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“The Hunger Games: The Exhibition”

There’s a lot of me in this week o’ Hunger Games on Out of the Box. That is likely because I am a giant fan girl. And probably because I have more time on my hands than fellow fangirls Katie and Shoshana. But also because I was lucky enough to go to “The Hunger Games: […]

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials movie review

Maze Runner sequel The Scorch Trials (Twentieth Century Fox, September 2015; PG-13) reminded me of two very important Siân facts: I should never, ever drink anything before or during a movie. I am no hero. If you’re looking to take a road trip in which you do not stop every 45 minutes for pee breaks, […]

Paper Towns movie review

If Paper Towns, the book by John Green (Dutton, October 2008) were a comedy, it would be Paper Towns, the movie (directed by Jake Schreier; Fox/Temple Hill, July 2015; PG-13). That’s not to say the novel lacks funny moments. It has plenty, and the new film makes good use of them. There are pranks and […]

Insurgent movie review

Not having read the Divergent series, I thought myself a great choice of reviewer for the movies — I am a clean slate, after all. And Divergent was fun. It had action, sacrifice, kickassery, feminine heroism, and Rose from Titanic. It had fighting and loving and tattoos and whooping and a very attractive, brooding male. […]

Home movie review

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex is a novel about a girl, Gratuity “Tip” Tucci, who befriends hapless alien J.Lo after J.Lo’s alien race, the Boov, take over Earth and kidnap Tip’s mother. Its target audience is at least upper elementary school; The Horn Book put it at grades 4-6. In the 3D […]

“From Page to Screen” panel

When my favorite books get made into movies, I’m there. But I’m usually wearing a t-shirt with this logo (courtesy of Unshelved): So when Children’s Books Boston announced its latest event, “From Page to Screen: An Inside Look at Children’s Book Adaptations,” I was intrigued. I was even more intrigued when I saw the range […]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 movie review

The team behind The Hunger Games film adaptations gets it. With plenty of explosions and covert operations to draw from in Suzanne Collins’s source material, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (Lionsgate Films, November 2014; PG-13) could have been just an action movie. Instead, the filmmakers’ decision to split the book into two movies allows […]

The Maze Runner movie review

I’m a sucker for a good secret. The Maze Runner is all about secrets. If you’ve read James Dashner’s novel, seeing the Twentieth Century Fox movie (September 2014; PG-13) is a completely different experience than it would be if you were new to the story. Instead of wondering how a gaggle of teenaged boys ended […]

If I Stay movie review

So, I saw that movie based on a YA novel about teens in love who are faced with questions of life and death. No, not that one, at least not most recently. I’m talking about the adaptation of Gayle Forman’s 2009 novel If I Stay, directed by R. J. Cutler (MGM and New Line Cinema, […]

The Fault in Our Stars movie review

Last year, we teamed up to write “What Makes a Good YA Love Story?”, and much of our answer to that question was based on the epically beloved, critically acclaimed 2012 novel, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. What we both loved so much about this damn-near perfect teen love story is that, […]