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In the Heart of the Sea

 

In the Heart of the Sea
by Nathaniel Philbrick
Year Published: 2000
Nonfiction

In 1820, crewmen aboard a New England whaling vessel find themselves in a battle for survival when a mammoth-sized whale attacks their ship, leaving them adrift in the ocean. The survivors must resort to the unthinkable to stay alive. The Film: In the Heart of the Sea, directed by Ron Howard (2015). Rated PG 13 for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material.

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Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
Year Published: 2003
Fiction

The story of an unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of a servant, set against a political backdrop of the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy. The book dives into the relationships between fathers and sons, the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption.

The Film: The Kite Runner, directed by Marc Forster (2007)Rated PG-13 for strong thematic material including sexual and physical violence and brief strong language.

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The Power of One
by Bryce Coutenay
Year Published: 1989
Fiction

Set in South Africa in 1939 where the seeds of apartheid were just being sown, the book follows the life of Peekay, whose childhood was filled with humiliation and abandonment but who vowed he would become the welterweight champion of the world.

The Power of One, directed by John G. Avildson (1992). Rated PG-13 for some areas of strong violence.

 

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Seabiscuit: An American Legend
by Laura Hillenbrand
Year Published: 2001
Nonfiction

The true story of how Seabiscuit, a rags-to-riches horse, emerged as an American cultural icon during the darkest years of the Depression. Full of suspense and heart, this book explores a fascinating slice of American history.

Seabiscuit, directed by Gary Ross (2003). Rated PG-13 for some sexual situations and violent sports-related images.

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