Booklist–Making Movies!

Yesterday afternoon, the Friends of the Library had a Movie-Making Workshop for tweens and teens.  Even though it was a beautiful sunny day and about 82 degrees outside (in April! Yikes!) about twenty kids attended, and made four different mini-movies (okay, commercials!) for the Library.

Those mini-movies will be available a little later this week, but in honor of the occasion, we made a Movie-Making Booklist!  It’s divided into three parts:  books for kids in fifth & sixth grade, books for kids in seventh & eight grade, and books for kids in high school.  That’s a lot of pictures, so we’re going to skip the covers for this list.

If you like reading about kids making movies, kids who star in movies, or anything relating to acting and actors, this list is for you!

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Making Movies Booklist!

Grades 5 & 6:

Abrahams, Peter.  Behind the Curtain
An avid Sherlock Holmes fan, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill is kidnapped while investigating mysterious happenings in her home town. J & YA

Bryant, Annie. Maeve on the Red Carpet
Maeve Kaplan-Taylor believes her lifelong dream of becoming a movie star is about to come true. She is going to film camp at the Brookline Movie House, where she will learn about what it takes to make a movie and, more importantly, to star in one. J

Burns, Laura. The Case of the Slippery Soap Star
When his mother is accused of stealing jewelry at a charity dinner, Orville and Agatha team up to find the real thief–and their prime suspect is a famous soap opera actor. J

Coleman, Rowan.  Ruby Parker Hits the Small Time
Thirteen-year-old Ruby feels her life is over when she learns that her parents are splitting up at the same time she hears rumors that she will be fired soon from the television soap opera she has worked on since age six.  YA

Cooper, Susan.  King of Shadows
While in London as part of an all-boy acting company preparing to perform in a replica of the famous Globe Theatre, Nat Field suddenly finds himself transported back to 1599 and performing in the original theater under the tutelage of Shakespeare himself. J & YA

Dixon, Franklin.  Double Down
Frank and Joe continue to work undercover as part of teen movie star Justin Carraway’s entourage as they try to solve the murder of a celebrity photographer. J

Henson, Heather.  Here’s How I See It: Here’s How It Is
At almost-thirteen, Junebug has never felt right except as stagehand at her father’s summer theater, but after her parents separate and an irritating intern takes over her responsibilities, she discovers how hard life can be without a script to follow. J

Hirsch, Odo.  Antonio S. & The Mysterious Theodore Guzman
Antonio, living in part of a very large house with his magician father and doctor mother, knows all sorts of unusual things but it is not until he meets his mysterious neighbor, Theodore Guzman, that he is introduced to the magical world of theatre. J

Hoobler, Dorothy.  The First Decade: Curtain Going Up
In the early years of the twentieth century, Peggy and her cousins Harry and Jack experience the excitement of belonging to a family of famous actors as they prepare to open a new theater with a family production of an original play. J

Karr, Kathleen.  In the Kaiser’s Clutch
While starring in a series of cliffhangers for Pathmark Studios during the summer of 1918, fifteen-year-old twins Fitz and Nelly Dalton uncover a German saboteur. J

Klise, Kate.  Far from Normal
When Charles Harrisong’s book about his family’s life in Normal, Illinois, is made into a major motion picture, the family is catapulted to instant fame. J

Korman, Gordon.  MacDonald Hall Goes Hollywood
When a film crew shoots on location at Macdonald Hall, best friends Bruno and Boots become friends with the star, who turns out to be a lot like them. Meanwhile, star-struck Bruno succeeds in getting everyone in trouble. J

Maas, Wendy. Finally
After her twelfth birthday, Rory checks off a list of things she is finally allowed to do, but unexpected consequences interfere with her involvement in the movie being shot at her school, while a weird prediction starts to make sense. J

Van Draanen, Wendelin.  Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy
A Hollywood actress, who had been competing with Sammy’s mother for an important role, is murdered, but thirteen-year-old Sammy and her friend Marissa are on the case. J

Wasserman, Robin.  Life, Starring Me!
Ruby Day is a star. Or at least she was, until she got too old for her role on the international tour of Bye Bye Birdie. She knows all there is to know about Parisian room service, signing autographs for fans, and navigating strange new cities. But so what? Now Ruby is just an ordinary seventh grader, doomed to an ordinary seventh grade life. That is, until she joins the totally unglamorous school musical and finds herself in a role she’s never played before — best friend. J

Grades 7 & 8:

Abrahams, Peter. Down the Rabbit Hole
Like her idol Sherlock Holmes, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her intellect to solve a murder case in her home town of Echo Falls. YA & J

Abrahams, Peter.  Behind the Curtain.
An avid Sherlock Holmes fan, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill is kidnapped while investigating mysterious happenings in her home town. YA & J

