New and classic tales of young people with a courageous spirit
Isle of Dogs
Wes Anderson returns to animation with a futuristic tale of a canine flu epidemic that leads the mayor of a Japanese city to banish all dogs to an island that’s a garbage dump. The outcasts must soon embark on an epic journey when a 12-year-old boy arrives on the island to find his beloved pet.
Limited release March 23.
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World
By Susan Hood
Fresh, accessible and inspiring, this new children’s book introduces 14 revolutionary young women—each paired with a noteworthy female artist—to the next generation of activists, trailblazers and rabble-rousers. From the award-winning author of Ada’s Violin, this is a poetic and visual celebration of persistent women throughout history.
The Hazel Wood: A Novel
By Melissa Albert
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone at her estate—the Hazel Wood—Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland—the cruel, supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
This three-part miniseries (co-produced by the BBC and airing as part of Masterpiece) is a new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel set during the Civil War. Emily Watson, Angela Lansbury, Dylan Baker, Kathryn Newton and Willa Fitzgerald star.
Premieres May 13 on PBS.
A bold big-wave surfer with a knack for shaping, storytelling and swearing, Greg Noll is a surfing icon. During the late ‘50s and the 1960s, he was on the forefront of the growing big-wave movement. He’s credited with being the first to ride the massive walls of water at Waimea Bay in 1957 and a 35-foot wave at Makaha in 1969—which, at the time, was considered to be the largest ever ridden. Also a businessman, his Hermosa Beach-based Greg Noll Surfboards was one of the top surfboard shapers and manufacturers during the mid-20th century. Greg serves as a living reminder of the South Bay’s surfing pedigree—a region that was, at one point, the focal point of surfing culture for the entire world. And Greg was right in the thick of it.