2016 in Review: Books on the Big Screen

Are there any original ideas left? So many books were made into movies in 2016. In case you missed any of them, there’s still time to catch up. But do you have to read the book first?

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Holiday Reads

We’ve had the first snow. Thanksgiving has come and gone (though there may still be leftovers). The mall is full of people with a crazed look in their eyes. It must be time for the holidays! Cozy up and get in the spirit with a good read — warm beverage not required, but highly recommended.
The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily
by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

In the year since Dash and Lily met in Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, Lily has had a tough go. Can Dash bring back the magic of Christmas in only 12 short days?

What Light
by Jay Asher

Sierra knows better than to get involved with any guy she meets while selling Christmas trees on her family’s lot in California. Eleven months out of the year she lives in Oregon, on the tree farm, and it’s just not worth it. But this year she meets Caleb and decides that despite his flaws, he might be worth the risk.

Scrooge #worstgiftever

What if Scrooge had a smartphone? This is A Christmas Carol retold in texts.

Saving Red
by Sonya Sones

Molly Rosenberg volunteers to help with her community’s annual homeless count, just to get her school volunteer hours done and over with. But when she meets a girl called Red living on the streets alone, not much older than herself, Molly makes it her personal mission to reunite her with her family before Christmas. Written in verse.

Judge a Book by the Cover: Riding, Crossbows and Oil Rigs

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Let’s face it, we do it all the time. A good cover is designed to catch your eye, encourage you to pick up the book, and ultimately give it a read. Members of the Teen Library Council of Douglas County Libraries in Lone Tree hit the shelves in the YA section and totally judged some books by their covers. Would you want to pick up any of these books based just on the covers? Are their theories even close?

Stone Rider
by David Hofmeyr

“The story of a rider and how his love for the sport tears him apart and creates conflicts in his love life and what he does to keep his girlfriend while still riding. He has a broken past that led to his love of riding.” – EX



Grave Mercy
by Robin LaFevers

“A girl with a crossbow saves her entire kingdom with supernatural abilities.” – ME



The Rig
by Joe Ducie

“This book is about a boy who’s lost at sea and manages to find an oil rig to live on, only to find it’s scheduled to blow up. He needs to find an escape.” – JC

The views and opinions expressed in Judge a Book by the Cover are the personal views and judgments of members of the Teen Library Council of Douglas County Libraries in Lone Tree and do not reflect the views of the author, publisher, graphic artist, or anyone else who may have any of their own opinions of what the cover may or may not mean. Feel free to judge the book for yourself by checking it out from the library. Thank you, and have a nice day.

Throwback Thursday: Swim the Fly


Swim the Fly by Don Calame
Matt, Sean, and Coop have had a summertime goal every year for as long as they can remember. But this summer is different. They’re headed to high school. So they’re going to go big. The goal: see a naked girl. Coop and Sean are all over it. Matt is a bit more dubious. He’s having a hard enough time getting the attention of fully clothed girls, thank-you-very-much. But if he steps up and swims the butterfly, girls (and one in particular) will notice, right? Never mind he can’t actually swim the butterfly. Thankfully, he’s got all summer…

Laugh-out-loud hilarious, heartfelt, and I-can’t-believe-they-just-said-that in turn, screenwriter-turned-YA-novelist Don Calame nails the teenage guy experience, from fart jokes to crushes.

Going on a road trip? Try the audiobook.

Friday Fun: Battlesaurus

Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo
Most people would agree Napoleon was kind of out of control. People who want to take over the world generally are. But he was really on a role until the battle of Waterloo. After that, well, he ended up exiled to an island off the coast of Africa. But what if Napoleon rode into battle on a dinosaur? Googly eyes optional.