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At the Library

By Jenisa Hanson, Library Assistant | Dec 24, 2012

The trend right now seems to be to turn a popular book into a must-see movie, like “The Hunger Games,” the “Twilight” series, “Harry Potter” and many more. Here are four books that are a must-read before you see them on the big screen!

“Life of Pi” is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The main character is Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry. He explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

“Les Miserables” is a French historical fiction by Victor Hugo. First published in 1862, it is widely considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a burly French peasant of abnormal strength and violent nature, and his quest for redemption after serving 20 years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for starving relatives. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his new life after a kindly bishop inspires him, but is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters he becomes entangled with get swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade. This book has been made into a Broadway play and now you can see this musical on the big screen.

“The Hobbit” is a fantasy novel and children's book by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published September 1937. "The Hobbit" follows the quest of home-loving hobbit Bilbo Baggins to win a share of the treasure guarded by the dragon, Smaug. Bilbo's journey takes him from light-hearted, rural surroundings into more sinister territory. Most chapters introduce a specific creature, or type of creature, created by Tolkien. Bilbo gains a new level of maturity and wisdom during his adventure. You won’t want to miss the adventures and mischief Bilbo and the group of dwarfs encountered on their adventure to find the treasure they seek.

“Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a coming-of-age novel written by American novelist Stephen Chbosky. It was published on Feb. 1, 1999, by MTV. This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know who he is writing to. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory.

Now, the question is, are you going to read it before you see it?! Start your adventure early by checking out one of these great books from the Washington Public Library.

 

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