2014 Teen Video Challenge Winner – New York State and CSLP
Ryan walks into the library, surveys the bookshelves and chooses The Outsiders. He is quickly pulled into the book and finds himself in an action-packed fistfight. James, another boy, opens a copy of The Giver. He is plunged into a monochrome world, playing catch with Ryan when suddenly his apple turns bright red. Another friend, Bryan, is immersed in the book, I Am Number Four. He is swept up into the story, running then jumping into the sky above with his newly acquired superpowers. The three friends then leave the library, each taking a part of their story along with them.
The first teen is reading a Rolling Stones Magazine and he turns into a rock star. The second teen is reading about vikings and she turns into a viking. The third teen is holding a “how to book” and he turns into an inventor. The fourth teen is reading Breaking Dawn and turns into a vampire. The fifth teen is reading a pirate book and she turns into a pirate. A sparkler is dubbed in after each turn of the teen. Finally, the older gentleman is reading a book about being young. He crawls in the box. The next scene is a toddler crawling out the other end of the box. The final scene shows the teens looking docile until they jump up with excitement and yell Spark a Reaction.
Every day millions of books go unread as the scene opens on a book with a sad face alone in a bin. In the next scene the book is alone once again with a look of despair on a shelf collecting dust. The scene fades to black and the caption reads, ” How can we save these desperate books?” The music begins to swell and the word “Read” ignites in flames as the caption “Spark a Reaction Today @ Your Local Library” appears. What follows is a teen checking a library book out and leaving with a very happy book. As it goes to show, that the perfect book is out there waiting for you!