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Level Up: Pairing Video Games with Children’s and YA Books (Call of Duty)

11 Aug

Level Up- Video Game Book ListsEach Thursday this summer, I’ll be posting a video game and corresponding book list. This is just a fun, personal project that was actually the brainchild of my boyfriend who thought that A) it sounded awesome and B) that there are a lot of parents who would love to have some resources for those kids who would rather be in front of a screen than a book. I’m hoping these titles will appeal to both boys and girls who love gaming and who do love storytelling; they just need the right book to make them readers. Each list will include the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) rating for the game. I know that every family is different, but want to make sure this information is provided as I’ll be offering lists for games for younger kids as well as teens.

Call of Duty (Mature)

photoCall of Duty is a first-person shooter video game with a number of games in the franchise. The original game sequences started as a World War II story that combines infantry and arms warfare as you follow soldiers from the perspective of a variety of soldiers.  As the games have progressed,  The Modern Warfare story arc has moved into the modern era with modern equipment and new features to explore.  Now, moving into the future, Call of Duty, Infinite Warfare will be released in November as players are now looking to colonies in outer space as Earth has become overpopulated and stripped of all natural resources.  Although there have been changes to the game since its inception in 2003, this is one of the popular and long-standing videogames on the market.  Books chosen for this category are looking closely at the new games in this system with futuristic, science fiction titles on this list.

Little Brother by Cory Doctrow
Marcus is a whiz on computers and thinks he know how it all works, that is until the Department of Homeland Security whisks him away to a secret prison where he is interrogated for days following a terrorist attack on San Francisco.  For Marcus, it was all about being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and when he is finally released from prison, the city is completely different – being operated as a police state with suspicion growing.  So Marcus does the only thing he knows – he takes to the online world to share his story and take down DHS.
Maximum Ride by James Patterson
A fast paced series how only James Patterson knows how, is about a group of six kids running for their lives with no homes or families to run to.  What’s more, the kids are genetically engineered and have the ability to fly, but now someone or something is after them, but without answers to the many questions they have, how will they survive and who will the trust?
Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
What happens when technology takes over the world?  You’ll find out in this thriller – a few people notice in the months leading up to the Zero Hour that technology has a had a few glitches, but it’s not until Archos, a massively powerful artificial intelligence machine takes over the global networks that the human race must come together to save themselves.
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

 Juan Rico signed up with the Federal Service at the spur of the moment, but as he learns about what it takes to be a soldier, he is determined to become a trooper.  But when war comes as it does eventually, Juan Rico must learn the reason why he’s become a soldier after knowing the how.  Battle scenes and high-tech weapons abound, but the story’s true bread and butter comes down to the people and the politics behind war.

World War Z by Max Brooks
A different take on a zombie apocalypse, this story tells the first-hand accounts of survivors of the Zombie War as Max Brooks travels from cities where thousands of people use to live to the far reaches of the planet to ensure that these stories survive, even if no one else does.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Middle Grade Books Guaranteed to Make You Ugly Cry

9 Aug

Ten Middle Grade Books That Are Guaranteed to Make You Ugly Cry

I have one young lady who I have known since I started at the library eight years ago, she LOVED to read funny picture books for years, even as she grew up and was perfectly capable of reading chapter books – she LOVED funny picture books, so much so, that I ran out of suggestions for her.  Fast forward a couple of years, now she’s the kid who I hand every “crying” book to.  She loves them all!  I’m not always a huge fan of crying through a book, because they’re usually breaking my heart as I read them, but she just absolutely adores them.  I think that sometimes middle school kids have so many emotions that they don’t know what to do with and by reading these books, you can get in a good therapeutic cry and feel better.  So without further ado, my list of middle grade books that you need a box of tissues to read.

  1. Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  2. See You at Harry’s  by Jo Knowles
  3. Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
  4. A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean
  5. One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  6. Pax by Sara Pennypacker
  7. Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  8. Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin
  9. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
  10. The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Level Up: Pairing Video Games with Children’s and YA Books (Fallout)

28 Jul

Level Up- Video Game Book ListsEach Thursday this summer, I’ll be posting a video game and corresponding book list. This is just a fun, personal project that was actually the brainchild of my boyfriend who thought that A) it sounded awesome and B) that there are a lot of parents who would love to have some resources for those kids who would rather be in front of a screen than a book. I’m hoping these titles will appeal to both boys and girls who love gaming and who do love storytelling; they just need the right book to make them readers. Each list will include the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) rating for the game. I know that every family is different, but want to make sure this information is provided as I’ll be offering lists for games for younger kids as well as teens.

Fallout: A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game (Mature)

Fallout.jpgFallout is an open world role-playing game that is set in the aftermath of global nuclear war in an alternate history timeline mid-22nd century. (Wikipedia) The main character has survived by living in a long-term shelter known as a Vault and is now focused on locating the Water Chip to save the survivors from dehydration and certain death. The books below are all about surviving some seemingly unbearable situations.

