Those looking for more family-friendly entertainment can head to the original inspiration. L. Frank Baum wrote the well-known classic Wizard of Oz on which Maguire’s books are based. The original is available at the library in many formats—book, graphic novel, CD, movie score, DVD, and streaming video. But did you know he wrote at least a dozen other titles in the series? WPL has many of them, including Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, The Emerald City of Oz, and Glinda of Oz. Go back to the source and find out where all the popular characters originated and what happened to them!
So read up, then check out the musical Wicked this summer! You won’t regret it!
August 29, 2014
The MTV Video Music Awards took place last Sunday night and as usual all of the hottest stars in pop music were out wearing their best (or worst?) get-ups and many were ready to shine on the stage with some stellar performances. One highlight for me was Beyoncé's amazing performace that highlighted all of the songs from her new album. I have to say it was quite darling when Jay-Z brought their daughter on stage to present her with her award.
Although I'm not a huge fan of Top 40s music I do find it interesting to watch the big award shows just to keep myself informed about what's popular and since the shows are live - it's fun to see if anything crazy or unexpected is going to happen - and it usually does!
On the topic of music, today's blog post features a variety of teen books where the titles are also song titles. How many of these song titles are familar to you? If you want to take a listen to the song you can check out Hoopla and stream it right away. If you happen to think of any other titles that were inspired by songs leave a comment after this post!
Books with titles that are song titles too!
I Am (Not) The Walrus by Ed Briant (song: I Am the Walrus byThe Beatles)
As the singer and bass player for a Beatles cover band, Toby embarks on a quest to increase his sex appeal, a plan that derails when he finds a mysterious note inside his old bass guitar.
With or Without You by Brian Farrey (song by: U2)
When eighteen-year-old best friends Evan and Davis of Madison, Wisconsin, join a community center group called "chasers" to gain acceptance and knowledge of gay history, there may be fatal consequences.
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson (song by: Kelly Clarkson)
Quiet Emily's sociable and daring best friend, Sloane, has disappeared leaving nothing but a random list of bizarre tasks for her to complete, but with unexpected help from popular classmate Frank Porter, Emily gives them a try.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lisa McBride (song: Tiny Dance (Hold Me Closer) by Elton John)
Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.
Black Hole Sun by David Mcinnis Gill (song by: Soundgarden)
On the planet Mars, sixteen-year-old Durango and his crew of mercenaries are hired by the settlers of a mining community to protect their most valuable resource from a feral band of marauders.
School's Out Forever by James Patterson (song: School's Out by Alice Cooper)
After a short stay with an FBI agent who gives them a chance to attend school and live a normal life, the six genetically-altered, winged youths head toward Florida and Max's ultimate destiny--to save the world, whether she wants to or not.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis (song by: The Beatles)
Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.
Toxic by Sara Shephard (song by: Britney Spears)
Toxic is the fifteenth--and second-to-last--volume in Sara Shepard's bestselling Pretty Little Liars series. High school seniors Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna barely survived their most recent encounter with A. And it's not over yet. . . . The police don't believe that the real A is still out there, but the girls know what--and who--they saw. If they don't track down this final tormentor soon, A will silence them forever.
I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan (song by: The Jackson Five)
Raised by an unstable father who keeps constantly on the move, Sam Border has long been the voice of his silent younger brother, Riddle, but everything changes when Sam meets Emily Bell and, welcomed by her family, the brothers are faced with normalcy for the first time.
And to top of this list here are some more books in which bands or songs are significantly featured:
Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto by Eric Luper
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Beat the Band by Don Calame
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirsten Cronn-Mills
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour