Wild World by Bastille

bastille-wild-world-compressedInformation: Wild World by Bastille is an album that was released in 2016 by Virgin Records.

Summary: Wild World was released in 2016 to kick off their Wild, Wild World Tour. Bastille is an upbeat band with lyrics that are mostly relationships and daily struggles. This particular album has an ambiguous subject for its songs. Many songs direct to the anger and disappointment of today’s political climate. With such polarizing elections and voting decisions being made around the world, Bastille has become the voice of many with this new album.  

Critical Evaluation: Wild World is a beautiful album, put together with countless science fiction, literature, and other pop culture references. This album shows how so many of these subjects can shape how we see our world today. With a mixture of piano, drums, and acoustics, Bastille takes their fans on the ultimate ride of today’s political climate.  

Readers Annotation: Wild World is a music cd by the band Bastille. It is the second complete album that covers the major political struggles and emotional distress of the world.

Author’s Information: Bastille debuted in July 2010 with their limited edition 7″ single that featured the two tracks “Flaws” and “Icarus”. Released through London-based independent record label Young & Lost Club, only 300 copies were pressed. One of those copies found its way into the hands of Alex Baker, presenter of the unsigned/independent artists radio show on Kerrang! Radio. Baker immediately started heavily supporting Bastille on air, and the band began to find an audience. This was followed by the self-release of the EP Laura Palmer later in 2011. After debuting further tracks online through sites such as YouTube and MySpace, the band’s audience started to grow. In December 2011 Smith signed a contract with Virgin Records. The group subsequently secured a few support slots, most notably Year of the Fox, and later performed at major UK festivals including Glastonbury, the Isle of Wight, Redfest Reading and Leeds Festival and Blissfields. The band also recorded and released a two part mix-tape titled Other People’s Heartache for free (Bastille).

Genre: Indiepop and Electricpop

Curriculum Ties: (Florida State Curriculum Standards): N/A

Book Talk Ideas: N/A

Reading Level/ Age Interest: Grades 9-12 and Ages 15-18

Challenge Issues: Language

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Selection Policy

The System will select and maintain a comprehensive collection of print, non-print, audio visual and electronically accessed materials to meet the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the citizens of Sarasota County. The System will strive to offer wide ranging collections that meet the various ages, interests, educational levels, and cultural backgrounds of all members of the community and will provide collections through which an individual may explore all points of view and issues of interest. In making selections, the library staff will do so based upon principle rather than personal opinion, reason rather than prejudice, and judgment rather than censorship. Furthermore, staff will be responsive to public demand for materials of contemporary significance and interest, while balancing this with the need to collect and preserve materials of permanent value. While library staff makes material selections based upon the tenet of one system, one collection, selectors recognize the distinct characteristics and needs of the populace that each library services. Community profiles are used to guide selectors in efforts to develop special collections and to meet the unique patron needs within each library.

The ultimate responsibility for selection materials rests with the General Manager of Libraries and the Management Team, who in turn delegates selection responsibilities to the Collection Development Librarians (Sarasota County Policy).  

Rationale

Wild World is a great example of expressing concern, care, and other emotions about important issues through art, like music. It is something teens can not only relate to, but also look up to as a role model to emulate when trying to find a way to express themselves.

Other recommendations like this album include: Cleopatra by The Lumineers, High Violet by The National, and Ceremonials by Florence and the Machine.

Active Listening Skills

  • Remain calm
  • Listen thoughtfully and carefully to any arguments for the collection
  • Engage in a discussion that considers every concern, even if you do not agree

Awards: N/A

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Reviews

  • Positive Reviews: NME
  • Reviews by Young Adults: N/A

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Why I chose this album: Wild World is the perfect example why all libraries should include music. Bastille is a great role model for self expression and questioning important issues through art.

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He Named Me Malala


Information
: He Named Me Malala is a dvd documentary that came out in 2015 from director Davis Guggenheim. It was based on the autobiography of Malala Yousafzsai, I Am Malala.

Plot Summary: He Named Me Malala is thhe-named-me-malala_1444151780e documentary on how Malala Yousafzsai was raised in Pakistan, during a turbulent time of harsh laws against women and terrorism. When Malala was just a child, all the women of her country were told they were not allowed to go to school or even learn to read. But, as an educator, Malala’s father instilled in her the importance of reading and an education. Malala and several other girls were attacked while riding a bus to school. Malala survived a gunshot to the head. Now has been forbidden to return to her home country, but none of the threats have stopped her as she continues to speak out for girls right to education.

Critical Evaluation: He Named Me Malala is a beautiful documentary that allows viewers to visually see her childhood challenges and dreams. It is easy to see what inspires Malala and her family to continue their fight for their home country and for all girls around the world to get the education they deserve. With a mixture of animation, interviews, and film, He Named Me Malala is a powerful reminder of the devastation other countries go through to just get their basic needs met.

Reader’s Annotation: After being told she could no longer attend school, Malala took a stand against a violent group trying to tear apart her country. After being shot on her school bus, the documentary shows how Malala continues to stand up for girls’ right to an education.

Author’s Information: Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997 in Pakistan. She is a human rights activist who advocates for the rights of women and girls and worldwide access to education. She survived an assassination attempt in 2012 and continued her activism. She is the co-founder of the Malala Fund, an organization to empower girls through education in developing countries. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 (IMDB).

Genre: Nonfiction, Autobiography, Documentary

Curriculum Ties: (Florida State Curriculum Standards): Understanding Key Literary Ideas

Book Talk Ideas:

  • In what other ways has Malala impacted the world besides education for young girls?
  • What important role did both of Malala’s parents play in her life?

Reading Level/ Age Interest: Grades 9-12 and Ages 15-18

Challenge Issues: Violence

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Selection Policy

The System will select and maintain a comprehensive collection of print, non-print, audio visual and electronically accessed materials to meet the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the citizens of Sarasota County. The System will strive to offer wide ranging collections that meet the various ages, interests, educational levels, and cultural backgrounds of all members of the community and will provide collections through which an individual may explore all points of view and issues of interest. In making selections, the library staff will do so based upon principle rather than personal opinion, reason rather than prejudice, and judgment rather than censorship. Furthermore, staff will be responsive to public demand for materials of contemporary significance and interest, while balancing this with the need to collect and preserve materials of permanent value. While library staff makes material selections based upon the tenet of one system, one collection, selectors recognize the distinct characteristics and needs of the populace that each library services. Community profiles are used to guide selectors in efforts to develop special collections and to meet the unique patron needs within each library.

The ultimate responsibility for selection materials rests with the General Manager of Libraries and the Management Team, who in turn delegates selection responsibilities to the Collection Development Librarians (Sarasota County Policy).  

Rationale

This documentary is part of the collection because of its profound look at the way the world sees education for young girls and how Malala is a representative of that change. Education is essential to every child’s growth and this film proves that.

Other recommendations like this material include: Every Last Child (2014), Waiting for Superman (2010), and The Hunting Ground (2015).

Active Listening Skills

  • Remain calm
  • Listen thoughtfully and carefully to any arguments for the collection
  • Engage in a discussion that considers every concern, even if you do not agree

Awards

  • Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (Emmys 2016)
  • Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming Nominee (Emmys 2016)
  • Outstanding Production Design for Variety, Nonfiction, Event or Award Special Nominee (Emmys 2016)

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Why I chose this material: I chose this documentary for its powerful view of education and how it is not to be taken for granted. The film shows what it’s like for girls in Pakistan, who want an education, and how every child around the world deserves one.

Easy A

onesheetInformation: Easy A was a movie released in 2010 by Sony Pictures and director Will Gluck.

Plot Summary: After spending a boring weekend at home, Olive decides to tell her friend a wild and untrue story about how she lost her virginity. After her story is overheard and spread throughout the school, Olive gains a reputation as someone who will just sleep with anyone. Olive doesn’t see the harm in letting a few guys agree that they slept with her, just so they can gain some popularity. But soon, rumors about Olive’s life are out of control and making a real impact on her social life. Olive has to decide if this new life is worth it or if her boring old life is enough.

Critical Evaluation: Easy A is a modern retelling of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It centers around the importance of a reputation and how a damaging a lie can be, even with the best intentions. Easy A is a satire full of comedy and laughs with such a heavy subject.

Reader’s Annotation: After wild rumors about Olive’s life escalade, she has to decide how she is going to get her old life back, or if she even wants it.

Author’s Information: N/A

Genre: Comedy, Young Adult Fiction

Curriculum Ties: (Florida State Curriculum Standards): N/A

Book Talk Ideas: N/A

Reading Level/ Age Interest: Grades 9-12 and Ages 15-18

Challenge Issues: Sexual References, Language, Crude Humor

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Selection Policy

The System will select and maintain a comprehensive collection of print, non-print, audio visual and electronically accessed materials to meet the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the citizens of Sarasota County. The System will strive to offer wide ranging collections that meet the various ages, interests, educational levels, and cultural backgrounds of all members of the community and will provide collections through which an individual may explore all points of view and issues of interest. In making selections, the library staff will do so based upon principle rather than personal opinion, reason rather than prejudice, and judgment rather than censorship. Furthermore, staff will be responsive to public demand for materials of contemporary significance and interest, while balancing this with the need to collect and preserve materials of permanent value. While library staff makes material selections based upon the tenet of one system, one collection, selectors recognize the distinct characteristics and needs of the populace that each library services. Community profiles are used to guide selectors in efforts to develop special collections and to meet the unique patron needs within each library.

The ultimate responsibility for selection materials rests with the General Manager of Libraries and the Management Team, who in turn delegates selection responsibilities to the Collection Development Librarians (Sarasota County Policy).  

Rationale

This is part of the collection because it is a contemporary view of how rumors and lies can impact the lives of teens.

Other recommendations like this include: John Tucker Must Die, She’s the Man, and 17 Again

Active Listening Skills

  • Remain calm
  • Listen thoughtfully and carefully to any arguments for the collection
  • Engage in a discussion that considers every concern, even if you do not agree

Awards: N/A

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Reviews

  • Negative Reviews: N/A

Selection Tools:

Why I chose this movie: I chose this movie because it is a great satire of The Scarlet Letter. It is clever and witty. It has a great message to discourage rumors and lying.

Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots

blurryfaceInformation: Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots is a music cd that was put out in 2015 by Serenity West Recording.

Summary: Blurryface is the fourth album put out by Twenty One Pilots. Their album is a mixture of hip-hop and alternative rock. They are known for their fast paced rhythms and heavy lyrics that speak to the latest generation about the collective fears that they are facing. These fears include, not being well liked, not making enough money to be self-sufficient, and self doubt. Twenty One Pilots

Critical Evaluation: In the last couple of years, Twenty One Pilots has had chart topping hits and sold out tours, thanks to the Blurryface album. The juxtaposition of upbeat music paired with heavy lyrics that speak of the troubles many of this next generation, have brought thousands together to stand behind them to sing their words and share their fear.

Reader’s Annotation: Blurryface is the fourth Twenty One Pilots album that speaks to the fear of the latest generation.

Author’s Information: Twenty One Pilots was formed in 2009 in Columbus, Ohio. Initially an idea from Joseph, he eventually called his high school friends Nick Thomas and Chris Salih to form a band. He came up with the band’s name while studying All My Sons by Arthur Miller, a play about a man who must decide what is best for his family after causing the death of twenty-one pilots during World War II, because he knowingly sent them faulty parts for the good of his business. Joseph explains that this story of moral dilemma was the inspiration for the name of the band. On December 29, 2009, they released their debut, self-titled album and began touring Ohio. Followed by their second album, Regional at Best in 2011, which consisted only of Joseph and Dun.

Twenty One Pilots’ third album, Vessel, was released on January 8, 2013.
The band’s fourth album, Blurryface, was released on May 17, 2015, two days ahead of its intended release date. Joseph and drummer Josh Dun embarked on two international tours in 2015 and 2016, they are known as the Blurryface Tour and Emotional Roadshow World Tour.
On 6 December 2016, Joseph received five Grammy nominations: Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song and Best Song Written for Visual Media. On December 9, 2016, Joseph was declared the “Top Songwriter of 2016” by Billboard (Twenty One Pilots).

Genre: Hip-Hop, Rock, Alternative

Curriculum Ties: (Florida State Curriculum Standards): N/A

Book Talk IdeasN/A

Reading Level/ Age Interest: Grades 9-12 and Ages 15-18

Challenge Issues: Language

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Selection Policy

The System will select and maintain a comprehensive collection of print, non-print, audio visual and electronically accessed materials to meet the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the citizens of Sarasota County. The System will strive to offer wide ranging collections that meet the various ages, interests, educational levels, and cultural backgrounds of all members of the community and will provide collections through which an individual may explore all points of view and issues of interest. In making selections, the library staff will do so based upon principle rather than personal opinion, reason rather than prejudice, and judgment rather than censorship. Furthermore, staff will be responsive to public demand for materials of contemporary significance and interest, while balancing this with the need to collect and preserve materials of permanent value. While library staff makes material selections based upon the tenet of one system, one collection, selectors recognize the distinct characteristics and needs of the populace that each library services. Community profiles are used to guide selectors in efforts to develop special collections and to meet the unique patron needs within each library.

The ultimate responsibility for selection materials rests with the General Manager of Libraries and the Management Team, who in turn delegates selection responsibilities to the Collection Development Librarians (Sarasota County Policy).  

Rationale

This album was made to speak to those at the end of their high school career or just getting out of it. The lyrics specifically speak about their worries and fears. The songs have brought together thousands to sing along and form a community of people who understand one another.  

Other recommendations like this album include: This Is War by Thirty Seconds to Mars, Death of a Bachelor by Panic! At the Disco, and American Beauty/American Psycho by Fall Out Boy.

Active Listening Skills

  • Remain calm
  • Listen thoughtfully and carefully to any arguments for the collection
  • Engage in a discussion that considers every concern, even if you do not agree

Awards

  • Billboard Music Award for Top Rock Album (2015)

Reconsideration Form

Reviews

  • Reviews by Young Adults: N/A

Selection Tools:

Why I chose this album: I chose this album because of its inventive way of expressing sad and difficult emotions. It speaks the pain of a generation under economic and political stress.