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Books made into movies


  Adams, Douglas   
C. 1980       
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Chronicles the off-beat and occasionally extraterrestrial journeys, notions, and acquaintances of galactic traveler Arthur Dent

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
  Ahern, Cecelia   
C. 2004          
P.S. I Love You
Holly has always depended on her husband's practical advice to keep her going and despairs when she loses him to brain cancer, until a package arrives filled with advice for carrying on with life.

P.S. I Love You (2007)
  Anson, Jay   
C. 1977               
Amityville Horror
Provides a chilling account account of the four weeks of terror experienced by an Amityville, Long Island, family after moving into a house in which a particularly gruesome mass murder had once been committed.
Amityville Horror (2005)
  Auburn, David   
C. 2001          

A tale of an enigmatic young woman, a manipulative sister, their brilliant father, an unexpected suitor, one life-altering question, and the search for the truth behind a mysterious mathematical proof.
Proof (2005)
  Austen, Jane 
C. 1991              
Pride and Prejudice
In late eighteenth-century England, a spirited young woman copes with the suit of a snobbish gentleman as well as the romantic entanglements of three of her four sisters.
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
  Barrett, Judi    
C. 1978             
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
  Boyne, John   
C. 2006           
Boy in the Striped Pajamas      
Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.
Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
  Bradley, James
C. 2001
Flags of Our Fathers
The life stories of the five Marines and one Naval officer that were forever immortalized as a symbol of WWII by raising the American flag at the battle of Iwo Jima.
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
  Brashares, Ann    
C. 2001     
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Four best girlfriends spend the biggest summer of their lives enchanted by a magical pair of pants.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
  Brown, Dan  
C. 2000              
Angels & Demons
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon discovers evidence of the resurgence of the most powerful underground organization in history, the Illuminati.
Angels & Demons (2009)
  Brown, Dan    
C. 2003            
Da Vinci Code
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon  works to solve the murder of an elderly curator of the Louvre, a case which leads to clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci and a centuries-old secret society.
Da Vinci Code (2006)
  Buckley, Christopher   
C. 1994
Thank You for Smoking
Nick Naylor, a spokesman for the tobacco industry, considers it a privilege to defend the rights of smokers from the neo-puritans, but no one admires him for his idealism.
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
  Burroughs, Augusten    
C. 2002
Running with Scissors
A true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead-ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain
Running with Scissors (2007)
  Carroll, Lewis   
C. 2000           

in Wonderland
A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.
in Wonderland (2010)
  Cleary, Beverly    
C. 1955        
Beezus and Ramona
Beezus' biggest problem is her 4-year-old sister Ramona. Even though Beezus knows sisters are supposed to love each other, with a sister like Ramona, it seems impossible.
Ramona and Beezus (2010)
  Cook, Claire   
C. 2002           
Must Love Dogs
Anticipating her first date in more than a decade, divorced preschool teacher Sarah Hurlihy wonders about the man whose personal ad she responded to and is stunned when he is the last person she expected.
Must Love Dogs (2005)


