Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

EclipsecoverTitle: Eclipse

Author: Stephenie Meyer

ISBN: 978-8876250361

Publication Date: 2007

Genre: Fantasy

Reading Level/Interest Age: 15 and up

Plot: Eclipse is the third book of the Twilight Saga. In this segment of the series, a number of mysterious deaths have been occurring in Seattle, Washington, which worries the Cullen family because it may be the cause of a rogue vampire. While Edward and his family try to solve the cause of these murders, Victoria is seeking revenge on Bella and the Cullen family for the death of her boyfriend. On a lighter note, Isabella Swan and her vampire boyfriend Edward Cullen are reunited once again, but this does not sit too well with Jacob Black.

Critical Evaluation: The storyline of this portion of the series is much more eventful compared to the first book, Twilight. Meyer is able to create much added conflict between Jacob and Edward and was also able to build their emotional characters with their each individual love for Bella. This creates more tension when both teams (the vampires and the werewolves) must join forces to fight against Victoria and her army of newborn vampires. Eventually, both Jacob and Edward’s characters realize how important they are to Bella, that they must find a way to work together in order to protect her.

Reader’s Annotation: The Cullen family and the La Push reservation residents are worried about the growing number of unsolved deaths. Can both parties work together to solve the mystery and stop its evil plans?

Author: Based on Meyer’s biography page on her official website, she graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in English. In 2005, after sending her manuscript to various different publishers, Writer’s House finally snagged her manuscript and Twilight was published. The book was wildly popular making it to #5 on The New York Times bestseller list. Eventually, the sequel to Twilight, New Moon, was published in 2006. Then Meyer published the next book, Eclipse, of the Twilight Saga in 2007. In May of 2008, Little, Brown and Company published her adult novel called The Host and then in August of that same year the final book of the Twilight Saga was published. Director Catherine Hardwicke signed on to direct a movie based on Twilight and grossed at $70 million on the opening weekend.

Curriculum Ties:

  • Teamwork

Booktalking Ideas:

  • ·         Would you be able to set aside your differences with your enemy in order to stop something bad from happening?

Challenging Issues:

  • Religious viewpoints
  • Sexual content
  • Violence

Defensive Maneuvers:

  • I would be sure to study and memorize the library’s collection policy.
  • The Library Bill of Rights must also be brought to the challenger’s attention stating that the library is an information institution that provides both information and ideas.
  • Have both good and bad reviews (from respected sources) about the book at hand.
  • Remember to mention the awards and honors that the item has received.
  • Be sure to listen to the person who is challenging the book and do not interrupt them while they are speaking. Try to understand where the patron is coming from when he or she states their concerns about the material.
  • When you respond to the challenger, have a calm and respectable tone informing them that the library must do all that it can to provide intellectual freedom to its patrons, young and old.

Why This Book? Eclipse is a very entertaining book for teens, which can keep them captivated throughout the novel. This book would be important to have in a collection for those who are fans of the first two books in the Twilight saga.

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