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Catch Up on 2014’s Book-to-Movie Adaptations!

Catch Up on 2014’s Book-to-Movie Adaptations!

2014 seems to have been the year for hit books to be converted to the big screen and released as hot new releases in theaters! There are over 36 movies that have been or will be in theaters this year that are based on popular books such as Mockingjay, If I Stay, The Best of Me, Maze Runner, The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, The Giver, The Hobbit, and so many more. A complete list can be found on this site:

Here are some of the most popular books that have been or soon will be coming to a theater near you!

If_I_Stay_(2014)_CUSTOM-label-efxIf I Stay by Gayle Forman
This book is about a 17-year-old girl that is involved in a traumatic accident and can’t remember what happened. She has to piece together what happened and slowly put the parts together to figure out what she has left, what she lost, and what she must do now. In the film adaptation of this book, released August 22, rising star Chloe Moretz plays the protagonist, Mia. The DVD released November 18.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
When Thomas wakes up on the floor of an elevator with many children peering down at him from above, all he can remember is his name. He is thrown into a world where the only way out is to escape through a maze full of unknowns and monsters, the gates of which close every night. Will he be able to break out? To find out, go see the Maze Runner, released September 19th in theaters, with the teen heartthrob Dylan O’Brien playing the handsome hero Thomas. The DVD comes out December 19.

jennifer-lawrence-katniss-everdeenMockingjay by Suzanne Collins
In the third and last book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss takes a final stand against the corrupt and overpowering Capitol, fighting for her own and people’s freedoms from within District 13. See the first part of two of this third installment in the saga in theaters November 21st. Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hucherson, and Liam Hemsworth will reprise their headlining roles once again.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Tris lives in a world where society is divided into 5 factions based on core values, and at age 16 you are allocated to one of them with no personal say in the decision other than a subjective test. When Tris finds out that she is “divergent” or could fall into more than one faction, she chooses Dauntless, the brave ones. When she realizes the enemy is trying to brainwash people and control the government, it is up to Tris, the divergent, to save the day. The film adaptation of this novel premiered March 21st, staring Shailene Woodley as Tris and Theo James as Four.

faultinourstarsbestThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
When Hazel, a teenage cancer patient joins a new youth support group, she meets Augustus Waters, who she quickly falls for. Augustus is also fighting the battle with cancer, and the heartwarmingly romantic but heartbreakingly tragic story follows their relationship and struggles with the disease, as one of them falls deathly ill. This hit movie came out June 6th in theaters with Shailene Woodley as Hazel and Ansel Elgort as Augustus Waters. The DVD is out now.

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
The story of The Hobbit is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings saga, as it follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins and all of his mystical adventures through Middle Earth. The long-awaited third installment of the film adaptation of the book is set for release on December 17th, 2014, with Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, and Martin Freeman reprising their main roles, as in the first two installments (which are out on DVD).

Hopefully you will have some time this year to check out one or more of these awesome movie adaptations of popular books! 2014 is clearly the year of big books to hit the big screen, and we hope that you get a chance to experience them for yourself!

By McKenna B. ’16

Librarian’s note: Come into the library now to view McKenna’s display of books to movies! All of the books mentioned in this article are in the library’s collection, too.

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Cartoonist Liza Donnelly Visits Campus

Cartoonist Liza Donnelly Visits Campus

Liza Donnelly

Liza Donnelly

On November 5, Liza Donnelly visited as the Arrillaga-Morris Family Speaker and spoke to Castilleja about her journey to becoming a famous comics artist. Donnelly is known for her cultural and political comics that are published in the New Yorker. Her work has also appeared in many other publications, and she is the author of multiple books.

Donnelly spent much of speech talking about her journey to becoming a comics artist. As a child, drawing and putting on a smile or making a person laugh with her comics were activities she loved. She said drawing and comics had always been a part of her life but were never something she thought she could make a career out of. When she headed off to college, Donnelly majored in biology. After college Donnelly worked at the new York History Museum. While she enjoyed the experience of working at the museum, she regularly sent her work to newspapers and magazines. It took some time, but Donnelly’s work gradually was published. One of her big breaks was when her first comic was published in the New Yorker magazine. She then became a staff artist at the New Yorker, where she has worked ever since.

funnyladiesThrough Donnelly’s speech, she taught me about the power of taking risks and not letting setbacks stop you from trying to reach your dreams. She spoke about how each week, she would send in her comics and normally they would not be chosen. Even today, not every comic she creates is published. She never lets this stop her from doing what she loves. Unlike past Castilleja speakers, Donnelly was more soft-spoken and quiet. At first I thought she did not have much to say, but I quickly realized her true voice was found in her comics. What Donnelly did not say could be seen and understood through the characters and voices of her comics. Her humor and ideas a simply illustrated through her drawings.

