The books

Books that have already been made into movies...

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Imagine being allergic to the world. Confined to the safety of her home, Maddy's whole life consists of white walls, online tutors, her mother, and her nurse. That is, until Olly moves in next door and Maddy must decide whether the life she is living is really life at all.

(Genre: Realistic Fiction)

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October Sky by Homer Hickam

Telling the true story of a young man with big dreams, this book is the inspiring account of Homer Hickam. As a boy, Homer grew up thinking he would end up working in the coal mines of West Virginia, but his enthusiasm for science and developing rockets ended up leading him to a career at NASA.

(Genre: Nonfiction, Biography)

OverDrive ebook, audiobook, & Spanish ebook (Originally published as Rocket Boys)

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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Did you know that "computers" used to be people with extraordinary mathematical skills? And did you know that some of these amazing minds belonged to people who until recently remained "hidden" by history. This selection tells the true story of three African-American women who were an integral part of the space race.

(Genre: Nonfiction)

OverDrive ebook & audiobook

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

This classic story has recently been reimagined as a Disney movie with a number of highly recognizable stars in it! Step into this fantastic adventure as Meg Murry searches for her father - a scientist who has gone missing into the fifth dimension he discovered. Can Meg, along with her friend Calvin and little brother Charles Wallace, find her father and make it back home?

(Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy)

OverDrive ebook & audiobook

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Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

In this memoir, author Susanna Kaysen recounts her time spent in a psychiatric facility for teenage girls during the late 1960s. Kaysen's narrative includes memorable characters and details a system that locks these "broken" girls away but does little to help them recover from the inner struggles they face.

(Genre: Nonfiction, Biography)

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Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge by Booton Herndon

Desmond T. Doss was a conscientious objector to World War II, meaning he did not believe in harming or killing others for the purpose of warfare. However, Desmond knew he needed to serve his country in any way he could. This story tells how a man who would not pick up a weapon against the enemy defied the odds and went on to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

(Genre: Nonfiction, Biography)

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Books that are being made into movies...

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is the sole witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by police officers. Starr must tell her truth while also protecting her family from the resulting violence in her neighborhood. This gripping and timely story has made headlines in recent months as it addresses the very controversial topics of racism, use of police force, and social profiling.

(Genre: Realistic Fiction)

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Interview with the author

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Mare Barrow has always lived her life as a commoner - a red-blooded servant to the silver-blooded elites, each of whom possess a special power. Until one day, in spectacular fashion, Mare discovers her own power. Forced into a lie as a "lost silver princess," she must learn to live in a world she does not understand and one that can never love her for her true self.

(Genre: Fantasy)

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Books we think should be made into movies...

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The title of this book says a lot, but it isn't really the secrets of the universe that Ari, an angry teenager with a brother in prison, and Dante, a loner who feels like he knows everything, learn together. Instead, after meeting one day at the swimming pool, these two characters strike up a friendship that leads them to further understanding of themselves, their hopes, and their happiness.

(Genre: Realistic Fiction, LGBTQ)

OverDrive ebook & audiobook

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

This suspenseful tale is hard to describe as it crosses boundaries of genres and interest. Cady Sinclair is part of a wealthy family with high expectations of blondness and perfection. She was in a mysterious and traumatic accident at age fifteen that has left her with migraines and memory loss. Upon returning to her family's private island home in Massachusetts, Cady struggles to remember what happened and begins to uncover a story she could not have anticipated.

(Genre: YA Fiction, Suspense)

OverDrive ebook & audiobook

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Book Review

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

A contemporary tale of one immigrant's experience, this novel tells the story of Kimberly Chang, a teenager who moved with her mother from Hong Kong to Brooklyn, NY as a child. The author draws upon her own personal experience as a young immigrant to the United States, detailing a sort of "double life" where she must be both Chinese and American and where she must work in a sweatshop at night while attending an elite high school during the day.

(Genre: Realistic Fiction)

OverDrive ebook & audiobook

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Interview with the author

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

This powerful memoir recounts the experience of a young Ishmael Beah - who, at age twelve was orphaned and found himself recruited as a boy soldier in Sierra Leone's civil war. The ability for a child who began as "normal" and even gentle by nature to become a killing machine for the government army is told in familiar and startling terms and Beah's eventual escape from this life of violence contains an uplifting message of reclaiming oneself from tragedy of circumstance.

(Genre: Nonfiction, Biography)

OverDrive ebook & audiobook

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Interview with the author

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo draws upon her reporting experience to illuminate the abysmal conditions endured in a slum city in Mumbai, India. Boo juxtaposes this "have-not" society with that of the "haves" beautifully, noting how the two can coexist as neighbors and yet be worlds apart in experience. This highly readable work of narrative nonfiction won the National Book Award in 2012.

(Genre: Nonfiction)

OverDrive ebook & audiobook

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Interview with the author

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

This is a unique book with a flavor of many different genres rolled into one! In an alternate reality in which time travel and cloning are common and people are obsessed with literature, Thursday Next is a "literary detective" on a quest to save a kidnapped Jane Eyre and return her to the novel in which she belongs! In this book, Jasper Fforde creates a rich world of fantasy and humor unlike any other.

(Genre: Fantasy, Mystery)

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Book Review

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg

A book about fish should be a movie? What!? Yup, you heard it here - Paul Greenberg's account of the four types of fish most commonly eaten by people and how they will soon be fished out of existence in the wild if we do not change our fishing practices is both informative and enlightening. It is a subject that is so important to us and to future generations, but one that is often overlooked. If you are interested in environmental issues, this is a great choice for you!

(Genre: Nonfiction)

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TED Talk by the author

Basketball Junkie by Chris Herren and Bill Reynolds

Chris Herren visited BHS in May 2018 to tell his story of sports success and substance abuse. Herren has now dedicated his life to preventing and combating drug abuse in young people through the Herren Project and the associated Project Purple movement. Basketball Junkie is the true story of Herren's journey to the NBA, descent into drug addiction, return to sobriety, and inspiration to help others.

OverDrive ebook & audiobook

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The Herren Project

TEDx Talk: "The Game Has Changed"