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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:49 pm 
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I knew this was coming, but this is the first trailer I've seen, and I thought it was very promising. The film is directed by Ava DuVernay, and the cast looks magnificent. And we need more, more, more family movies with girl heroes, especially girls of color. It's from Disney, but doesn't appear to be what we used to call "Disneyfied." At least from the teaser.
https://youtu.be/E4U3TeY2wtM

I've loved the book since I was 8 years old, so I will be there!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:57 pm 
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I just saw this! :love: :love: :love:

Please, please, please let it be good! I absolutely adore this book, and it was probably my first introduction into sci fi/fantasy. I just reread it recently and still love it to pieces.

And, I mean, come on. Chris Pine. Oprah Winfrey. :love:

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:54 pm 
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I came here to post the same trailer! I've had to adjust my brain because I've loved this book since 4th grade and it doesn't look as it has in my head all these years. I have great expectations!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:48 am 
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So do I. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:44 am 
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Another book to read

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:48 am 
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Another book to read

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:51 am 
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That book has probably created more happy girl geeks than any other influence. And when you consider *quick wikipedia check* that it was first published in 1963 (and written in 1959–60), it shows that L'Engle was ahead of her time. (What a dreary time for women and girls it was! Bleh. I'm surprised so many women my age survived it with their dreams intact.) It was rejected 26 times and had come back to her from her agent, but then a chance connection got the attention of the publisher at Farar Straus & Giroux, and he loved it. It's never been out of print since.

I know so many women who talk about finding that book in the school library and how it changed their lives. Even women who never ended up really as geeks have mentioned it as, well, empowering.

So, yes. Read it. And Irika will be ready for it in two or three years.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:27 am 
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It was important to me as a girl in many, many ways. Meg didn't fit in. Her most defining trait was stubbornness, and she felt she could never be as beautiful as her mother or as smart as her brother. But she loved and was loved by her odd family. These things resonated with me, even as a child. Coming from that foundation of love, she could endure sorrow and hardship without losing sight of wonder. I learned much from her.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:30 pm 
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Now that you point that out, Wampus, I think that's one of the strong reasons I think Teremia's Cloud and Wallfish will have a similar impact on readers. It's a real adventure, with danger and confusion and excitement, but fundamentally the family is bound together by love and by trust that is shaken for a while, but not broken.

I agree about Meg's family. I had the immense good fortune to grow up in a similar one, where our mutual love and trust was the unquestioned foundation, and where much of our interaction was based on humor and honesty and a genuine liking for each other. I still had a lot of self-doubt at Meg's age, and earlier when I first encountered the book, and her family's unquestioning belief in her was not something I'd seen in a story before. So often in books for young people, the suspense and plotlines come from tearing a family apart! And there's pain in WiT—her father is missing, and there's that one telling moment when Meg sees her mother's quiet sadness when she thinks she's unobserved. But love and believing in each other is still the foundation, and in the end the key.

For me the story let me see from outside what I saw from the inside, and begin to understand the value of it.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:58 am 
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Exactly. That was my experience as well. It still is my experience with my brothers. We aren’t just in the same gene pool; we love and support one another. We laugh together. A family like that is a lasting treasure.

Although I secretly wanted to be a brilliant prodigy like Charles Wallace…

Is 61 too late to be a child prodigy?

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