Call of the Wild: an American Classic

Hollywood often turns to literature for inspiration. In the past two months we’ve seen new versions of Little Women and Dr. Doolittle. The newest adaptation of Jack London’s Call of the Wild will be released in theaters on February 21st and looks very promising. Call of the Wild is a very short novel; it was first published in four installments in the Saturday Evening Post. That makes it a great book to read with your family before seeing the film!

Jack London had spent a year in the Yukon at the height of the gold rush, and he wrote Call of the Wild after returning to California. He sold the publishing rights in 1903 and the book has been in print ever since.

The book is obviously in the genre of animal fiction, but Call of the Wild by Jack Londoncan also be looked at as a hero story, and it follows the example of other American classics like Huckleberry Finn in its depiction of a hero returning to nature.

White Fang by Jack London


After reading Call of the Wild, you’ll want to also check out London’s other dog story, White Fang.


Teen Movie Night: Pay it Forward

The Aurora Public Library District and the YA Book Discussion Group: Stuck Between the Pages will be presenting a movie presentation of Pay it Forward (PG13), the movie adaptation of the SBTP November book selection. The movie presentation will take place on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 5:30pm. There will be refreshments served. You don’t have to be part of the book discussion group to come see this movie!

Seventh grader Trevor (Haley Joel Osment) has every reason to believe that life is harsh and painful. His parents are alcoholics and his father is either absent or abusive. He walks into school every day through a metal detector. Outside his classroom window is an endless expanse of desert. And his mom works two jobs in a city filled with despair, Las Vegas. But then his teacher Eugene (Kevin Spacey) encourages his students to “backflip” the world into something better. He doesn’t expect much — maybe a clean-up of some graffiti. But Trevor decides to do three important favors for people who need them. Then, instead of allowing them to pay it back, he will ask each of them to “pay it forward,” doing three favors for other people, and asking them to do the same. One of Trevor’s favors is to bring his mother Arlene and Eugene together, though it turns out that it’s not just to make them happier. Arlene and Eugene put all of their effort into making sure they don’t get hurt again until they learn that it’s risking hurt that makes us alive.

The movie is PG-13.

Books Becoming Movies 2019

2019 is the year for books! There are so many being adapted for the big screen that it’s getting hard to keep track of them all! It’s a book lovers best and worst nightmare! Is the movie going to live up to our expectations of it?! Are the characters going to play the characters right? What if they mess it up?! 


Here are just a few of the books coming to the big screen:

 A classic story of unwavering loyalty and incredible devotion, A Dog’s Way Home is a beautifully told, charming tale that explores the unbreakable bond between us and our pets. This fantastic and exhilarating journey of the heart is in the same tradition as the beloved bestseller, A Dog’s Purpose.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life … as only a dog could tell it.

Wicked is an astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn’t so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagorical world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.

Where’d You Go Bernadette is an ingenious and unabashedly entertaining novel about a family coming to terms with who they are and the power of a daughter’s love for her mother.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller: The Woman in the Window, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.


There’s so many I can’t fit them all into this list! What book adaptation are you excited for? What adaptation do you wish they would do? Let us know in the comments!

Carpe Librum!

Books Adapted for the Big and Small Screens in 2017

2017 is gearing up to be a great year for awesome books to be adapted into movies and TV shows, whether you watch on streaming platforms, like Netflix and Hulu, or on regular cable. In the past, we’ve all seen some amazing (and not-so-amazing) shows and movies that had previously been a book or book series, such as Game of Thrones, Outlander, Orange is the New Black, The Vampire Diaries, and the Twilight, Harry Potter, Divergent, and The Hunger Games sagas. But if you want to read the book before you watch the movie or become invested in a show, then the Aurora Public Library District has just what you need!

Television and Streaming

Here are some new series coming to the small screen in 2017 that were books first:

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket became available for streaming on January 13 on Netflix, starring Neil Patrick Harris and Patrick Warburton.

Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies began airing on HBO on February 19, starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley.

The highly-anticipated Young Adult novel 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher will become available to stream on Netflix on March 31.

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale will become available to stream on Hulu on April 26, starring Alexis Bledel and Elizabeth Moss.

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods fantasy series will premiere on Starz on April 30.

Other shows coming later in 2017:

Charlaine Harris’ Midnight, Texas series on NBC

Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects on HBO

Dan Simmons’ The Terror on AMC

BBC: Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass series and J.K. Rowling’s (as Robert Galbraith) Cormoran Strike series


There are plenty of wonderful books coming to the big screen this year, almost too many to count!

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly was released on January 6 (One of the most amazing movies I have ever seen!).

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane was released on January 13.

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron was released on January 27.

Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James was released on February 10.

The Shack by William P. Young and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver were both released on March 3.

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman will be released on March 31.

The Circle by David Eggers will be released on April 28.

Other books-to-movies coming in 2017:

May 19: Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything

June 2: Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants

July 14: Daphne du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel

July 28: Stephen King’s The Dark Tower

September 8: Stephen King’s It

October 13: Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman

November 17: R.J. Palicio’s Wonder

November 22: Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express


Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle

Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach