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The Giver
 

The Giver

(Winner of the 1993 Newberry Medal) In this first book of the Giver Quartet—the inspiration for the major motion picture featuring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep—young Jonas is happy in the perfectly ordered Community, a place without war or fear but also without passion. Matched couples have exactly two children who, at the age of 12, are given drugs to calm their adolescent desires and are sent into careers by the Council of Elders. Citizens who are too old or incapable of serving the ...... read more

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It seems like most of us have a gripe about the movie adaptations of our favorite books. But honestly, even when every word of the original is faithfully enacted, film and print remain very different experiences; something that reads beautifully might make no sense on-screen, while movies can give us the kind of action, detail, atmosphere, or spectacle that most writers can only suggest. And some adaptations give their sources a second life, inspiring viewers to seek out a book or author they may have overlooked.
 
At Daedalus we embrace both print and film for their respective powers and delights, and with these books-that-became-movies we encourage film fans to "go to the source" and see what the moviemakers left out.

 

  The Maze Runner (Book 1)  

The Maze Runner (Book 1)

The author of such popular young adult science fiction series as the Jimmy Fincher Saga and the 13th Reality, James Dashner here takes us to the mysterious world of the Maze Runner—the inspiration for the upcoming motion picture starring Dylan O'Brien and Kaya Scodelario—where survival may depend upon what you can't remember. When he wakes up in a metal elevator, all Thomas knows is his name. The lift deposits him on the Glade, where he's surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also ...... read more

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The Fault in Our Stars  

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green.

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In his fourth young adult novel (following the Printz Award winner Looking for Alaska, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist An Abundance of Katherines, and the Edgar Award ... ... read more

 
The Hunger Games  

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins.

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(A New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2008; a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; and a Booklist Editors' Choice, Books for Youth) Suzanne Collins' first entry ... ... read more

 
The American (A Very Private Gentleman): Movie Tie-In Edition  

The American (A Very Private Gentleman): Movie Tie-In Edition

Martin Booth.

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The author of The Doctor, the Detective and Arthur Conan Doyle and the Booker Prize runner-up Islands of Silence, Martin Booth penned this taut psychological thriller, originally ... ... read more

 
The Lovely Bones  

The Lovely Bones

Alice Sebold.

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(Winner of the 2002 Bram Stoker Award for First Novel) "My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from ... ... read more

 
The Return of the King: Being the third part of The Lord of the Rings  

The Return of the King: Being the third part of The Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien.

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As Frodo and Sam carry the One Ring to Mordor, the Dark Lord Sauron's power grows, in this third volume of The Lord of the Rings. The two hobbits, led into a trap by Gollum, must escape ... ... read more

 
 
The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy  

The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

Mark Logue & Peter Conradi.


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Lionel Logue was a self-taught and virtually unknown speech therapist. Yet it was this outgoing, amiable man who almost single-handedly turned the nervous, tongue-tied Duke of York into one of ... ... read more

 
The Last King of Scotland  

The Last King of Scotland

Giles Foden.

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The winner of the 1998 Whitbread First Novel Award and the Somerset Maugham Award, Giles Foden's "genuinely beautiful and disturbing" (Village Voice) novel is the fictional memoir of Scottish ... ... read more

 
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