From this experience, I learned that not everyone’s point of view has to come from his or her literal words but instead come through in many forms of expression. It is important for each of us to realize and look for these expressions to really get to know and understand a person.

By Molly L. ’16

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Alexandra Fuller Visits Campus

Alexandra Fuller Visits Campus

During Flex, the eighth grade class had the privilege of meeting Alexandra Fuller and being able to experience and relive the life of an aspiring writer growing up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) through her moving stories.

Fuller was not what I expected. She was dressed in a plum cashmere sweater and sturdy grey jeans, but despite her muted outerwear, she exuded such energy and life that our whole class was soon mesmerized with her lively facial expressions and animated hand gestures. Her accent was soft, but angular in places, and her voice had a captivating cadence. As Ms. Terkeltaub read questions, Fuller would suddenly leap up, face alight with a story on the verge of being told, take three long strides to the center of the room, and start providing us with half an answer, before going on about a tangent; sometimes it was about the time when she rode across the desert on horseback without water or food for days, or the time she almost drowned while being stuck in a coffin with a drunk ship captain. My favorite story was when she recounted the time her eight-year-old daughter and she had to face a bear in the wilderness. The audience was still; everyone bit their fingernails with baited breath until we all breathed a sigh of relief when we reached the end.


Alexandra Fuller

Particularly, I think what made Fuller’s memoir so poignant was the fact that it came straight from her heart. Fuller encouraged us to write stories that mattered to us, not to write for other people. When question time started, aspiring writers in the audience (including myself), bombarded her with one question after another: “Did you always know you were going to be a writer?”, followed by a more personal question, “Tell us about your kids,” to which she merrily proceeded to describe her lacrosse-loving son, and her horseback-almost-died-in-the-forest-with-a-bear daughter.

By the time our session with Ms. Fuller was over, there were many groans of sadness, and as we shuffled out the choral room legs numb from sitting and tensing up during the climaxes of her anecdotes, several students separated to go talk to Ms. Fuller, while murmurs of the transfixing session followed them out. Not everyone lives a life as brimming with harrowing life or death stories, nor lived a life in the midst of a revolution, bit I think there is a story within each and everyone one of us that can be brought out. If I had to narrow it down to one thing that I learned from Fuller, it is to “Carpe diem,” the English translation being “seize the day.” While Fuller acknowledges that she has regrets, my personal opinion is that she is a lady who lives with no regrets.

by Sho Sho H. ’19

We have three of Fuller’s books in the library! -Librarian

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Four to Read More – Gloucester

Four to Read More – Gloucester

Inspired by Kelly Jensen’s “Three on a YA Theme” series at Book Riot (take a lookwe’ll wait!), we present Four to Read More, mini-collections of four books that share some common theme, whether it’s the name of a character, a cover design quirk, or something else. Check back frequently for a new one, and be sure to email us if you come up with your own!

This time, the theme is Gloucester font. I noticed a bunch of books in the library that had this serif font. It looks like a mix of the fonts used on circus posters and fancy newspaper fonts of yore. Since these books are so disparate, I’m sure one of them will appeal. Enjoy!

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
In this take on The Island of Dr. Moreau, Juliet Moreau learns that her estranged father has been doing strange experiments on a remote island.
(available in print and on Overdrive ebooks)
Complete Poems by e. e. cummings
This unique poet was at times funny, at times lyrical, and utterly unique. This collection has every poem he ever wanted published.
(available in print)
Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox
This sequel to Dreamhunter is another unique fantasy about The Place, a land where dreams are harvested. Laura Hame finds herself in the midst of another adventure.
(available in print)
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
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It’s hard being young and in love with someone who seems unattainable. But when the man you love is a Jewish journalist and you’re Hitler’s niece, it may be even harder.
(available in print and on Overdrive ebooks)

Do you have an idea for a Four to Read More theme? Email us and let us know!

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