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

1 Sep

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.

Destiny (Teen)

Big-Logo-Destiny-Wallpaper-HDDestiny is a first-person shooter set in a science fiction setting where the player becomes a Guardian to protect Earth’s last safe city where they yield the Light power to protects the city’s residents against a variety of alien races.  Books chosen for this video game include stories based in post apocalyptic settings where aliens are not uncommon and survival is key.  The books listed below are for teen readers and filled with action and adventure if a futuristic setting.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Cassie has survived the first four waves as the beings who look human kill anyone they come across.  The name of the game is survival and Cassie knows that in order to survive she must trust no one.  But when her brother is taken from her, Cassie must choose to find him herself or to trust Evan Walker who may just be able to help.  And she needs to decide soon, because the 5th wave is coming…
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
15-year-old Daisy is sent to visit her aunt and four cousins in England, but soon after she arrives, her aunt must go away on business and the next day a bomb is dropped on London.  Soon, the farm on which Daisy is staying with her cousins becomes a place more isolated as the world comes to terms with an unnamed enemy.  Without any adults, Daisy and her cousins must make tough choices in order to survive – stay on the farm or leave?
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Todd is run out of town – a town in which all the women have been killed and your thoughts are broadcast out loud for all the hear.  The cacophony of sound is almost overwhelming, but Todd knows that the town holds a secret.  Soon he is on the run with only his loyal dog (and the dog’s thoughts) to keep him company, until he comes across a silent girl.  Does she hold the key to find the answer to the secret Todd’s been searching for?
Icons by Margaret Stohl
Dol is one of four teenagers that survived The Day and are immune to the Icons powers.  The day the Icons came to Earth many people died, the power stopped and somehow Dol survived.  Soon the four realize they have more in common than they thought and their intense emotions which once got them into trouble are now a strength they need to survive.
Under the Dome by Stephen King
On a regular day in Chester’s Mill, Maine an invisible force field surrounds the town and separates it from the world.  Planes are crashing, people are separated from their families and no one knows what is happening.  A few unexpected townspeople bond together against a politician who will stop at nothing to hold onto his power in the town.  But the situation is dire because time is running out.  This book has also been adapted to television on the CBS network.

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Level Up: Pairing Video Games with Children’s and YA Books (Grand Theft Auto)

25 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.

Grand Theft Auto (Mature)

GtalogoGrand Theft Auto is an open-world action-adventure video game where players can choose missions to move the story forward, work or side activities with a focus on driving in fictional locations modeled after U.S. cities.  Although this game has more adult and mature themes, it is popular with a number of titles to its name in a varied of platforms.  The books I chose for this list include adventure style books with lots of action and include both titles suitable for a middle school audience and young adults.

Double Vision by F.T. Bradley

Lincoln doesn’t mean to cause so much trouble but ends up being expelled from school and threatened with a lawsuit after a harmless prank is played while on a field trip.  That is, until a secret government agency provides Linc with a proposition.  Role play as one of the agency’s kid agents who went missing and they’ll make the whole lawsuit disappear.  Lincoln’s just a regular kid – not a secret agent, will he be able to hack it in the real world?

Gone by Michael Grant

You’re safe, if you’re a teenager – everyone else is gone, just like that.  No adults and no phones, internet, or television.  And soon the teens start developing new and dangerous powers as they fight for survival in a world with no rules.  Reviewers liken this story to Lord of the Flies with elements of Stephen King.  The first in a series, you won’t want to put down.

Loot by Jude Watson

March’s father dies in a fall during a burglary and March is seemingly left as an orphan until he is reunited with a twin sister he never knew he had.  Between her street smarts and the clues his father gave him, March and Jules are on the hunt for their father’s next heist before his rivals get to it first. And if they do, they’ll have enough money to do what they want rather than being stuck in an orphanage that feels more like a prison.  This is a fast-paced adventure story for fans of the 39 Clues series.

The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice series) by John Flanagan

A fantasy option for adventure seekers, Will has always hoped to become a knight, but he ends up as a Ranger’s apprentice, joining the ranks of the secretive group whose sole job is to protect the kingdom from the evil warlord and the beasts that follow him.  Will soon learns that his job as a ranger’s apprentice involves more skill and is more dangerous than he ever could have imagined.  This is the first in a series about a young man finding his way in a world of unexpected adventure.

