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Summer Learning Track: Books to Film

Summertime is a great time to see your favorite book made into film. Have fun and checkout these titles while earning credit with our Summer Learning Challenge. Here's a sample.

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Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
Lisa G. Says: New York Times bestselling author has you on the edge of your seat with this gripping tale of a marriage gone horribly wrong.
Amazon Says: Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense write more...
Amazon Says: Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn. On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?   With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around. less...
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Lisa G. Says: Central character Milo Goodman recounts his life alone in the west.
Amazon Says: Jarbridge, Nevada, hosted the last big gold rush in the continental United States. Milo Goodman was there to witness it. He was seventeen at the time. Milo is of the impressio more...
Amazon Says: Jarbridge, Nevada, hosted the last big gold rush in the continental United States. Milo Goodman was there to witness it. He was seventeen at the time. Milo is of the impression that it should be easy to find the fabulously rich Lost Sheepherder's Mine. He isn't discouraged that he has never prospected for any kind of mineral and might not know what gold looks like if he does find it. The first person he meets in Jarbridge is Dave Bourne. Somehow Milo ends up owning Bourne's saloon business so that Bourne can leave town before he is lynched. God's Pocket is a magnificent story, filled with many unforgettable characters, based on a town that actually once existed, told as only Ken Hodgson can tell it, with style, humor, romance, and drama. Ken Hodgson was born in the shadow of Pike's Peak in 1945. He and his wife live in San Angelo, Texas. less...
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Lisa G. Says: The story of Eugene Allen, an African-American butler who served over eight presidents in the White House. This is the story of Allen and the 2008 election of Obama as president.
Amazon Says: The Story That Inspired the Major Motion Picture...Read by its Stars David Oyelowo, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood more...
Amazon Says: The Story That Inspired the Major Motion Picture...Read by its Stars David Oyelowo, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Forest Whitaker narrates the story of this remarkable man who, while serving tea and supervising buffets, was also a witness to history as decisions about America's most momentous events were being made. With a foreword by the Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels, The Butler also includes Wil Haygood's essay exploring the history of black images on celluloid and in Hollywood, read here by David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey. less...
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Addicted by Zane
Lisa G. Says: One woman's addiction to sex lands her right in the middle of a whole lotta drama.
Amazon Says: [WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT] A woman's sexual obsession will be her downfall--or her liberation. For successful African American businesswoman Zoe Reynard, finding t more...
Amazon Says: [WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT] A woman's sexual obsession will be her downfall--or her liberation. For successful African American businesswoman Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction--to sex. Finding a compassionate woman therapist to help her, Zoe finally summons the courage to tell her torrid story, a tale of guilt and desire as shocking as it is compelling. From the sensitive artist with whom she spends stolen hours on rumpled sheets to the rough and violent man who draws her toward destruction, Zoe is a woman desperately searching for fulfillment--and something darker, deeper, and perhaps deadly. As her life spins out of control and her sexual escapades carry her toward a dangerous choice, Zoe is racing against time to uncover the source of her ''fatal attraction.'' Chilling secrets tumble forth from the recesses of a woman's mind, and perilous temptations lead toward a climax that can threaten her sanity, her marriage--and her life. [Produced by Buck 50 Productions, LLC] less...
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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Lisa G. Says: The tale of an apocalyptic Earth where you can trust no one.
Amazon Says: "Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances."—Entertainment Weekly (Grade A) The Passage meets Ender's Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Ric more...
Amazon Says: "Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances."—Entertainment Weekly (Grade A) The Passage meets Ender's Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey. After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. "Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."—Justin Cronin, The New York Times Book Review "A modern sci-fi masterpiece . . . should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires."—USAToday.com less...
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