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Entries Tagged as 'Science Fiction'

Hunger Games #3 Has a Title! (and a cover…)

February 11, 2010 by Mrs. Northcutt · 1 Comment · Adventure Fiction, Books, Fantasy Fiction, Science Fiction, YA Literature

I…can’t…breathe! This is the best news I’ve heard in a while! I’m not sure that I’ll make it until August 24th when I can actually get to read it, but I can stare at the cover image starting NOW. I know that I keep telling people that I almost threw Catching Fire off my front porch when I was finished, but it was only because I did not have Mockingjay already accessible! You guys who’ve read it know what I’m talking about…

I am thrilled! Would you believe, dear readers, that I even have a mockingjay pin that I’ve been wearing on my winter coat? I’m such a fangirl sometimes. 

Of course there’s no news on what the book will actually be ABOUT plot-wise, but the following list of things that most certainly will NOT be in the novel were pretty hilarious and I had to share them with you. They were created by Scholastic Publishing’s David Levithan (VP Editorial Director) and featured on their blog.


  • Panem is not shaken up when District 9 is nominated for a best picture Oscar.
  • At no point does President Snow utter the line, “This is Snowmageddon, baby.”
  • Despite internet rumors to the contrary, it is not revealed that Cinna has been secretly designing outfits for a Capitol operative known as “Lady GaGa.”
  • All rumors of a crossover appearance by Geronimo Stilton are false.
  • In a tough editorial call, we decided not to have Katniss win the Hunger Games…only to be interrupted by Kanye West.

HA! funny stuff! Not so funny? Having to wait! ARGHH! Oh, and by the way – are you Team Peeta or Team Gale?  ;)

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Prepare to Be CHILLED!

September 18, 2009 by Mrs. Northcutt · 2 Comments · Books, Horror Fiction, Science Fiction

I hope throwing a new post up here doesn’t confuse you guys, but I have REALLY exciting news to share with you!

Last year, LeGrande had the honor of welcoming author Leigh Anne Florence and her wonderful weenie dogs for an author visit. The pups were SO cute and we had a lovely day talking about reading and writing! I was really inspired to try providing a yearly opportunity for YOU (my students) to get to meet real-life authors.

I’ve got a SCARY GOOD surprise for you!

On October 14th, LeGrande will welcome Johnathon Rand for the afternoon! He is the author of the popular American Chillers book series and I think that this is going to be one incredible program.

If you’re not already a fan and you love a good scary story, then you really need to read some of his books. Besides, I think it’s always much cooler to meet an author after you’re at least mildly familiar with their work. I’ve met quite a few authors over the years and I always have a better experience when I can talk to them about what they’ve written AFTER I have actually read it myself.

To give you some inspiration, I created the following video. Take a look!

So, what do you think? Are you excited?

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What Are YOU Reading?

October 1, 2008 by Mrs. Northcutt · 45 Comments · Books, Humorous Fiction, Science Fiction, YA Literature

Cover - The True Meaning of SmekdayWhassup, blogophiles?

It’s almost Fall Break for those of us here at the Book Bytes home base and personally, I’m looking forward to getting to do one of my favorite things. That would be having enough time to sit down and read whatever I want!

On the YA side, I’m currently reading an awesome science fiction novel called The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. Most of you know I’m a horror fan, but anyone who also knows that I’m a Star Wars geek could also surmise that I like the Sci-Fi, too. Especially when it’s also got some humor like this book does. It’s even got some comic book-style illustrations. You can check out a nifty website about The True Meaning of Smekday if you click here! Here’s what I know so far about this book. An alien race called the Boov invade Earth in 2013 and take over America. They rename our country Smekland, to honor their ”glorious Captain Smek”. Our main character, Gratutity “Tip” Tucci is on a mission to find her mom (who has been abducted by the Boov) and perhaps the world. In her search, Gratuity befriends an on-the-run Boov named J. Lo who turns her beat-up automobile into a flying car, thinks urinal cakes are tasty and apparently smells like fish. I’m about half-way through and I’ll definitely let you know my final verdict. I am certainly digging it thus far.


Leave a comment and maybe you’ll give me (and other blog readers) some ideas on what they should read next! This will also serve as a practice run for those of you who are joining the Book Bites Lunch Club where we will be reading Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight!


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!Turnabout By:Margaret Peterson Haddix!

July 12, 2007 by Mrs. Northcutt · No Comments · Book Reviews, Books, Science Fiction, YA Literature

Hey,  its Becca a 7th grader with a review over Turnabout! This is a great book!  Its sort of a  Science Fiction novel.  Now personally I dont care for science fiction but this is more of a real life kind i would say.   This book is about elderly women who are given a drug to turn around there aging proccess.  They are now teenagers and are worried what will happen when they become infants.  This is a book that you will never want to put down.  On a scale from 1-10 i would rate this book as a 10!

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