  Cooper, Susan  
C. 1973          
Dark is Rising  
On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.
The Seeker
  Cowell, Cressida     
C. 2004    
How to Train Your Dragon
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
  Crais, Robert    
C. 2001           
Former LAPD hostage negotiator Jeff Talley's peaceful life is overturned when three young men, fleeing a robbery, invade a local home and take a family hostage.
Hostage (2005)
  Crile, George    
C. 2003          
Charlie Wilson’s War  
A one-time freelance contractor for the Mob, Joe Service is hired by a cadre of rogue government agents to find a missing operative known as Franko.
Charlie Wilson’s War (2008)
  Dahl, Roald  
C. 1964              
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
  DiCamillo, Kate     
C. 2000      
Because of Winn-Dixie
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
Because of Winn-
Dixie (2005)
  Dickens, Charles       
C. 1978  
Adventures of Oliver Twist
The story of a boy who runs away from an orphanage in England and becomes involved with a gang of thieves.
Oliver Twist (2005)
  DiTerlizzi, Tony       
C. 2003 
The Spiderwick Chronicles
When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.
The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
  Duncan, Lois      
C. 1971        
Hotel for Dogs 
Liz and her brother wind up with nine stray dogs that need homes but must be kept a secret.
Hotel for Dogs (2009)
  Ellroy, James    
C. 1987          
Black Dahlia
The murder of a beautiful young woman in 1947 Los Angeles sparks a great investigation.
Black Dahlia (2006)
  Fante, John         
C. 1980         
Ask the Dust
A young Italian would-be writer comes to Depression-era Los Angeles to make a name for himself.
Ask the Dust (2006)
  Fitzgerald, Scott       
C. 2008   
Curious Case of Benjamin Button
A graphic tale featuring a protagonist who ages backwards after being born an old man is a visual interpretation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald story.
Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2006)
  Foden, Giles    
C. 1998         
Last King of Scotland  
Personal physician to Idi Amin, Scottish civil servant Nicholas Garrigan is drawn despite himself to the brutal dictator, until a plot against Amin awakens him to the unspeakable horror and cruelty of the regime.
Last King of
Scotland (2006)
  Friedman, Lise 
C. 2006
Letters to Juliet
Looks at one of Shakespeare's most beloved characters and tells the story of the volunteers who have been answering the thousands of letters  addressed to Juliet since the 1930s.
Letters to Juliet (2010)
  Funke, Cornelia    
C. 2003      

Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father Mo, a bookbinder, can "read" fictional characters to life.
Inkheart (2009)
  Gardner, Chris             
C. 2006
Pursuit of Happyness
A successful entrepreneur traces his journey from growing up with an abusive stepfather, to his triumphant battle to the top as a self-made millionaire.
Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
  Gibbons, Dave     
C. 1986      
Exceptional graphic artwork brings to life the story of the Watchmen as they race against time to find a killer, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
Watchmen (2009)
  Gilbert, Elizabeth         
C. 2006
Eat, Pray, Love
Traces the author's decision to quit her job and travel the world for a year after suffering a midlife crisis and divorce.
Eat, Pray, Love (2010)
  Golden, Arthur
C. 1998
Memoirs of a Geisha
A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
  Gordon, Zachary    
C. 2007     
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Greg records his sixth grade experiences where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
  Gruwell, Erin       
C. 1999       
Freedom Writers Diary
A true account of a teacher who confronted a room of "at-risk" students details their life-changing journey and includes diary excerpts.
Freedom Writers (2007)
  Harris, Thomas
C. 2006

