Coraline Movie Review


Coraline (2009)
Rating: 4/5 stars
Based on: Coraline by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
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Review by Silas G.

Coraline is an exciting, stand-alone, animated movie. Coraline just moved into her new home and is curious to see what it really has to offer. While exploring, Coraline stumbles upon a door that takes her into an almost identical world compared to the one she currently lives in; the catch is that this alternate world is filled with the joyous wonders and wishes Coraline always wanted, but never experienced. It seems too good to be true and once she finally notices this, it was almost too late. Coraline is forced to use her wit and curiosity in order to escape from the world she thought she loved.

My thoughts on this movie are very high. I would give this movie a solid 4 out of 5 stars due to its great stop-motion effects, ultimately bringing the movie to life. The hidden meaning and overall lesson learned throughout this movie are great for both younger and older viewers. Even though this movie can be labeled as a kid’s movie, right off the bat the soundtrack and dark setting gives off a harrowing mood; this mood continues on for the majority of the movie, allowing the viewer to try and really understand what is occurring in this spine-chilling thriller. It can easily be compared to The Nightmare before Christmas due to its offsetting mood and dark appeal. Both movies have a protagonist that you can root for, and an antagonist that you oppose, but the decision really comes down to genre and your overall taste in a film.

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Display Spotlight: Books to Screen

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Whether you only get interested in the book after seeing the movie, or are firmly on team “the book is always better,” there’s something fun about reading and watching a story (and comparing the two!) This month’s Books to Screen display features some old classics as well as books that are on their way to your TV screens later this year! Here are some of our favorites from the display.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

A1agLFsWkOLThis inventive fantasy follows Zélie Adebola, along with her brother, frenemy, and enemies, as she fights to bring magic back to her homeland, Orïsha. The book made quite a splash when it was first published, and was very quickly optioned by Disney. It may be a while until we can see Zélie and friends (including a mythic “lionaire” named Nailah!) on screen, but it sounds like it will be worth the wait.


Shadow and Bone/Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

81ms4DdfKtLAlthough it was only published eight years ago, The Miseducation of Cameron Post has already become a classic of LGBTQ+ literature. Set in Montana during the 90s, it follows Cameron through her first love and a complicated relationship with her aunt before she must confront the hurt and horrors of being told she needs to “fix” what’s wrong with her. The indie movie based on the book stars Chlöe Grace Moretz as Cameron, and won top honors at the Sundance Film Festival when it was released in 2018.


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

5b856f64d5699.imageThis was already a beloved book before it went on to become a smash hit for Netflix, and with good reason. Lara Jean’s struggles to find herself and find love, complicated by all her secret love letters being released to the world, is sweet, relatable, and yes, funny. Lana Condor and Noah Centineo brought Lara Jean and Peter to life for the movie, and we have a particular soft spot for Anna Cathcart’s portrayal of Kitty.

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Rating: 4/5 stars
Movie: A Man Called Ove (2016)
Review by Isabella S.

A man by the name of Ove is grumpy, but also is kind-hearted deep down. He has to overcome quite a bit of obstacles in his lifetime, and it all seems to go downhill after his wife passes away. He encounters many different people that teach him lessons about life, and this book follows those encounters.

I read this book for school, so I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. I liked it because it kept me interested with all of the troubles that Ove had to face, and kept me wondering how he was going to solve them. At times, I related to Ove when he felt lonely even though he had many people around him to keep him company, because sometimes people can get lonely in the presence of others.

This book is at an appropriate reading level for high schoolers and middle schoolers. This was unlike any book I’ve ever read before, because it was filled with tons of twists and turns of sad and heavy events. This book taught me that some people have depressing things going on in their lives that we may not know about.

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Display Spotlight: Romance

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Okay, so we admit – Valentine’s Day has romance on our minds. But whether you’re a gooey romantic in your real life or not, any month is good for enjoying fictional romances. We’ve got everything from the dramatic to the weepy to good old-fashioned rom-coms in this month’s display, like these picks from our staff.

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

georgia-peaches-and-other-forbidden-fruitJoanna has been out for ages in her hometown of Atlanta, tearing up the LGBTQ+ scene in town with her best friend Dana. But when her father re-marries and they move to small town Georgia at the beginning of her senior year, Joanna agrees to go back in the closet – in exchange for the radio show she desperately wants at her father’s station. Everything is going well until she meets Mary Carlson. It’s bad enough that Mary Carlson is beautiful and kind, but when it seems like she might have feelings for Joanna, things get complicated. This romance is particularly memorable for addressing what it’s like to be a queer Christian teen, and gets bonus points for a great supporting cast.                                                                                                     


If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann819j-lymPcL

Winnie knows what her plan for the summer is – work as much as possible at the family restaurant, spend time with her QueerPlatonic ungirlfriend Kara, and hang with her brother Winston. But things start to go wrong quickly – her grandmother is pushing her to lose weight, Winston is being weird, and Kara doesn’t react well when Winnie starts talking to her long-term crush Dallas. This is a realistic look at complicated relationships that combines humor and heartbreak, all centered on the unforgettable Winnie.