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The Builders created Ember to hold everything needed for survival hundreds of years ago, but now the storerooms are almost empty, the crops are failing and electricity around the city is failing.  When Lina and Doon discover ancient parchment they learn that all is not as it seems, but will the people of Ember believe them?

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen

The world as Eli knew it is gone and he and his family have been living in the underground Compound for six years.  The monotony of the day-to-day life that comes along with living in close quarters with your entire family is beginning to wear on Eli. But soon Eli’s father’s plans for the Compound threaten their way of life and Eli wonders if taking his chances above ground might be for the best.

Fallout by Todd Strasser

Scott’s dad is the only one in the neighborhood who’s taken the threat of nuclear war during the summer of 1962 seriously.  He’s created a fallout shelter in the backyard and stocked it with enough supplies for the family.  But the unthinkable happens and the neighbors pushed and prodded their way into the shelter along with Scott’s family.  Now all of their plans are for naught as there isn’t enough food, air or space.  Emotions run high and stress runs higher as the debate rages on when it’s safe to open the hatch.

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

In graphic novel form, this story is set in futuristic, fascist England as a totalitarian government has taken people’s most basic freedoms.  When a man in a white porcelain mask begins fighting society’s oppressors through acts of terrorism, the reader must decide what is right and good and if the mysterious man is taking it too far. Check out the film by the same title.  This title is suggested for older teens.

Z is for Zachariah by Roberth C. O’Brien

Ann is sixteen years old and the only one left after nuclear war ravaged Earth and killed everyone she had ever known.  For an entire year, Ann has lived in a valley all by herself with no evidence of survivors, until she she’s smoke from a campsite.  A man is working his way toward  her safe haven and Ann has no idea what he wants with her and whether or not she can trust him.

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15 Books to Keep You Cool This Summer

15 Jul

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  1. Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
  2. The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz
  3. Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
  4. Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle
  5. Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson
  6. Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon
  7. Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse
  8. Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed by Sally M. Walker
  9. You Wouldn’t Want to be a Polar Explorer!: An Expedition You’d Rather Not Go On by David Salariya
  10. Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and The Endurance by Jennifer Armstrong
  11. I, Matthew Hudson, Polar Explorer by Carole Boston Weatherford
  12. Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill
  13. Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
  14. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  15. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

Level Up: Pairing Video Games with Children’s and YA Books (Skylanders)

14 Jul

Level Up- Video Game Book ListsEach Thursday this summer, I’ll be posting a video game and corresponding book list. This is just a fun, personal project that was actually the brainchild of my boyfriend who thought that A) it sounded awesome and B) that there are a lot of parents who would love to have some resources for those kids who would rather be in front of a screen than a book. I’m hoping these titles will appeal to both boys and girls who love gaming and who do love storytelling; they just need the right book to make them readers. Each list will include the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) rating for the game. I know that every family is different, but want to make sure this information is provided as I’ll be offering lists for games for younger kids as well as teens.

Skylanders (Everyone – Everyone 10+)

Skylanders_LogoSkylanders is a toys-to-life videogame similar to Disney Infinity.  The Skylanders characters live in a magical realm where they defend their worlds from a variety of threats.  The books chosen for this videogame include toys coming to life, the magical realm, and time travel.  These stories are perfect for boys and girls who like adventure with a little bit of fantasy thrown in for good measure.

The Doll People by Ann M. Martin

The Doll Family has lived together being passed down from generation to generation and nothing much has changed except for Auntie Sarah Doll going missing and the plastic Funcraft family moving in next door.  Annabelle Doll with the help of her new friend is going to find out what happened to Auntie Sarah at any costs.

The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop

Ten-year-old William has done the unthinkable – he has shrunken his nanny to the same size as his toy knight who lives in a castle handed down through the generations.  William now must shrink himself and go on a quest in order to save his nanny.  A coming-of-age story with just a bit of fantasy.

Knights of the Kitchen Table (The Time Warp Trio series) by Jon Scieszka

With a little help from “The Book” Joe, Fred and Sam are transported to King Arthur’s Britain and are mistaken for heroes when they defeat the Black Knight and trick a giant to fight a dragon.  Filled with humor that’s perfect for the age group this is a great series for early chapter book readers.

The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles series) by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Jared, Simon and Mallory come across an old field guide in the mansion they’ve just moved into and realize that the magical realm is a very real place filled with creatures they have only ever dreamed about.

Zombiekins by Kevin Bolger

Stanley buys cute and cuddly Zombiekins at a neighbor’s yard sale, but doesn’t realize what he’s done until it’s too late!  When Zombiekins is exposed to moonlight he becomes a fearsome zombie-monster turning Stanley’s classmates into zombies as well.  Can Stanley find a way to save the day before he turns into a zombie himself?

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