There are many novels that have made their debut on the big screen; however, there are some lesser known books that would also make amazing award winning films. In a survey sent to Warren Central students, Warriors were given a chance to nominate their favorite books that have the potential of becoming phenomenal movies.
A Heart in the Body of the Mind by Deb Caletti
“A Heart in the Body of the Mind,” by Deb Caletti holds strong themes of gun violence and survivor’s guilt that are important to talk about today. The story follows Annabelle Agnelli who is on her way to lobby for gun reform in Washington D.C. with her grandfather. On her road trip, Annabelle recalls the events that brought her to D.C. and reveals the reason why she is so adamant about gun violence. During a party, a teenage boy, who was upset at Annabelle for rejecting his sexual advantages, brought a gun and killed Annabelle’s boyfriend and best friend. Annabelle dedicates herself to lobbying for gun reform, all while trying to run from the guilt that hangs over her head.
Zom-B by Darren Shan
“Zom-B” by Darren Shan centers around B Smith, a high school student who wants to be better than her father ever was. B’s dad is known for being a huge bigot and has enforced his views on her since the day she was born. However, as the world begins to descend into chaos as reportings of zombies sweep the nation, B decides that her time to define herself is now. Her plan comes to an abrupt end when she sacrifices herself to save her friends from a horde of zombies. Things only get worse for B when she wakes up in an underground lab with a hole in her chest and a killer headache.
Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
Eragon is a lonely farm boy whose family is struggling to feed themselves. One day, Eragon discovers a vibrant blue stone and, with hopes that he can sell it to support his family, takes it home. He is surprised when the stone turns out to be an egg and now has a fletchling dragon in his care. Eragon is then thrust into a world of danger and excitement as he realizes it is his destiny to start a revolution that will change the world.
Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
“Kavalier and Clay,” centers around two jewish cousins named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Klayman who are working to be comic book artists in New York City during the late 1930’s. After escaping his home in Prague shortly after the Nazis invade, Joe Kavalier becomes a refugee in New York living with his aunt and cousin Sammy. Sammy is obsessed with comic books, and when he learns of Joe’s art skills, he decides, that with his own storytelling abilities, they could get a job making comics. Joe and Sammy create a nazi fighting superhero, named the Escapist, which begins to lead them into a world of success, yet they still work to overcome their own personal adversities. Joe wants to bring over his remaining family to America so they can escape Hitler’s reign, and Sammy is on a journey to discover his sexual identity. The threat of war causes tensions to rise in New York, but Sammy and Joe are determined to overcome these obstacles to achieve riches and fame they have always dreamed of.
Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley
As descendants of the original Grimm brothers, Sabrina and Daphne, must uphold their family legacy and keep all of the old fairytale characters, known as the Everafters, out of trouble and in the town of Ferryport Landing, a fictional town in New York. After years in foster care, the two sisters arrived in Ferryport Landing to be tended to by their thought-to-be dead grandmother. Throughout the series, the sisters try to balance the weight and pressure of their new lives while still trying to battle their troubled past.
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
When five students walk into a Monday detention and only four make it out alive, the community turns against survivors Bronwyn, Addy, Nate and Cooper. Police discover that the victim, Simon, runs the schools most popular gossip blog and was going to publish dirt on the survivors giving them a motive for murder. Despite the protests from the four students who swear that Simon poisoned himself, the teens face life in prison. Determined to prove their innocence, the survivors band together and begin to investigate further into Simon’s life to figure out why he would try to blame them for murder.
Legend by Marie Lu
North America has been split into two warring nations. Things change when two fifteen-year-olds, June and Day, cross paths. June is being groomed for success, having been born into an elite family in the Republic’s wealthiest cities. Day is the country's most wanted criminal, from the slums. Fate brings the two together after the murder of June’s brother, Metias, when Day becomes the prime suspect. Their fateful meeting has the power to reveal deadly secrets and change the course of the war they are being forced to fight.
The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
Dade Hamilton is a sixteen year old high schooler who attempts his best to take it day by day. His father refuses to look at his mother, and he's been isolated by everyone in his community. All except for Pablo, the school’s star quarterback who he is secretly dating. During a party where Pablo calls Dade slurs in front of the entire school, Dade runs away with a slacker named Alex who is eager to introduce Dade to his fellow LGBT friends. During his summer with Alex, Dade begins to realize that the world is not as lonely as it seems.
We are the Ants by Shaun Hutchinson
High schooler Henry Denton, has been abducted by aliens since he was 13 years old. The aliens have given Henry the choice to save humanity by pressing a button that will stop the end of the world from happening, but if he chooses not to press it, the world as he knows it will cease to exist. While this may be an easy choice for most people, Henry is ready to watch the world burn. With the suicide of his boyfriend hanging over his shoulder, his grandmother’s growing struggle with alzheimer's and his mother drinking addiction, Henry has been shown that the good in the world is gone and he has made up his mind. However, his decision is put to the test when a mysterious boy named Diego turns Henry’s life upside down.
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
The kingdom of Carthya is in a stir and needing an heir to the throne. To attempt unifying this kingdom falling apart, nobleman Bevin Conner comes up with a plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son. He begins visiting orphanages and take in four orphan boys who are to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. The stakes are high for the four young boys, because if they are not picked, they will be killed. Does Sage stand a chance? What are the motives behind Connor’s plan and will it work at all?