Books on the Big Screen: a summer update

So many YA books are being made into movies lately! Here's the latest gossip news we dug up on the book-to-movie front:

1) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman has apparently been optioned for production by 1492 Pictures, the production company run by Chris Columbus (who directed the first two Harry Potter movies -- and Home Alone!). Word on the street is that unlike the last adaptation of Gaiman's Coraline, which was filmed in stop-motion, The Graveyard Book will be live action.

2) Beastly's release date has been pushed back from July 30th to... wait for it ... March 28, 2011! That's quite a delay! Officially, the reason for the change is to prevent competition between Beastly, starring Vanessa Hudgens, and Charlie St. Cloud, starring Zac Efron. But we think there might have been another reason.

3) Warner Bros is making a movie version of I Am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President, which we reviewed here at NOISE Online! No director yet, no casting news, and no release date, but we'll keep you posted.

4) It's official! Miley Cyrus is set to play Janie Hannagan in the movie adaptation of Lisa McMann's Wake. Exciting news, but do you think she can pull off Janie's troubled personality? Hmmm....

Finally, here are some trailers for some YA book-to-movies that are coming out this summer (the ones that don't have to do with wizards or vamps, anyway):

Flipped (based on the book by Wendelin van Draanan)

Legends of the Guardians (based on the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky)


Summer Preview

Here's just a taste of what's coming up this summer @ CHPL:

June Highlights
The Lightning Thief Release Toga Party
Free movie viewing of The Lightning Thief, a toga competition, prizes and more! [Wednesday, June 23 @ 6 PM]

Countdown To Eclipse Party
Trivia, games, and refreshments, all Twilight-themed. Don't miss it!  [Tuesday, June 29 @ 6 PM]

July Highlights
Blogging And Podcasting: Rants and Raves
Write or record a review of your favorite book -- you'll be featured right here at NOISE Online! [Monday, July 26 @ 6:30 PM]

Pretty Little Liars Murder Mystery Party 
After you've solved the mystery, stay to watch the new episode of Pretty Little Liars. [Tuesday, July 27 @ 7 PM]

Craft-tastic Summer Series
Join us for summer-themed DIY projects on these days: 7/7, 7/21, 7/22, 7/29 @ 6:00 in the Craft Room

August Highlights
Food For ThoughtFood, Inc.
We'll be viewing and discussing the documentary Food, Inc. You'll never look at food the same again! [Monday, August 16 @ 6 PM]

First Annual CHPL Hunger Games
 Think you've got what it takes to be a Victor? Show us what you've got and you might win a copy of Mockingjay. [Monday, August 23 @ 6 PM

End Of Summer Teen Band Showcase II
Get one last day of fun in before the summer ends! E-mail Michelle if you want your band to be showcased! [Saturday, August 28 @ 1 PM]

Intrigued? This is just the tip of the iceberg! Check out our calendar in the sidebar to see all of our events and programs this summer. 

Staff Pick: Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer

reviewed by: Melissa