Movies and Projects are for children 6th through 12th Grade
April 11, 2017
by Roald Dahl
is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half
she's knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and
blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her
even though she's a super-nerd and the teacher's pet. But everything is
not perfect in Matilda's world. For starters she has two of the most
idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there's the large,
busty nightmare of a school principal, Mrs. ("The") Trunchbull, a
former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is
approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda,
she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing
intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.
warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but
the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the
sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any
doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is
far from predictable. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving
imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader
cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has
of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her
wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school
May 9, 2017
by Cornelia Funke
Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a
living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those
characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy.
Meggie has had her father to herself since her mother went away when
she was young. Mo taught her to read when she was five, and the two
share a mutual love of books. He can "read" characters out of books.
When she was three, he read aloud from a book called Inkheart and
released characters into the real world. At the same time, Meggie's
mother disappeared into the story. This "story within a story" will
delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting
plot with larger-than-life characters.
young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring
characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from
destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a
June 13, 2017
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once."
the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years,
Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed
upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters
suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to
be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw,
The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most
ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny,
thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
Two teenage cancer patients begin a life-affirming journey to visit a reclusive author in Amsterdam.
July 11, 2017
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.
I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.
Stay, he says.
Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her
first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her
family and friends behind?
Then one February morning Mia goes for
a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes.
Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one
If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.
Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts
her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether
to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined. The
choice is hers if she can go on.
August 8, 2017
boy. One dragon. A world of adventure.
Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the
lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat
for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon
realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire
his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new
world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the
advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling
dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an
Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.
Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of
the Empire may rest in his hands.
his homeland of Alagaesia, a farm boy happens upon a dragon's egg -- a
discovery that leads him on a predestined journey where he realizes
he's the one person who can defend his home against an evil king.
No Movie Night in June or
July Due to Summer Reading
September 12, 2017
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last!
only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are:
Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca
Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little
finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest
jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who
is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is
honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest
time of his life!
receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into
the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything.
October 10, 2017
Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of
horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a
remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling
ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores
its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children
were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may
have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And
somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he
finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger
deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their
November 144, 2017
Holes by Louis
Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his
no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since
followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent
to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build
character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five
feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But
there are an awful lot of holes.
doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character
improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes
because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried
under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this
inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and
wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp
where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.
December 12, 2017
Alice in Wonderland
by Lewis Carrol
was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank,
and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book
her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it,
"and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or
begins the tale of Alice, following a curious White Rabbit down a
rabbit-hole and falling into Wonderland. A fantastical place, where
nothing is quite as it seems: animals talk, nonsensical characters
confuse, Mad Hatter's throw tea parties and the Queen plays croquet.
Alice's attempts to find her way home become increasingly bizarre,
infuriating and amazing in turn. A beloved classic, Alice's
Adventures in Wonderland has
continued to delight readers, young and old for over a century.
Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where
she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to
end the Red Queen's reign of terror.
The Neverending Story by
epic work of the imagination has captured the hearts of millions of
readers worldwide since it was first published more than a decade ago.
Its special story within a story is an irresistible invitation for
readers to become part of the book itself. And now this modern classic
and bibliophile's dream is available in hardcover again.
story begins with a lonely boy named Bastian and the strange book that
draws him into the beautiful but doomed world of Fantastica. Only a
human can save this enchanted place--by giving its ruler, the Childlike
Empress, a new name. But the journey to her tower leads through lands
of dragons, giants, monsters, and magic--and once Bastian begins his
quest, he may never return. As he is drawn deeper into Fantastica, he
must find the courage to face unspeakable foes and the mysteries of his
too, can travel to the wondrous, unforgettable world of Fantastica if
they will just turn the page....
troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a
The Bad Beginning by Lemony
I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is
extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky
children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire
siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first
page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive
terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks
at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.
In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and
repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal
their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.
It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is
nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading
something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.
With all due respect,
a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the
custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting
to steal their parents' vast fortune.
Bridge to Terabithia by
Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade.
He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates'
faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new
girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.
not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie
Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical
kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and
their imaginations set the only limits.
preteen's life turns upside down when he befriends the new girl in
school and they imagine a whole new fantasy world to escape reality.
City of Bones by Cassandra
fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New
York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder
committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and
brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air.
It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to
everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to
show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to
ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a
Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a
jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a
vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by
a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like
Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The
Shadowhunters would like to know...
her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line
of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with
others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called
the Shadow World.