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Alex Rider can’t believe his uncle/guardian has been murdered, until he learns that his uncle worked for Special Operations M16 and was a spy for the British government.  Now, Alex must take over his uncle’s mission and after only two weeks of training, Alex is sent head first into a world he didn’t even know existed.  With action around every corner this is a page-turner you won’t be able to put down.  This is a perfect choice for young teens looking for a fast-paced, James Bond-style read.

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

18 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.

Disney Infinity (E 10+)

Dinfinityisney Infinity is an action-adventure videogame focused around many of the popular Disney characters that kids know from their animated movies.  The books recommended are specifically focused around Disney and around the magical aspect that Disney brings to everything they create.  These are just a few examples, many bookstores and libraries will carry storybook versions of the Disney movies; all you need to do is ask for your favorite!  If you like the toys-to-life model, check out our list of books for fans of Skylanders!

Disney After Dark (Kingdom Keepers series) by Ridley Pearson
Five young teens work as Holographic hosts at Walt Disney World when they all begin feeling the effects of this new technology.  Soon they are fighting Disney villains to save not only Walt Disney World, but the rest of the world as well in this fantasy thriller for middle grade readers. 

Disney/Pixar Character Encyclopedia by Steve Bynghall

Not a book you necessarily need to read cover-to-cover, the Disney/Pixar Character Encyclopedia has almost every character you ever wanted to learn about.  With information about almost 200 characters and pictures from the movies, you couldn’t ask for more for a Disney fan! 

Isle of the Lost (The Descendants series) by Melissa de la Cruz

Marketed as a prequel to the Disney Channel movie, Descendants, Isle of the Lost is about the children of the Disney characters (aka the descendants) both the good and bad.  And when the villain’s children go on a quest to find the magic that was stolen from them, nothing good can come of it. 

Who Was Walt Disney? by Whitney Stewart  

Part of the extremely popular “bobble head biographies” these biographies are easily accessible for young readers who want to learn more about how Mickey Mouse and Disney World came to be.  A great introduction for readers in upper elementary school and middle school. 

The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories series) by Chris Colfer

Not a Disney book, The Wishing Spell is the first in a series about twins, Alex and Conner, who fall into the Land of Stories through a book of fairy tales they used to read with their dad.  After encountering the characters they grew up listening about, they may find it harder to get home than they originally thought in this adventure story for middle grade readers.

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

4 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.

Just Dance (E 10+)

91XvJfBUcAL._AC_SL1500_Just Dance is a rhythm based videogame that gets kids (and adults!) off the sofa and grooving to the beat!  With a number of installments already released including kid-specific titles, you won’t be able to keep your toes from tapping!  The books suggested focus mainly on dance, but include a variety of dance styles, dancers, and not only include stories, but a few autobiographies as well.

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman 
A novel in verse about a young classical Indian dancer, Veda, whose dreams are shattered when an accident requires a below the knee amputation.  Will Veda ever be able to dance again?  A coming-of-age story, perfect for readers looking to find their place in the world.

Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer by Michaela DePrince 
An autobiography about Michaela DePrince, who lived in an orphanage in Sierra Leone, was adopted by an American family and later began the journey of becoming a world famous ballerina. A truly inspirational story for early chapter book readers.

Dancing Shoes by Noel Streatfield 
A classic, old-fashioned story about three young girls competing for their dreams at Coral Wintle’s London dancing school.  A great read aloud for adults and young ones alike.

Firebird by Misty Copeland  
Learning to dance takes hard work, dedication, and patience as one little girl learns in this story written by American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland.  A beautiful picture book for your youngest readers who yearn to dance.

Savion!: My Life in Tap by Savion Glover 
Dancing isn’t just for girls!  Savion Glover is a well-known male, tap dancer and this autobiography takes a look at what it took Savion to succeed as he incorporated rap and hip-hop into a traditional dance form.  This autobiography is geared toward middle grade readers.

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