got the mother of all sieges brewing!

Edgar-winner Coben’s 10th Myron Bolitar novel (after Long Lost) is a perfect 10

Live Wire

by Harlan Coben

Edgar-winner Coben’s 10th Myron Bolitar novel (after Long Lost) is a perfect 10: providing readers with new information about the past of the former athlete turned agent and owner of MB Reps; a satisfyingly complex mystery; and the always entertaining, sometimes shocking exploits of Bolitar’s partner and friend, Windsor Horne Lockwood III (aka Win).

=> http://bit.ly/izSaPO