I loved The Hunger Games trilogy, but I must admit to being a bit curious as to how they will pull off in the movie. I know that the movie will probably not be as good as the book, movies rarely are. They have already made a few questionable casting choices one of which being Lenny Kravitz as Cinna. I just am not sure about that decision. I am excited to see Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, it should be fairly entertaining. But alas the whole thing comes down to how well Jennifer Lawrence pulls off the Katniss Everdeen. I’m really excited for the movie and cannot wait to see a great book come alive on the big screen.
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This website gives teachers some ideas on how to tackle the teaching of literature. There is a list on how to treat widely-taught texts, and lists of Young Adult Literature that fit the category and have a use in the classroom.
Young Adult Literature in the Classroom-Or Is It?
Bushman really defends the Young Adult novel in his article. Bushman writes that readers in schools are easier able to identify with the characters in the YA novels. In only choosing classics for the students to read they are turning children away from reading. But when teachers introduce them to YA novels and authors they will find books they will read and pursue outside of class and school. This hopefully will turn them into lifelong readers. The YA novel has lessons and messages the students can easily relate to their own lives, and gives them the skills they need to approach future reading. Bushman gave a questionnaire to different students and formed some really interesting and convincing arguments for the value of Young Adult literature.
This site included the lists of Young Adult Novels that win awards each year. It also has lists of what teen readers pick as their favorites.
Dr. Jeff Wilhelm His website includes the books he’s written and workshops he is putting on. His books have practical uses for teaching reading in schools.
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud is a fantasy. It is the first book in a trilogy about a London that is run by wizards. The book follows a boy named Nathaniel who is an eleven-year-old wizard. The wizards in this book have no power themselves, but summon demons to do the work for them. What is interesting is the relationships between the wizards and the demons. The demons are basically slaves and are forced to do whatever the wizards demand of them.
Nathaniel is something of an oddity to the wizards in the book. Young wizards are made by taking them from their parents and placing as apprentices to older magicians. They are treated with a distance as they are not even called by their names. Nathaniel does not let his circumstances stop him from learning and teaching himself to be a powerful wizard.
I personally responded well to how the book was written. Stroud uses footnotes that explain the story and are full of sarcasm. I had not seen this in a work of fiction and it turned out to be extremely entertaining. The chapters alternate between Nathaniel’s point-of-view and Bartimaeus who is the demon Nathaniel is controlling.
Anyone going into the series thinking it will be another Harry Potter will not find many similarities at all. The books are certainly entertaining and are being made into movies in England. Click here for Jonathan Stroud’s website for information on his other books, and what he is up to.