Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday's Film Adaptions: By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman

In this rollicking adventure set during the California Gold Rush, Jack's aunt is forced to sell her beloved mansion to meet her debts. She is still unable to raise enough money to pay her creditors, and twelve-year-old Jack goes to California in search of gold to help her. Joined by his trusty butler, Praiseworthy, Jack finds adventure and trouble at every turn. Will Jack strike gold in San Francisco or come home empty-handed?

This new edition features illustrations by Brett Helquist.

Arabella Flagg and her 14-year-old brother, Jack, are left orphaned and penniless when their grandfather dies in Boston in 1849. Determined to make his own fortune, Jack stows away aboard a ship bound for the California gold rush. He is followed by the family's very proper butler, Eric Griffin, who becomes the ship's cook. Also aboard is the nefarious Judge Higgins, a thief with a disguise for every imaginable crooked caper.

Release Date: March 8, 1967
Release Time: 108 minutes

Roddy McDowall as Bullwhip Griffin
Suzanne Pleshette as Arabella Flagg
Bryan Russell as Jack Flagg
Karl Malden as Judge Higgins
Harry Guardino as Sam Trimble
Richard Haydn as Quentin Bartlett
Mike Mazurki as Mountain Ox
Hermione Baddeley as Miss Irene Chesney
Alan Carney as Joe Turner
Cecil Kellaway as Mr. Pemberton
Parley Baer as Chief Executioner
Arthur Hunnicutt as Referee
Dub Taylor as Timekeeper
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez as Bandido

Author Bio:
As a children's book author Sid Fleischman felt a special obligation to his readers. "The books we enjoy as children stay with us forever -- they have a special impact. Paragraph after paragraph and page after page, the author must deliver his or her best work." With almost 60 books to his credit, some of which have been made into motion pictures, Sid Fleischman can be assured that his work will make a special impact.

Sid Fleischman wrote his books at a huge table cluttered with projects: story ideas, library books, research, letters, notes, pens, pencils, and a computer. He lived in an old-fashioned, two-story house full of creaks and character, and enjoys hearing the sound of the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Fleischman passed away after a battle with cancer on March 17, 2010, the day after his ninetieth birthday.

was the father of Newbery Medal winning writer and poet Paul Fleischman, author of Joyful Noise; they are the only father and son to receive Newbery awards.




July Thunder by Shannon A Thompson

Title: July Thunder
Author: Shannon A Thompson
Series: Bad Bloods: July #1(Bad Bloods #3)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: April 10, 2017
From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.

Fourteen-year-old Violet has been called many things: a bad blood, a survivor, an immortal…now she has a new name—citizen. But adjusting to a lawful life is not easy, especially when she must live under the rule of the same officers who justified the killings of her flock only eight months earlier.

Segregation of bad bloods and humans is still in effect, and rebellious Violet steps into a school where she is not allowed. When the police get involved, things deteriorate quickly, sparking a new revolution at the wall separating the Highlands from the outskirts.

That’s when Caleb steps in. He might appear to be an average sixteen-year-old bad blood, but he has secrets, and Violet is determined to figure them out. Caleb knows who’s attacking the wall and why, but his true identity remains a mystery—and how he relates to Violet could shake the threatened city to its very core.

Together or not, a storm will form, a rally will start, and shocking truths will be revealed.

“Play for me,” Kuthun asked. When I faced him, he spread his hands out with a million strings drawn in between.

It was an instrument he made—one meant only for me—and I played it like a laid-down harp.

A million times I had attempted to reconstruct the instrument without Kuthun’s powers, but a million times I had failed.

The music could only be found between his abilities and mine, and that was how I knew I was like him, even when the world didn’t see it that way.

I was a bad blood at heart, but all Vendona saw was a person with bad blood and no powers to show for it.

On my third sixteenth birthday, I had cried over it. I had wished to be born like them, and Kuthun had slapped me.

“You are human, and you are still great,” he’d said then, and even now, he repeated it, “Music is your gift.”

Notes floated between our unspoken thoughts, and he listened to every single one. In it, I played the raging sea, the sparkling glass castle, and the heated empty beach. Last, I played how I heard Violet laugh for the first time.

When Kuthun tilted his head at the notes, I asked, “What else have you learned?”

“That the fish aren’t hungry today,” he joked as the music ended.

His strings broke apart, and, like silver glitter, they fluttered into the sand and disappeared. With one kick, Kuthun buried it all.

Top Ten Bad Bloods You’ll Meet In The New Duology
If you’ve read the first duology in the Bad Bloods universe, then you already know how crazy, wild, and wonderful a bad blood can be. (Book 1 is free across all platforms right now.) But if you don’t know what a bad blood is, a bad blood is a person with hindering abilities. Think X-Men, but the powers come with serious ramifications. Want an example? In the latest duology, Violet is a fourteen-year-old girl who can turn into a shadow…but she often loses herself to darkness and time, so she struggles to form back into a person. Because of her shadowy nature, she also has a hard time identifying as individual rather than simply following anyone she latches onto…like a shadow.
Here are the top ten bad bloods you’ll meet for the first time in the new Bad Bloods duology, July Thunder and July Lightning. Check out the Pinterest board for more inspiration!

  • Levi (13): He’s described as a seedy sailor, with curly blond hair and skin that…glows. He might be closer to an eel. And his powers include cleaning water.  
  • Kuthun (18): A love interest in the book, Kuthun sees the strings of fate…even the strings of those who have died long ago. 
  • Kat (15): Between her night vision, her sharpened claws, and her black-white-red hair, Kat might as well be a calico cat. Even cats mistook her and sheltered her from a young age.
  • Skeleton (15): Skeleton works in the Pits, an underground fighting ring, but his name should be taken literally. He’s slowly defying all science by turning into a skeleton…and remaining alive. 
  • Nuo (17): Nuo grew up with our protagonist Caleb, but her powers can make you repeat, repeat, repeat until whatever action you’re doing kills you. 
  • Hanna (16): She might be bald, but she can grow anyone else’s hair. And dye it, too. 
  • Ellen (9): She glows like a lighthouse, but after burning her own eyes, she cannot see the night she turns into day.
  • Plato (7): Plato might have a glass heart…because he can turn sand into glass right before your eyes.
  • Yasir (15): Do you like jewels? This is your guy. He can change anything into a gem…including his own eye, which is now a sapphire. 
  • Britney (8?): Her age is a mystery for a reason. Her powers, too. Revealing either could kill us all.   
Author Bio:
Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Represented by Clean Teen Publishing, Thompson is the best-selling author of The Timely Death Trilogy and the Bad Bloods duology. When she is not writing, she is climbing rooftops, baking cookies, or watching murder shows in the middle of the night, often done with her cats by her side.


July Thunder #1

July Lightening #2(Coming May 1, 2017)

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