Calonita, Jen.  Secrets of My Hollywood Life
Longing to experience the life of a “normal” teenager, sixteen-year-old actress Kaitlin Burke assumes a false identity to attend a local high school. YA

Calonita, Jen.  Secrets of My Hollywood Life: Family Affairs
Sixteen-year-old actress Kaitlin Burke reluctantly joins forces with castmate Sky when a scheming new actress tries to steal the show. YA

Calonita, Jen.  Secrets of My Hollywood Life: On Location
Life is good for Hollywood princess Kaitlin Burke, ready to star in a movie by her favorite director, but an old love and a scheming new publicist complicate her already hectic existence. YA

Coleman, Rowan.  Ruby Parker Hits the Small Time
Thirteen-year-old Ruby feels her life is over when she learns that her parents are splitting up at the same time she hears rumors that she will be fired soon from the television soap opera she has worked on since age six.  YA

Eller, Scott.  21st Century Fox
Football players brothers Brad and Dean are affected by the glamour of Hollywood in different ways when a movie company descends on their small town. YA

Kidd, Ronald.  The Year of the Bomb
In 1955 California, as “Invasion of the body snatchers” is filmed in their hometown, thirteen-year-old Arnie discovers a real enemy when he and three friends go against a young government agent determined to find communists at a nearby university or on the movie set. YA

Klise, Kate.  Far from Normal
When Charles Harrisong’s book about his family’s life in Normal, Illinois, is made into a major motion picture, the family is catapulted to instant fame. YA & J

Lee, Tanith.  Indigara, or Jet and Otis Conquer the World
When her annoying older sister gets a bit part in a movie, fourteen-year-old Jet and her family travel to Ollywood–the movie capital of their earth-like planet–where, on a trip through the city’s subways, Jet and her robot dog Otis are transported to a world of rejected fantasy and science fiction movies and must try to find their way back to reality. YA

Maas, Wendy. Finally
After her twelfth birthday, Rory checks off a list of things she is finally allowed to do, but unexpected consequences interfere with her involvement in the movie being shot at her school, while a weird prediction starts to make sense.  J

Mantchev, Lisa.  Eyes Like Stars
Thirteen-year-old Bertie strives to save Theater Illuminata, the only home she has ever known, but is hindered by the Players who magically live on there, especially Ariel, who is willing to destroy the Book at the center of the magic in order to escape into the outside world. YA

Selzer, Adam.  How to Get Suspended and Influence People
Gifted eighth-grader Leon Harris becomes an instant celebrity when the film he makes for a class project sends him to in-school suspension. YA

Selzer, Adam.  Pirates of the Retail Wasteland
When eighth-grader Leon decides what to do for his project in the gifted program, it involves coffee houses, pirates, and filmmaking. YA

Sheldon, Dyan.  Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
In her first year at a suburban New Jersy high school, Mary Elizabeth Cep, who now calls herself “Lola,” sets her sights on the lead in the annual drama production, and finds herself in conflict with the most popular girl in school. YA

Sheldon, Dyan.  Confessions of a Hollywood Star
Upon learning at the end of her senior year of high school that a Hollywood film is being made in her hometown, Lola stops at nothing to get a part and upstage her nemesis, Carla Santini. YA

Duma, Nova Ren.  Dani Noir
Imaginative thirteen-year-old Dani feels trapped in her small mountain town with only film noir at the local art theater and her depressed mother for company, but while trying to solve a real mystery she learns much about herself and life. YA

Wilcox, Mary. Hollywood Sisters: Backstage Pass
Having moved from Anaheim to Hollywood, California, so her sister can star in a television sitcom, shy and lonely Jessica tries to discover who is selling unflattering stories about her sibling to the tabloids. YA

Wilcox, Mary.  Hollywood Sisters: Caught on Tape
A broken heart, an intrusive public, and a streak of bad luck convince Jess that being the younger sister of a major television star has its drawbacks. YA

Wilcox, Mary.  Hollywood Sisters: On Location
Thirteen-year-old Jessica, a recovering shy girl and poet, continues her sleuthing on the set of her sister’s television sitcom–this time to discover the prankster who is delaying the show’s production. YA

Williams, Dar.  Lights, Camera, Amalee
When seventh-grader Amalee uses an inheritance to make a movie about endangered species, she discovers a link with the mother she never knew. YA

High School:

Cabot, Meg.  Teen Idol
When teenage heartthrob Luke Stryker shows up at a small-town Indiana high school to do research for a movie role, he persuades junior Jenny Greenley to use her considerable talents to try to change things at school for the better.  YA

