MACBETH by William Shakespeare
Infamously known as the cursed "Scottish play", Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way—including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: James Marsters as Macbeth, Joanne Whalley as Lady Macbeth, Josh Cooke as Banquo/Others, JD Cullum as Macduff/Second Murderer, Dan Donohue as Ross, Jeannie Elias as Second Witch/Others, Chuma Hunter-Gault as Lennox/Servant, Jon Matthews as Malcolm, Alan Shearman as Angus/Others, André Sogliuzzo as Donalbain/Third Witch/Others, Kate Steele as Lady Macduff/First Witch/Apparition, and Kristoffer Tabori as Duncan/Others. Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded before a live audience at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in May of 2011.
THE CURSE OF CROW HOLLOW by Billy Coffey
With the “profound sense of Southern spirituality” he is known for (Publishers Weekly), Billy Coffey draws us into a town where good and evil—and myth and reality—intertwine in unexpected ways. Everyone in Crow Hollow knows of Alvaretta Graves, the old widow who lives in the mountain. Many call her a witch; others whisper she’s insane. Everyone agrees the vengeance Alvaretta swore at her husband’s death hovers over them all. That vengeance awakens when teenagers stumble upon Alvaretta’s cabin, incurring her curse. Now a sickness moves through the Hollow. Rumors swirl that Stu Graves has risen for revenge. And the people of Crow Hollow are left to confront not only the darkness that lives on the mountain, but the darkness that lives within themselves. “Coffey spins a wicked tale . . . [The Curse of Crow Hollow] blends folklore, superstition, and subconscious dread in the vein of Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery.’” —Kirkus Reviews
I never knew the difference between sci-fi and fantasy until I had to teach it to my sophomores. This led to lots of (fun) research, so to save you some time, I'm going to give it to you short and simple:
Fantasy is magic and mythical creatures; stuff that doesn't and couldn't exist in our world.
Sci-fi is advanced technology (i.e. genetic engineering, virtual reality), space exploration and settings (i.e. aliens), and time travel (thanks to advanced technology); stuff that could exist in the world as we know it, but doesn't because we aren't that advanced yet.
At Vidcon last week, Angie Thomas revealed The Hate U Give's movie trailer!
Last weekend at the Denver Comic Con, there were lots of familiar sights: panels, princesses, and superheroes.
But one thing was never-before-seen: a new award given for Excellence in Graphic Literature.
Umm, yeah... Real life is hard. And we see that reflected in a lot of realistic fiction books.
DOCTOR CERBERUS by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's coming-of-age, coming-out cocktail with a twist of terror. Thirteen-year-old Franklin Robertson is trying to survive adolescence. His parents don't understand him, his brother torments him, he has no friends, and he's more interested in the high school quarterback than any girl. The one bright spot in his life is the glow of the black-and-white TV in his parents' basement. Here, he worships at the altar of the Saturday Night Horror Movie, hosted by the eerie Dr. Cerberus. Before long, Franklin is convinced that only by going on the show will his life be redeemed—by Dr. Cerberus himself! An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Simon Helberg as Franklin Robertson, Jamison Jones as Doctor Cerberus, Steven Culp as Lawrence Robertson, Pamela J. Gray as Lydia Robertson, and Jarrett Sleeper as Rodney Robertson.
OPENLY STRAIGHT by Bill Konigberg
Rafe is a normal teenager from Colorado. He's been out since 8th grade, accepted by his peers, and championed by his progressive parents. And while that's important, all Rafe really wants is to be a regular guy. To have his sexuality be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time. So when Rafe transfers to an all-boys' boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret -- not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate breaking down and realizes his own labels aren't well-concealed. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben...who doesn't even know that love is possible.
If you like love, then this booklist is for you! We've got teen romances, love-at-first-sight romances, LGBTQIA+ romances, puppy love romances, and more. And ALL the shipping!
MY NAME IS NOT FRIDAY by Jon Walter
A gorgeously written account of a freeborn black boy sold into slavery during the Civil War; think 12 Years a Slave for young adults. Well-mannered Samuel and his mischievous younger brother Joshua are free black boys living in an orphanage during the end of the Civil War. Samuel takes the blame for Joshua's latest prank, and the consequence is worse than he could ever imagine. He's taken from the orphanage to the South, given a new name--Friday--and sold into slavery. What follows is a heartbreaking but hopeful account of Samuel's journey from freedom to captivity, and back again.
COME AUGUST, COME FREEDOM by Gigi Amateau
Born a slave in 1776, Gabriel grows up capable and literate only to be taken from his mother and sent to the capital city as a blacksmith’s apprentice. There in the forge, a meeting point for many travelers and news bearers, his work awakens him to the sparks of resistance that are igniting into rebellion around the globe. When he is unable to both defend the love of his life and earn the money to buy her freedom, and with the news of Toussaint’s successful rebellion against Haiti’s slave masters ringing in his ears, Gabriel makes a decision: freedom for just his own family would not be enough. Using the forge to turn pitchforks into swords and his eloquence to turn dreams into rallying cries, Gabriel plots a rebellion involving thousands of slaves, free blacks, poor whites, and Native Americans. To those excluded from the promise of the Revolution, Gabriel intends to bring liberty. Interwoven with authentic original documents, this poignant, illuminating novel about a major figure in African-American history gives a personal face to a remarkable moment in our past that is little known but should be long remembered.