Shailene Woodley Offered Lead in The Fault in Our Stars

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EW has news about the film version of The Fault in Our Stars.  After seeing over 250 girls audition for the role of Hazel Grace Lancaster, director Josh Boone has found his Hazel in Shailene Woodley. 

Here is John Green’s reaction:

“I am absolutely thrilled that Shailene will be playing Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars,” John Green says. “It means a lot to me that she is a fan of the book, and I know from our conversations that she has a profound understanding of Hazel. Watching her audition, I felt like Hazel Grace Lancaster was talking to me. It was eerie–and very exciting.”

Woodley has also been cast as the heroine in Divergent, so expect lots of YA Fiction fan fever to commence.

Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

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Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Allyson has always been the good girl, following her mother’s expectations of her completely.  That’s why she’s on a whirlwind tour of Europe.  Allyson is the girl who follows the rules, rarely goes out in the evenings with the others, and fades into the background next to her flashier best friend.  So when Allyson suggests that they go see an underground performance of Shakespeare and cut out of the tour, it’s very out of character.  When she discovers one of the actors, Willem, on their train the next day to London, the two of them just click.  Quickly, she and Willem decide to head to Paris together for just one day before they both have to return home.  As they travel together, the spark they had on the train becomes something even stronger.  So when Willem is gone the next morning, Allyson struggles to figure out what happened even as she returns home and starts college.  But the memory of Willem won’t leave her, coloring everything she experiences.

Forman is the author of If I Stay and Where She Went.  Here she explores the world of a sheltered teen girl who decides to take a huge risk and break free of her confines if only for just one day.  Forman captures the fatigue of travel where one day blurs into the others and the way that tours can dull the wonder of even the most amazing places.  She then shows the difference between that way of travel and the travel of discovery and serendipity where your entire being is caught up in experiencing things.  Forman writes of Paris and then also the Netherlands with a true affection, creating moments that are splendid and transformational. 

Forman’s writing is assured and skilled.  Upon opening the novel, the reader knows that the book will be solid.  They will be delighted to also find that her writing is romantic and beautiful, truly recreating the experience of falling in love as a teen.  She has also created a very compelling teen heroine in Allyson, who struggles mightily with the expectations set upon her.  One roots for her to find her way free and also to find her way back to what she lost.

This exceptional teen novel is a whirlwind romantic trip to Europe that will have you wrapped up in its arms much faster than just one day.  Appropriate for ages 16-18.

Reviewed from copy received from Dutton.

CBI Book of the Year Awards Shortlist 2013

The Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards Shortlist for 2013 has been announced.  These are the top children’s book awards in Ireland.  The ten titles on the shortlist will compete for six awards, including the Children’s Choice Award.  Winners will be announced on May 8, 2013.

Here are the shortlisted books:

Dark Warning Grounded 

Dark Warning by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

Grounded by Sheena Wilkinson

Hóng by Anna Heussaff

  Oh No, George! Spellbound: Tales of Enchantment from Ancient Ireland

MISE AGUS AN DRAGÚN by Patricia Forde and Steve Simpson( Illus).

NA LAOCHRA IS LÚ le Laoise Ní Chléirigh agus Steve Simpson

Oh No, George by Chris Haughton

Spellbound: Tales of Enchantment from Ancient Ireland by Siobhán Parkinson, illustrated by Olwyn Whelan

The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket This Moose Belongs to Me The Weight of Water

The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan