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Lady Gaga’s New Children’s Book

Lady Gaga is well known for her unique sense of style and her amazing singing voice. She has eleven Grammys and was  nominated for an Oscar for her starring role in A Star is Born. Gaga has accomplished so much over the years, and she even walked the red carpet in a meat dress back in 2010. Now, she has signed with Macmillan, one of the big five publishing houses, to publish a children’s book.

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The book will be filled with stories from young people, and words of encouragement from Gaga. The young people who will be contributing their stories are apart of the Born this Way foundation, started by Gaga and her mother. The foundation has a program called Channel Kindness, which helps young people elevate their acts of kindness and bravery. According to Gaga, the book will help uplift communities and instill hope in everyone. It will also showcase how no act of kindness is too small.

Children need a book that can help them better understand ways to be kind, and they need a book that encourages kindness. We hear a lot of stories about bullying, and we rarely hear any stories about acts of kindness. Those stories are few and far between, and now Gaga is using her voice to uplift kindness.

 

According to one of the publishers, Jean Feiwel, she believes this book is an anthem and an embrace that children and everyone around the world need. Jean is absolutely right, and it will definitely encourage children to want to be better and to do better. Kudos to Gaga for spreading her kindness with the world.

The book will be released on September 22, 2020. You can pre-order your copy here.

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Land of Stories Prequel has a Sequel!

Chris Colfer, the author of the best selling middle grade series Land of Stories, is releasing a new book. Colfer’s books have been flying off shelves since they hit stores back in 2012, and due to the mega success of the series, Colfer released a prequel to the series, titled A Tale of Magic, last fall. Now, a sequel is being released, and is coming out later this year.

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The original series follows twins Alex and Conner who discover their connection to the Fairytale world when they are transported through the old book of fairy tales their father used to read to them. They then learn they are more connected to the world than they thought, and as the series progresses, they do everything they can to save the Fairytale world.

 

The prequel, on the other hand, follows a young girl named Brystal, who works as a maid in a library so she can be surrounded by the books she’s forbidden to read. One day, she finds a secret section in the library that has a book about magic. Unfortunately magic is another thing that’s forbidden, but of course Brystal reads the book anyway, and as she reads she learns there is magic inside of her. It doesn’t take long before Brystal is caught, but then she is saved by a woman named Madame Weatherberry who takes her to her academy to help train Brystal to become a fairy. However, Madame Weatherberry goes missing and Brystal and her friends go on a mission to bring her back, and along the way, learn Madame Weatherberry’s true intentions for starting a school. Learning the truth puts the world, and magic, in danger.

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**SPOILERS**

The sequel is a continuation of Brystal and her friends’ story, following the aftermath of the first book. A rival school is going to be introduced, and a new witch who is trying to recruit students. This new witch is believed to have some dark intentions, and those intentions are proved right when Lucy, Brystal’s friend, wants to destroy mankind. Also, the legalization of magic has caused an uproar within the kingdoms, and now a clan called the Righteous Brotherhood has resurfaced to try and get rid of magic completely. Sounds like a great sequel!

 

According to Colfer, the first novel was about acceptance and peace within the world, and this new sequel is about finding peace within yourselves. He also hopes this book encourages his readers to fight the negativity that is taking over the world today.

You can pre-order your copy of A Tale of Witchcraft, here.

 

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Books to Read Before They Become Movies

If you’re a book lover, then your favorite thing to say is probably “Oh, the book was SO much better than the movie!” and we don’t disagree, because it probably was! So before these awesome tales turn into movies in the new year, make sure you snag a few so you can spit out the same line when the adaptations come out!

 

p.s I still love you by jenny han

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This is the ever anticipated sequel to the famous YA book and later Netflix film, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by author Jenny Han, and it will be available to stream on February 12, just two days before Valentines Day! This story is said to focus on Lara Jean’s new relationship with Peter Kavinsky. But this is a high school romance movie, so it’s required to feature a love triangle, and you bet it does!

 

 

dune by frank herbert

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Frank Herbert’s sci-fi masterpiece Dune, is getting its long promised screen adaptation since David Lynch took on the challenging task in the ’80s. Arrival director Denis Villeneuve is the perfect fit to adapt the famous book, and the film stars highly notable actors such as Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides, alongside Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, and fan favorite Zendaya.

