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!)