Czech, Jan.  Grace Happens
The daughter of a famous actress, fifteen-year-old Grace has never known the identity of her father, but she hopes to find some answers while spending the summer at her mother’s childhood home on Martha’s Vineyard. YA

De la Cruz, Melissa.  Girl Stays in the Picture: A Girl Novel
On a movie set in Saint Tropez, France, several teenaged members of the Hollywood elite come together in an explosion of scenes shot and reshot, friendships formed and cast aside, and romances begun and destroyed, all duly reported by paparazzi. YA

Douglas, Lola.  True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet
Teen movie star Morgan Carter retreats to a small midwestern town to recuperate anonymously after an overdose and rehabilitation, recording her thoughts in a diary. YA

Howell, Simone.  Notes from the Teenage Underground
Seventeen-year-old film buff Gem sets out to make an underground movie with her friends Lo and Mira, but discovers much about her own life in the process. YA

Johnson, Maureen.  Suite Scarlett
Fifteen-year-old Scarlett Marvin is stuck in New York City for the summer working at her quirky family’s historic hotel, but her out-of-work actor brother’s attractive new friend and a seasonal guest who offers her an intriguing and challenging writing project improve her outlook.

Johnson, Maureen.  Scarlett Fever
Fifteen-year-old Scarlett, who is beginning to get over her break-up with Eric, stays busy as assistant to her theatrical-agent friend who is not only promoting Scarlett’s brother Spencer, but also a new client whose bad-boy brother has transferred to Scarlett’s school. YA

Kennedy, Mary.  Confessions of an Almost Movie Star
Having unexpectedly landed a role in a movie being shot at her high school, Jessie discovers that movie stars and the film industry are not as glamorous as she once thought. YA

Lockhart, E. Dramarama
Spending their summer at Wildewood Academy, an elite boarding school for the performing arts, tests the bond between teens Sadye and her best friend Demi. YA

Mantchev, Lisa.  Eyes Like Stars
Thirteen-year-old Bertie strives to save Theater Illuminata, the only home she has ever known, but is hindered by the Players who magically live on there, especially Ariel, who is willing to destroy the Book at the center of the magic in order to escape into the outside world. YA

Martinusen-Coloma, Cindy.  Ruby Unscripted
When fifteen-year-old Ruby, along with her mother, stepfather, and younger brother, move to Marin County, California, leaving her older brother back home with her father and stepmother, she feels lost among the wealthier, more sophisticated people she meets, but gradually she begins to see a side of herself that never really fit into her old life, and she opens herself up to the new experiences that God is offering her. YA

McLaughlin Emma. The Real Real
When Hampton High senior Jesse is cast in a reality television show along with five other, more popular students, drama on and off screen reveals that what the audience and producers want is not the same as what Jesse wants. YA

Rallison, Janette. Just One Wish
Seventeen-year-old Annika tries to cheer up her little brother Jeremy before his surgery to remove a cancerous tumor by bringing home his favorite television actor, Steve Raleigh, the star of “Teen Robin Hood.” YA

Selfors, Suzanne. Saving Juliet
Seventeen-year-old Mimi Wallingford’s stage fright and fight with her mother on the closing night of Romeo and Juliet are nothing compared to the troubles she faces when she and her leading man are transported to Shakespeare’s Verona, where she decides to give the real Juliet a happy ending. YA

Sones, Sonya.  One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies
Fifteen-year-old Ruby Milliken leaves her best friend, her boyfriend, her aunt, and her mother’s grave in Boston and reluctantly flies to Los Angeles to live with her father, a famous movie star who divorced her mother before Ruby was born. YA

Zindel, Lizabeth.  Girl of the Moment
Fifteen-year-old Lily has a lot to learn when she spends the summer working as the intern of a spoiled and powerful Hollywood starlet. YA

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There were two books I remember reading as a kid that the library doesn’t own, that had to do with movie making.

The first one was called In Real Life, I’m Just Kate, by Barbara Morgenroth. When her father loses his job as the leading man in a daytime soap, Kate’s role picks up, and she starts supporting her family. But although acting is both challenging and glamorous, Kate just wants life to be normal.

The other was Me, Cassie. by Anita Feagles. Cassie is beautiful, but her life is a mess.  She’s a model who acts…kind of…and  lives at home with her parents and her brother. Just as her career picks up, two teenage cousins and their bratty little sister, an enormous dog, and two Moroccan  foreign exchange students move in with her family, plus there’s  a boyfriend who is not only shorter than she is, but who’s not sure he even wants to be a boyfriend AND a wacky bohemian grandmother. This book is definitely a product of the early 70s, but it’s hysterical. If you ever see it, it’s worth picking up!

Remember–watch this space for the movie making final products!

::Kelly::

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