Multcolib Picks: While You Wait for...Beasts of the Southern Wild
Annotation:Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness.
Annotation:After New Orleans has been battered by flood after flood, a fever breaks out that changes the face of the city. In the disease- ridden city, a 16-year-old tries to survive, and to protect a baby that has come into her care.
Annotation:High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with whom he shared a love of stories. Now his books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld.
Annotation:An engineer returns to the Amazon searching for his son who had disappeared into the jungle. After ten years of searching, he finds the man that had once been his boy, but now is a warrior from a different world.
Annotation:Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.
Annotation:Two highly imaginative girls become friends, and create a fantasy world that only they share. When their friendship is threatened, the girls vow to stay together, devising a secret plan that leads to shocking consequences.
Annotation:Wendy is a down-on-her-luck girl who's hoping to turn things around for herself with a summer job in Alaska, but finds herself stranded with no money in a small Oregon town.
Annotation:Chronicles Danzig in the 1920s/1930s and the life and times of Oskar Matzerath the son of a local dealer, a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth, he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II.
Annotation:When a young girl gets trapped in a strange new world of spirits, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and rescue her parents
Annotation:Facing trouble at home with his father gone and his mother and sister uninterested in him, Max runs away from home during an argument only to end up in the island of the Wild Things.
Annotation:In Spain, 1944, young Ofelia and her mother go to live with her new stepfather at a military outpost, a world of unimaginable cruelty. Soon Ofelia finds the creatures of her imagination have been conjured into life, and she must save both them and herself.
Annotation:Six-year-old Hushpuppy is living in an isolated bayou community. When her father becomes ill, she sets out to find help for him, but is delayed by a 'busted' universe that reverses weather patterns and brings about long-extinct animals.
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Hush Puppy is on a quest to save her father and to understand the beautiful and chaotic world around her. While you're waiting to watch Beasts of the Southern Wild, take a look at this list of movies and books about precocious children trying to maneuver in sometimes violent and disturbing worlds where magic and reality combine.