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Now a Major Motion Picture
Contributor(s): McCarthy, Cori
ISBN: 1492652385     ISBN-13: 9781492652380
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
    OUR PRICE: $9.89  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: April 2018
Annotation: In Ireland with her brother during the filming of a movie based on her grandmother's wildly popular Elementia trilogy, Iris, seventeen, decides to shut down production and end the annoying craze.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Motion pictures; Production and direction; Fiction.
Actors and actresses; Fiction.
Dating (Social customs); Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017030612
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.50 lbs) 386 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 February)

Gr 8 Up—Iris Thorne is tired of living in the shadow of a grandmother she barely knew and tired of babysitting her eight-year-old brother Ryder. She accompanies Ryder to Ireland, where the movie adaptation of her grandmother's popular high fantasy book trilogy "Elementia" is being filmed. Iris dislikes fantasy and resents "Thornians," the Elementian fandom. That includes nerdy debut actor Eamon O'Brien and director Cate Collins, who has declared the series to be "the feminist answer to Tolkien's male-dominated world." But Iris gradually develops a crush on Eamon, a begrudging respect for Cate, and even an appreciation for fantasy. Meanwhile, Ryder's need to assert his independence from Iris's overprotection forces her to come to terms with her dysfunctional family dynamics and a recent trauma. Major side plots include Cate's challenges as a female movie director and actress Shoshanna's similar experiences with "winning the intersectional bingo," as she is neither white nor straight. This is simultaneously a whimsical teen romance (borderline saccharine at some points) and an emotionally compelling story about family, creativity, and courage. McCarthy delves into the backstories and motivations of most major characters, and Iris herself is a well-developed and complex protagonist with a believable blend of ambition, fear, and fierce loyalty. VERDICT With its adept characterization, positive messages, and appeal factors for fans of multiple genres, this is a first purchase for most YA collections.—Magdalena Teske, West Chicago Public Library District

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