 

 

the invisible man by h.g wells

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The talented Elisabeth Moss stars in the modern adaptation of this classic H.G. Wells novel. This version, a psychological horror film written and directed by Leigh Whannell, is a loose take on the Wells book, as the story focuses on a woman who, after her ex supposedly dies by suicide, thinks she is being hunted by someone invisible. The movie is out on February 28, and we can’t wait for this thrill ride!

 

 

emma by jane austen

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Regardless of how the late Jane Austen might feel, fan-favorite Emma is hitting the theaters on February 21, so all Austen lovers can rejoice! The book was also adapted in 1996 in the Douglas McGrath directed film starring Gwyneth Patlrow, but it’s been 24 years since its release, so it’s time for a remake, right? The new version, directed by Autumn de Wilde, features Anya Taylor-Joy in the lead role as our favorite matchmaker and Bill Nighy stars as Mr. Woodhouse and Johnny Flynn is George Knightley.

 

 

the woman in the window by a.j finn

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Another great thriller on our list is The Woman In the Window by A.J Finn, coming to theaters in May 15 and starring Amy Adams, directed by Joe Wright. In this film, an agoraphobic woman drinks wine all day and spies on her neighbors. Nothing bad can happen from that, right? And if you’re like us and can’t wait until summer to find out, you could read the book right now – the choice is yours!

 

 

the secret garden by frances hodgson burnett

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This classic tale from 1911 is about to become a feature film for the fourth time, and will be released on April 17, 2020! The film stars Colin Firth and Dixie Egerickx as the child protagonist, and is directed by Marc Munden. If you want, you can read the book, and watch all the adaptations before the latest movie comes to screen!

 

 

the voyages of dr. dolittle by hugh lofting

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The second of the Doctor Dolittle novels has finally been adapted into a movie starring Robert Downey Jr. as the eccentric physician who finds out he can talk to animals. The film is simply called Dolittle and stars a number of prolific, diverse actors and comes out January 17, which gives us just about enough time to cram the book to judge if the movie does the famous book justice!

 

If this list doesn’t keep you up at night, I don’t know what will, because we here at Bookstr take film adaptations seriously and like to see for ourselves if the book actually was better than the film, or not!

 

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The Icy Scoop and Review of Frozen II

It’s officially release day of Disney’s newest darling, Frozen II. Last night, I went to one of the earliest screenings, and I got the details. 

If you don’t want spoilers, turn away and slam this door!

 

 

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Synopsis: Three years after the events of the first film, Elsa starts to hear a strange sound from the north calling her. Together with her sister Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven, they embark on a new journey beyond their homeland of Arendelle in order to discover the origin of Elsa’s magical powers and save their kingdom.

Consensus: Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell once again shine in this will-be Disney classic. Their voices bring to life the strong and powerful Queen Elsa, and the spunky and caring Princess Anna, while adding new layers to these beloved characters. Also returning on this magical adventure is Jonathan Groff as the adorably awkward Kristoff (and sometimes Sven the reindeer), as well as Josh Gad as the ever lovable snowman Olaf.

 

 

It’s been three years since the events of the first movie took place, and everyone seems to be settling into their roles in Arendelle. That is until only Elsa hears a voice from the north calling to her. While Elsa is dealing with this, Kristoff tries to keep proposing to the ever caring Anna, who seems oblivious to his attempts and focused on Elsa’s well being. It’s only when Elsa accidentally wakes up the spirits of the Enchanted Forest that the elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Air start to cause the Arendellians (yes, that’s what the people of Arendelle are officially called) to flee the kingdom that the action starts up.

 

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Once in the forest, Elsa and Anna finds out that only Elsa can soothe the elemental spirits and help free the Northuldra (a fictional representation of the Sámi people) and Arendellian soldiers in the forest. There, Elsa learns that water has memory (as if Olaf hadn’t been saying that enough). She and Anna then discover that their mother was from the enchanted forest and rescued their father when they were children, thus making them a bridge between the Northuldra and Arendelle. From the wind spirit Gale to Bruni the fire salamander to the Nøkk, Elsa encounters and brings peace to the spirits, while learning that the past she thought she knew was not what it seemed, and that there may be a fifth spirit which serves as a bridge between the spirits and people.

 

 

When Anna and Elsa discover the ship their parents were on before they died, destroyed in an inlet, the sisters find the actual reason behind their parents’ trip. The trip was to go to the mythical Ahtohallan, a place Queen Iduna told her daughters about, and the place to find the origins behind Elsa’s powers. It is here that it hits Elsa that in order to find the voice and Ahtohallan, she must leave Anna and Olaf behind to protect them.

 

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From here, Elsa encounters the water spirit, the Nøkk, who tries to drown her. When she finally tames the Nøkk, Elsa finally finds Ahtohallan, she has the revelation that the voice calling her was a past echo of her mother saving her father. Turns out the results of the spirits’ anger was over her grandfather’s killing of the unarmed Northuldra leader. From here, Elsa starts to become frozen, and then sends a snow statue showing what happened to Anna as her final action. Because of this, Olaf turns to flurries, and Anna finds what truly happens, and realizes that she must destroy their grandfather’s dam that put the events into motion years ago.

 

 

With the help of the Arendelle soldiers, Kristoff and the stone giants, the dam is destroyed, and the floods make a direct course to destroy Arendelle. Since the spirits seem to be appeased, a newly unfrozen Elsa rides off on the Nøkk in a desperate rush to save the kingdom. With this all done, Anna starts to head back to tell the kingdom what has happened. But off in the distance, she sees a newly transformed Elsa, which results in a tearjerking (and comical) reunion between the sisters and Kristoff. Olaf is brought back and Kristoff finally proposes after bungling it a few times. It is here that the decision is made that Elsa will stay in the forest as her role as the fifth spirit and part of the bridge between the spirits and the people, and Anna will become Queen and the other part of the bridge.

 

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While some fans may disagree with this, I honestly really liked the ending. Could they have changed some things in the movie? Of course. No film is perfect, not even either of the Frozen movies. But the ending of having the sisters go their own paths while still maintaining contact was the right way to go. And the way the film was darker and more mature than the first one put Frozen II on a whole different level. It wasn’t Hunchback of Notre Dame dark (nothing will ever come close), but it also wasn’t as light as the first installment was. And I think that by showing how to find the truth and fix the past’s mistakes, the movie has great lessons for all ages. It doesn’t hurt that the music is spectacular (“Show Yourself” is the perfect heir to “Let It Go”, and making “Lost in the Woods” a family friendly ’80s music video was genius!), the animation was just as magical, and the focus on finding who you are and where you belong will melt any frozen heart!

Now please excuse me while I go see this ice movie another 5 times.

 

 


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Here Are Our Book Lovers Day Staff Picks!

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaku and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami

 

 

Surrealism

“The themes of finding closure for unresolved personal negativities really resonated with me.” – Nate

 

The Space Between – Brenna Yovanoff

 

 

Fantasy

“This is a book about being deeply flawed, and how even as you’re trying to be better, it’s honest to let those things stay a part of you.” – Kali

 

 

The Last Unicorn – Peter Beagle

 

 

Fantasy/Children’s

“It Reminds me that there’s magic in the world even if you can’t see it.” – Becky

 

The Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling

 

Fantasy

“I enjoyed it.” – Richard

 

 

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

 

 

Literary Fiction

“This is one of Hemingway’s most compelling books due to the religious themes and the focus on minority groups, at a time when prejudice in America was prevalent.” – Kyle

 

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

 

Literary Fiction

“A good narrative that gives a view into the minds of the characters.” – Lexi

 

 

Gone – Michael Grant

 

 

Science Fiction

“It’s very entertaining and has a mystery you want to solve.” – Heather

 

Ties of Shooting Stars – Keigo Higashino

 

 

Detective

“The mystery keeps you guessing, and the build-up for the plot twist has a great payoff.” – Derek

 

 

The Thief Lord – Cornelia Funke

 

 

Children’s

“I found it really empowering as a child, with these kids taking care of themselves and fighting for good.” – Amy

 

The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan

 

 

Fantasy

“I like Greek mythology, and the book’s funny, witty humor.” – Tim

 

 

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