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Welcome to the September 2014 edition of the On DVD newsletter. If you see anything you like, be sure to follow the catalog links to place titles of interest on hold.

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The 2014 One Book One Community selection is "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio. In "Wonder," a boy with sever facial abnormalities who has been homeschooled through fourth grade is going to school for the first time. The story is told from multiple points of view and ultimately extols the virtue of being kind.

Many area organizations are hosting book discussions and events centered on the themes of kindness and anti-bullying. Visit the One Book One Community section of our website for a program schedule, information about the book, and related links.

 

 Bully

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Bully is a character-driven documentary following five kids and families over the course of a school year. Offering insight into different facets of America's bullying crisis, the stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter, who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. The documentary provides intimate and often shocking glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals' offices.

This film is rated PG-13.

 

 

 

 
Hoot
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Roy Eberhardt has moved with his family so often he literally has lost count of the number of times he has had to changed schools. Roy ought to be used to being the new kid at school by now, but making the switch from Montana to Florida proves to be a major challenge. While Roy quickly becomes the target of school bully, he is befriended by Beatrice Leep, a spunky girl with enough nerve to stand up to Dana, and her brother Mullet Fingers. Beatrice and Mullet share a big secret with Roy, they have a hidden hideaway where they look after a flock of endangered owls. That is of little concern to Chuck Muckle, a top executive from the Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House chain, who is planning to build a new restaurant in the hollow where the owls nest. The three kids are determined to find a way to save the owls and have a plan. They have uncovered some evidence of some dirty doings tied in to the pancake house.

This film is rated PG.

 

 

 

 Chrissa Stands Strong 

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On her first day at her new school, Chrissa is seated with three girls who greet her with teasing and tricks. They bully Chrissa in class, on the bus, online, and even at swim club. When the taunting goes too far, Chrissa must find a way to stand strong.

This film is not rated.

 

 

 

 

 The Stream

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Ernest Terry, like most boys his age, is obsessing over George Lucas's Star Wars saga. In the woods outside Ernest's neighborhood, capture-the-flag contests escalate into sprawling Jedi battles, with bright yellow Wiffle ball bats substituting for lightsabers. But when a bully snaps Ernest's already-damaged 'weapon' in half, our hero and his friends accept a mission: Follow a nearby stream to the town mall, buy a new bat and return home before their parents realize they're missing.

This film is rated PG.

 

 

 

Mask

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The true story of Rocky Dennis, a personable young man who has craniodiaphyseal dysplasia, a fatal disease which causes hideous facial disfigurement. Rocky is the son of biker Rusty and he is accepted without question by his mom's boyfriends and her cycle buddies, but treated with pity and disgust by much of the outside world. The local high school principal doesn't want to enroll Rocky, but Rusty fights for her son's rights. Rocky eventually falls in love with Diana, a blind girl who cannot see his deformity and is entranced by the boy's kindness and compassion.

This film is rated PG-13.