Daily Archives: May 19, 2015

Grand Budapest Hotel – Won 4 Oscars!

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Who doesn’t love an indie film every once in a while? I sure do. Director Wes Anderson’s film The Grand Budapest Hotel recently won 4 Oscars, including Best Achievement in Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, as well as Best Original Score. This movie tells of the adventures of a concierge and his lobby boy living in the fictional country of Zubrowka during the 1930s.

The lovely book The Grand Budapest Hotel by Matt Zoller Seitz was just released as a companion to The Wes Anderson Collection. Both are fantastic reads. Go to your nearest library and pick up a copy today! If you are interested in learning more about Wes Anderson or The Wes Anderson Collection, head on over to the blog post Indie films: Wes Anderson. Thanks for reading!

-Laura, 17, Greenwood 

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Sweep: Book of Shadows – unique plot & clear details

Sweep Book of ShadowsTitle: Sweep: Book of Shadows

Author: Cate Tiernan

Summary: After meeting Cal, a mysterious new student, Morgan is immediately drawn into his personality and his magical Wicca culture and rituals. Wicca soon becomes her passion and she finds out that she is involved with Wicca in more ways than she ever thought possible. She soon starts unraveling the history of her family and her true identity, which will change her life and the way she sees the world forever.

I give Sweep: Book of Shadows 9/10 stars because of the unique plot and clear details.

Why I started reading: The engaging title and design on the cover got my attention. I like books about fantasy and magic in the real world, and this book seemed like it would be a good book to read in that genre.

Gut Reaction: Characters are easy to visualize, this type of magic is very different that what I thought of before.

What I loved: The descriptions of what happens during the Wicca rituals make me want to meet the characters and experience what they do. I found a new perspective of magic, and the setting in the book is hauntingly beautiful.

Websites of Interest:

Sweep series blog

-Afsara, Greenwood, Teen Adviser

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