When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

81m7d9PvMfLThis gorgeous, fairy tale-like book centers on two teens, Miel and Sam. Miel appeared mysteriously from the town water tower, and roses grow from her wrists. Samir knows that he is a boy despite what other people might tell him. While Sam faces the judgment of the world, Miel must face the dangers of the Bonner sisters, who might be witches, and who definitely want her roses. Fortunately Miel and Sam have each other, as they have for years. From the image of the moons Sam paints and hangs from trees to the Bonner sisters’ glass pumpkins, When the Moon Was Ours is the kind of beautiful that sticks in your mind long after you’ve closed the book.


Sick Kids In Love by Hannah Moskowitz

71u6cJ22jaLIsabel has one rule: no dating. It’s easier, safer, and better…for the other person. You see, she’ got rheumatoid arthritis and she just doesn’t want to have to go through explaining it- that is, until she meets another sick kid, Sasha. He understands what it means to be sick, and he understands her more than her healthy friends and family. Isabel’s no dating rule has never come this close to being broken, and readers will root for these two falling in love; and even better, as the tagline says, “the sick kids don’t die in this one”.

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Movie Review


Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2018)
Rating: 4/5 stars
Series: Jumanji, Movie 1
Review by David D.


Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is about a group of high school students that discover an old video game console on the school’s basement while serving detention. While playing the video game, they are drawn into the game’s world; in order to survive this nightmare and beat the game, they each have to pick a character with special abilities. During this time they faced crucial, terrifying, and thrilling moments that could end the game for them. Be ready to find out if they make it out alive or get stuck in this fantasy world forever.

I would rate this movie a solid 4 out of 5 stars because the acting of Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson makes this movie hilarious and entertaining. I also believe this is an incredible movie to watch with your whole family. This movie is like a rollercoaster that constantly has action and adventure. I would strongly consider that you watch this movie before watching the second one because you would have you laugh your guts out every second and you don’t want to spoil the second one; if you really enjoy the first movie, you can watch the second, which is even more funny and entertaining.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Rating: 5/5 stars
Series: Carry On, Book 1
Review by Sarah D.


This book takes place in England at a magical boarding school called Watford, a school for wizards. I know that it kind of sounds like Harry Potter, but I swear it couldn’t be farther from it. The focus of the story is on our main protagonist Simon Snow, an orphaned teen who spends his all of his time at Watford and his summers bouncing around foster homes. At Watford, everyone is paired with a roommate. That’s where our lovable anti-hero, Baz, comes in. Simon and Baz hate each other with a burning passion; Simon is a care-free spirit, while Baz is a proper rich kid. The book focuses on their perilous and magical adventures and antics alongside their friends Agatha and Penny.

There are many reasons why I absolutely love this book. One major reason is the author’s writing style. Rowell writes the book in multiple perspectives, with each chapter usually in the perspective of a different character. This gives the story an amazing dynamic, where every detail is touched upon. The storyline is incredibly well thought out and incredibly detailed, and it’s serious and dramatic and funny in all of the right places. This book is also incredibly inclusive, as the main relationship is a same sex one, which is huge for a mainstream book. There are is also major representation for people of color.

The characters in this book are incredibly relatable, all with their own quirks and flaws. Simon is a wild, junk food-loving klutz, Baz is a vulnerable try-hard, Penny is a smart dork with funky glasses, and Agatha tries her very best in anything she does. I think that anyone who reads this book will find a character they relate to and connect with, and that’s amazing for a book to be able to do. The emotion in this book is something else. I feel like I cycled through every emotion I have by the halfway mark. I definitely cried more than once, but then again I laughed out loud a few times, too.

I 100% recommend this book to anyone who is interested. Word of warning: this book does have strong language so if that’s not your thing, I’d recommend staying away…but not really because this is an amazing book and everyone should read the genius that is Carry On.

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Author Spotlight: Rin Chupeco

Author Spotlight

It’s time for our monthly author spotlight, and in February we’re highlighting a popular author in the Teen Room: Rin Chupeco!

Rin was born and raised in the Philippines; their first adult novel that they read was Pet Semetary by Stephen King at age 6, which they thought was a sad story about a pet cat…but ended up being better. Since then, they’ve been fascinated by and drawn to telling ghost stories, and some of their biggest writing inspirations are Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Boris Akunin, Agatha Christie, Shirley Jackson, and Edgar Allan Poe. Rin identifies as pansexual and nonbinary (she/they pronouns), and currently lives with their family in Manila, Philippines. Their work is both spooky and captivating, and here’s their books that you can find in the Teen Room! All summaries are taken from Goodreads.


The Girl from the Well

The Girl From The WellYou may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret – one that would just kill to get out.

See rest of the series: The Suffering


The Bone Witch

91hU-veHc+L._SL1500_In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price.When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice.

See rest of the series: The Heart Forger, The Shadow Glass


The Never Tilting World

81mg5kMYyALGenerations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun.

While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal.

But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.


And coming up in March…

Wicked As You Wish

810e-Tc687LTala Warnock has little use for magic – as a descendant of Maria Makiling, the legendary Filipina heroine, she negates spells, often by accident. But her family’s old ties to the country of Avalon (frozen, bespelled, and unreachable for almost 12 years) soon finds them guarding its last prince from those who would use his kingdom’s magic for insidious ends.

And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated….


For more information about Rin and their upcoming work, visit their website at

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