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: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: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: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.