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Uncovering books to read before they hit the big screen

Serena

This book follows the story of a man and his wife working amidst the environmental movement in North Carolina in the 1930s.  On top of this, the couple finds their lives entangled within the operations of their lumber yard, which was more than just a bit unsupported by the public at that time.

Movie Release Date: February 26, 2015

In the Heart of the Sea

This book, which was inspired the worldwide phenomenon Moby Dick, follows the story of a crew on a ship that was sunk by a sperm whale, giving the crew a deadly time of 90 days to be lost at sea with no food while fighting desperately for survival.

Movie Release Date: March 13, 2015

The Longest Ride

This book follows the story of Ira Levinson and his struggle to remember the love of his past with the love of his life, Ruth.  All seems to be going downhill until a nearby Wake Forest College senior named Sophia Danko meets a boy who is much different from any she has been involved with.  The lives of Ruth, Ira, Luke, and Sophia converge unexpectedly and create an extraordinary journey for them all.

Movie Release date: April 10, 2015

Far From the Madding Crowd

Published in 1874, this book, written by Thomas Hardy, follows the story of a young farmer named Gabriel Oaks and his pursuit of the young, independent heroine, Bathsheba Everdene.  Bathsheba is also pursued by two other suitors, however; a flourishing and living-in-the-moment sergeant, and a reclusive young farmer.  Bathsheba finds both pain and romance in the book, making it a worthwhile read and an eventful watch on the big screens.

Movie Release Date:  May 1, 2015

Dark Places

From the author of the well-received Gone Girl, comes a story circling the terrifying journey in the life of Libby Day, whose mother and two sisters were murdered in the tragic occurrence known as “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas,” when she was very young.  When asked who the killer was when she was younger, she famously told the media it was her brother. Now, she is confronted with the question of whether or not she was right.

Movie Release Date: 2015

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

An innocent trip to a remote island off the coast of Wales turns mysterious when sixteen year old Jacob discovers the crumbling ruins and pictures of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  He soon discovers that not only were the children peculiar, they were dangerous and were held on the island for a good reason.  This fantasy is told through the haunting photographs and is sure to be enjoyed by all who read it.

Movie Release Date: March 4, 2016

 

About Hannah Van Zant

Senior Hannah Van Zant is an Advanced Journalism student and staff reporter. In her free time you can either find her outside riding her mule, watching the DIY channel, or pretending to be good at playing guitar.

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U.S. Representative and U.S. Army Reserves Colonel Brad Wenstrup presents WWII veteran Frank "Bud" Buschmeier with the French Legion of Honor Medal on Nov. 10 during McNicholas's Veterans Day assembly. Following the assembly, McNick hosted its annual Veterans Day Breakfast to thank veterans and active service-members for their service to the United States.

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