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The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival: Now In More Cities! Plus, a new Wrinkle in Time

September 17, 2012

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival has now expanded to more cities! For this second year, we’ll be screening not only in New York City with co-host Jon Scieszka and special guests Kate DiCamillo, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Margi Preus (December 2, 2012), Chicago with co-host Blue Balliett (February 10, 2013), and Portland, OR (February 24, 2013) BUT ALSO Tacoma, WA (February 23, 2013) and Florissant, MO (March 25, 2013). I’ll also be doing a screening at the Sheboygan Book Festival in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on October 12, 2012 with co-host children’s book author and illustrator Dan Yaccarino! You can find the complete details, including times and venues, on my events page.

Speaking of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, check out the stellar Wrinkle in Time video above I received from 7-year-old Berlyn and her friends Sophie, Kate, Aby, Alexa, Ruby, and Mia! I appreciated how it’s a totally different take on the book than my Wrinkle in Time video that kicked off the festival way back when. It’s more complete in plot, and the pulsing IT brain was ingenious, as well as the “black thing” eating up the planet (with salt! awesome!) and I love the way Mrs. Murry admonishes, “Watch out for the 2-dimensional planet!” (Also, in this version Meg has glasses, a detail I totally muffed in mine. Duh.) I also liked how when everyone is snuggling together at the end to prove how important love is, someone keeps peevishly muttering “Ow!” and “Stop sitting on me!” . . . And those witch costumes were amazing. Great acting and editing, too. Congratulations all around! See you at the festival!

Remember, the deadline for entries this year is November 10, 2012! You can find out all the details about the 90-Second Newbery, including rules and other great entries, here.