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All Things Divergent: Book and Movie Review
March 2014

 

Veronica Roth’s debut novel Divergent (2011) pulls readers into an intriguing Utopian world (as seen in photo 1). When children become of age, they must define themselves by choosing the faction that represents their best character traits: Abnegation. Amity. Candor. Dauntless. Erudite. But what happens if you don’t fit neatly into one category?

Celebrating Jane Yolen: 50 Years in Publishing

​March 2014

South Hadley, MA—On March 2, 2014, the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Massachusetts, hosted an event to celebrate Jane Yolen’s 50 years in publishing (as seen in photo 1). Yolen is the award-winning author of more than 300 books for children. Her first book Pirates in Petticoats was published on her 22nd birthday, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She is most notably known for her children’s classics, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and Owl Moon.

Give the Book Before the Movie

December 2013

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” for authors, readers, and movie enthusiasts alike. Book-turned-movie popularity is rapidly spreading. Although books have long been adapted into film, the trend is shifting to full-speed ahead. With series such as Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, fans are known to line up for hours on release dates to get their hands on the latest books—and the movie lines are just as long. Stand-alone books are making their silver screen debuts as well. Stephen Chbosky’s Perks of Being a Wallflower, Matthew Quick’s Silver Linings Playbook, and Jean Hanff Korelitz’s Admission were beautifully transformed into film.