Relates the early life of cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in Eastern Europe, from the ages of six to twenty, following the loss of his entire family during World War II.
Rising (2007)
  Heller, Zoe   
C. 2003              
What Was She Thinking?
When her new friend and co-worker, Sheba Hart, begins a passionate affair with a male student, schoolteacher Barbara Covett decides to defend Sheba and unknowingly reveals secrets they both hide.
Notes on a Scandal (2006)
  Hiaasen, Carl     
C. 2002         
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.
Hoot (2006)
  Hoffman, Alice
C. 2001
A love-struck mermaid named Aquamarine supplies adventure and insights to two twelve-year-old girls, life-long friends who are spending their last summer together before one of them moves away.
Aquamarine (2006)
  Hosseini, Khaled       
C. 2003 
The Kite Runner
Traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan youth and a servant's son, in a tale that spans the final days of Afghanistan's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.
The Kite Runner (2007)
  James, P.D.    
C. 1993             
Children of Men
In 2021, with the human race becoming extinct because of the infertility of all males, Oxford historian Theodore Faron is drawn into the schemes of an unlikely group of revolutionaries out to save society.
Children of Men (2006)
  Kinsella, Sophie  
C. 2001        
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Rebecca Bloomwood seeks solace from the boredom and pressures in life with her shopping, a solution that brings her close to financial disaster, until she encounters a story that will change her life.
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
  Klause, Annette Curtis 
C. 1997
Blood and Chocolate
Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.
Blood and Chocolate (2007)
  Lahiri, Jhumpa 
C. 2003
The Namesake
A portrait of the immigrant experience follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in India through their arrival in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and their difficult melding into an American way of life.
The Namesake (2006)
  Le Carre, John 
C. 2001           
Constant Gardener
When the young and beautiful wife of a much older embassy worker and amateur gardener is found murdered  his personal pursuit of the killers not only sets him up as their next target, but as a suspect.
Constant Gardener (2005)
  Lehane, Dennis
C. 2003
U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner, Chuck Aule, come to Shutter Island's Ashcliffe Hospital in search of an escaped mental patient.
  Levy, Marc             
C. 2000    
If Only it Were True
A young architect in San Francisco awakens one day to find a woman in his closet--a woman with the ability to appear and disappear at will, who claims that her body lies in a coma in a hospital across town.
Just Like Heaven (2005)
  Lewis, C.S.        
C. 1950       
Chronicles of Narnia
Aslan, the noble lion, and the royal leaders of Narnia struggle against the magical forces of evil.
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
  Lewis, C.S.         
C. 1951       
Prince Caspian: The Return of Narnia
Sequel to The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe.
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
  Ludlum, Robert    
C. 1990       
Bourne Ultimatum
David Webb must once again assume the identity of assassin Jason Bourne as he matches wits with his mortal enemy, Carlos.
Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
  McCarthy, Cormac    
C. 2006
The Road
A father and his young son make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape, struggling to survive and preserve the last remnants of their own humanity.
The Road (2009)
  Meyer, Stephenie    
C. 2008   
New Moon
When her beloved Edward and his family leave Forks rather than risk revealing that they are vampires, it is almost too much for Bella to bear.
New Moon (2009)
  Miller, Frank      
C. 1999         
300 is a story of war and defiance as only Frank Miller can tell.
300 (2007)
  Moore, Alan       
C. 1989        
V for Vendetta
In a near-future Britain ruled by a totalitarian regime, Evey is rescued from certain death by a masked vigilante calling himself "V."
V for Vendetta (2006)
  Niffenegger, Audrey   
C. 2003  
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Caught in an impossible-to-resolve situation that spans the boundaries of temporal reality, this tale of a plucky librarian who is accidentally cast back in time focuses on the romantic complications of time travel.
The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)
  O’Hara, Mary            
C. 2003
My Friend Flicka
Young Ken finally wins his father's approval as he faces the difficulties and challenges of raising a filly.
Flicka (2006)
  Paolini, Christopher  
C. 2003   

In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.
Eragon (2006)
  Patterson, Katherine  
C. 1977  
Bridge to Terabithia
Jess Aarons gains the strength to cope with unexpected tragedy by going to a secret kingdom in the woods invented by Leslie Burke, a newcomer to his rural Virginia community.
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
  Piccoult, Jodi    
C. 2004           
My Sister’s Keeper
Conceived to provide a bone marrow match for her leukemia-stricken sister, Kate begins to question her moral obligations.
My Sister’s Keeper (2009)
  Powell, Julie         
C. 2009       
Julie & Julia
Trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, Julie Powell resolved to reclaim her life by cooking, in a single year, every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child's 1961 classic, Mastering the art of French cooking.
Julie and Julia (2009)
  Pullman, Philip 
C. 1996
The Golden Compass

