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Sunday, July 5, 2009

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Briana: Unfortunately, this week was a slow one. As you might know, I went to orientation for school on Sunday night (going into Monday) so New Movie Monday was late, but I did get a free book to read over the summer.

Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity and My Journey to Freedom in America by Francis Bok, Edward Tivnan

May 1986: Seven-year-old Francis Bok was selling his mother's eggs and peanuts near his village in southern Sudan when Arab raiders on horseback burst into the quiet marketplace, murdering men and gathering the women and young children into a group. Strapped to horses and donkeys, Francis and others were taken north into lives of slavery under wealthy Muslim farmers.

For ten years, Francis lived in a shed near the goats and cattle that were his responsibility. After two failed attempts to flee--each bringing severe beatings and death threats--Francis finally escaped at age seventeen. He persevered through prison and refugee camps for three more years, winning the attention of United Nations officials who granted passage to America.

Now a student and an antislavery activist, Francis Bok has made it his life mission to combat world slavery. His is the first voice to speak to an estimated 27 million people held against their will in nearly every nation, including our own. Escape from Slavery is at once a riveting adventure, a story of desperation and triumph, and a window revealing a world that few have survived to tell.

Okay, so this book isn't YA, but it actually sounds really interesting. I just started reading a little bit so far and it's not bad. I get to meet the author in the Fall so that will be really exciting. Hopefully I'll be able to get my book signed.

Also, Elie Wiesel is coming to my hometown in November, I have one of his books Night. It really sucks that I won't be here to see him but hopefully my friend will be able to get my book signed, if he's going to sign.

DVDs (for New Movie Monday)

After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, Wall-E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets a sleek search robot named Eve. Eve comes to realize that Wall-E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet's future, and races back to space to report her findings to the humans (who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home). Meanwhile, Wall-E chases Eve across the galaxy.

I heard this movie was adorable and there was nothing at the movie store again, so I got it. Did any of you like it?

Tony Stark is a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Instead, using his intelligence and ingenuity, Tony builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. When he uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications, he dons his powerful armor and vows to protect the world as Iron Man.

Who doesn't love a good super-hero movie? I know I do ... well, I love Spiderman. I'm not sure if you would consider Transformers to be "Superhero", if so, then I love that too! I never really hear anything about Iron Man but hopefully I'll enjoy it.

(Arielle and Marisa may post later!)


  1. I actually really liked Wall-E, for the first few minutes I was watching it I was worried there wouldn't be any dialogue (but, there is...so I guess I worried for nothing).

  2. That's good to know! I was worried about the no dialogue thing either.


  3. Wall-E is such a cute movie. If you like other Pixar/Disney films, then Wall-E should be a hit.
    Iron Man is a great superhero movie, and really interesting. :) Have fun watching the movies and reading!

    Oh, and with regards to your comment on my IMM post, I've heard the Luxe series being compared to Gossip Girl but with pretty dresses. :P It's a historical novel loosely based on articles I think (unless the articles are made up...) with lots of drama, death, mystery and romance.

    - Alex

  4. Thanks Alex! That definitely helps.


  5. Great book you got this week. I've seen Wall-E and it's quite a good movie. Enjoy.

  6. i liked both wall-e and iron man. good summer time flicks. the bok book sounds interesting. it reminds me of, a long way gone by ishmael beah, which is also a good one about abducted african boys.

  7. I haven't seen Wall-E yet, but everyone tells me it's a really cute movie.
    So, I would like to see what you think about it.


  8. Yeah, I definitely figured it would be a nice change from my usual fiction. I should read something that will broaden my horizons lol. I shouldn't just stick to the same old stuff, even though I really love my YA books.


  9. Ooh I love Wall-E and Iron Man they're both so wicked.

  10. Ah Wall-E - one of my favorite kids movies. I can't wait for the second Iron Man! Gah, the first one was so great.

  11. That would be amazing to get to meet Elie W. Happy reading!


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