We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I read the book when it won the Newberry Prize. Hated it. I still have it, so when the movie was announced, I read it again. Still hated it. Won't see the movie.
I found the story overly contrived, a way-too-obvious lesson, but apparently that's just me.
The Elephant's Child
Since I read the book, I cannot help but watch it. Even if it is a bad version, I will feel compelled to see it. Disappointed they used older teens rather than stick with the ages of the kids in the books, but maybe they were worried child actors wouldn't be able to pull it off (if so, see last year's "Ender's Game" for a good example of great child actors that CAN pull it off).
Still one of my favorite young adult books. So well done. Lois Lowry blew me away with her writing and skill. Read the book if you haven't. Well worth it.
I could be way off base - after all that trailer is all I know about the story - but I'm VERY surprised that Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep are in that movie. Lefties spend their lives getting the giverment to take care of everybody (but not them, because they can take care of themselves - it's those other people who need their help).