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments.
The Golden Compass (2007)
  Rockwell, Thomas       
C. 1973
How to Eat Fried Worms
Two boys set out to prove that worms can make a delicious meal.
How to Eat Fried
Worms (2006)
  Rowling, J.K.   
C. 2000           
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire  
The fourth title in the continuing saga includes Harry's latest adventure at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.    
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  Rowling, J.K.     
C. 2005          
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in an atmosphere of uncertainty.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
  Rowling, J.K.  
C. 2003
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
As Harry faces his fifth year at Hogwarts Academy, there are increasing rumors of dark times coming.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  (2007)
C. 2009   
A self-portrait of a black teenage girl, big, fat, unloved, with a father who rapes her and a jealous mother who screams abuse.
Precious (2009)
  Sebold, Alice       
C. 2002         
The Lovely Bones
The spirit of fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon describes her murder and her witness to her family's grief, efforts to find the killer, and attempts to come to terms with what has happened.
The Lovely Bones (2009)
  Sendak, Maurice         
C. 1963
Where the Wild Things Are
Max sails to the land of the wild things, where he becomes their king.
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
  Dr. Seuss               
C. 1954      
Horton Hears a Who!
A city of Whos on a speck of dust are threatened with destruction until the smallest Who of all helps convince Horton's friends that Whos really exist.
Horton Hears a Who!
  Shakespeare, William  
C. 1958
Twelfth Night  
Comic tale of identical twins, girls disguised as boys, practical joking, and love at first sight, set in the fictional country of Illyria.
She’s the Man (2006)
  Sparks, Nicholas  
C. 2006       
Dear John
A rebel who dropped out of school to enlist in the Army, John meets Savannah, discovering a mutual love that is threatened by the events 9/11, John's decision to re-enlist, and Savannah's marriage to another man.
Dear John (2010)
  Sparks, Nicholas   
C. 2009       
The Last Song
Her teenage life turned upside-down by her parents' divorce and her father's relocation out of state, Ronnie Miller remains bitter three years later when her mother urges her to spend a summer with her father.
The Last Song (2010)
  Spragg, Mark    
C. 2004          
An Unfinished Life
Hoping to introduce her daughter to the grandfather she has never met, widow Jean Gilkyson seeks refuge in her late husband's Wyoming hometown with her estranged father-in-law.
An Unfinished Life (2005)
  Suskind, Patrick      
C. 1986    
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
An odorless baby orphaned in a Paris gutter in 1738 grows to become a monster obsessed with his perfect sense of smell, and a desire to capture, by any means, the ultimate scent which will make him human.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
  Swofford, Anthony     
C. 2003

Jarhead: a Marine’s Chronicle of theGulf War and other Battles

A memoir of the Gulf War by a front-line infantry marine recounts his struggles with the conflict on the front lines.
Jarhead (2005)
  Van Allsburg, Chris   
C. 2002 

Zathura: A Space Adventure
Left on their own for an evening, two boisterous brothers find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical space adventure board game.
Zathura (2005)
  Weiner, Jennifer     
C. 2003      
In Her Shoes
Maggie Feller and her older sister Rose, a lawyer, have had no contact with their grandmother, Ella, since their mother's death years ago, but all three need to find each other to reach happiness.
In Her Shoes (2005)
  Weisberger, Lauren     
C. 2003
Devil Wears Prada
A small-town girl fresh out of an Ivy League college lands a job at a prestigious fashion magazine, but wonders if the glamorous perks are worth working for the editor from hell.
Devil Wears Prada (2006)
  Wells, H.G.  
C. 1987               
War of the Worlds
With advanced machines of destructions, aliens from another planet swoop down on planet Earth and begin their conquest.
War of the Worlds (2005)
  White, E.B.    
C. 1980            
Charlotte’s Web
Fern raises the little runt pig, Wilbur, only to have her father give him away.
’s Web (2006)
  Wilde, Oscar     
C. 1993         
Picture of Dorian Gray
Ahandsome young Londoner who sinks into a life of depravity. His body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recent portrait reflects the ravages of his crime and sensuality.
Dorian Gray (2006)
  Winslow, Don
C. 1997             
Death and Life of Bobby Z
After killing a Hell's Angel, Tim Kearney finds himself offered a choice by the DEA, life without parole or impersonating dope smuggler Bobby Z.
Death and Life of Bobby Z (2007)
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