My Sister's Keeper. Poster of the 2009 movie and cover of the 2004 book
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My Sister's Keeper
Jodi Picoult, 2004
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Nick Cassavetes, 2009

Kate Fitzgerald has acute promyelocytic leukemia. As neither her parents, firefighter Brian and lawyer Sara, nor older brother Jesse are a genetic match, Dr. Chance, Kate’s oncologist, suggests designer in vitro fertilization. Anna is born as a savior sister.


The Ultimate Gift. Poster of the 2006 movie and cover of the 1991 book
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The Ultimate Gift
Jim Stovall, 1991
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Michael O. Sajbel, 2006

When his rich grandfather, Howard Red Stevens, dies, Jason does not expect to inherit anything from his multi-billion-dollar estate. He strongly resents his grandfather because his father had died while working for him. There is an inheritance, in fact, but it comes with a condition: Jason must complete 12 separate assignments within a year in order to get it.


The Ultimate Gift. Poster of the 2006 movie and cover of the book novelization
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The Ultimate Gift
Rene Gutteridge, 2007
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Michael O. Sajbel, 2006

When his rich grandfather, Howard Red Stevens, dies, Jason does not expect to inherit anything from his multi-billion-dollar estate. He strongly resents his grandfather because his father had died while working for him. There is an inheritance, in fact, but it comes with a condition: Jason must complete 12 separate assignments within a year in order to get it.


August: Osage County. Poster of the 2013 movie and cover of the 2008 book
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August: Osage County
Tracy Letts, 2008
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John Wells, 2013

The title designates time and location: an unusually hot August in a rural area outside Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Violet’s middle daughter Ivy is single and the only one living locally; Barbara, her oldest, who has inherited her mother’s mean streak, arrives from Colorado with her husband Bill and 14-year-old daughter Jean.


Ender's Game. Poster of the 2013 movie and cover of the 1985 book
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Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, 1985
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Gavin Hood, 2013

In the future, humanity is preparing to launch an attack on the homeworld of an alien race, called the Formics, that had attacked Earth and killed millions. The Formic invasion was stopped by Mazer Rackham, who crashed his fighter plane into the Formic queenship at the apparent cost of his life. They order the removal of his monitor, signifying the end of the cadet program.


Freak Show. Poster of the 2017 movie and cover of the 2007 book
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Freak Show
James St. James, 2007
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Trudie Styler, 2017

The narrative revolves around Billy Bloom, a teenager who finds himself in an ultra-conservative high school. Despite the challenging environment, Billy makes a courageous choice to run for homecoming queen.


Nim's Island. Poster of the 2008 movie and cover of the 1999 book
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Nim's Island
Wendy Orr, 1999
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Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin, 2008

11-year-old Nim lives with her widower marine biologist father Jack Rusoe on a South Pacific island. Jack has told Nim that her mother Emily died when she was swallowed by a blue whale after it was scared by a ship called The Buccaneer. Nim has several native animals for company: Selkie the sea lion, Fred the bearded dragon, Chica the sea turtle, and Galileo the pelican.


Perfect Sisters. Poster of the 2014 movie and cover of the 2008 book, The Class Project: How To Kill a Mother
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The Class Project: How To Kill a Mother
Bob Mitchell, 2008
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Stanley M. Brooks, 2014

Two teenage sisters, Sandra and Beth, live with their alcoholic mother and her abusive boyfriend. Tired of their miserable home life, they plot and carry out a plan to murder their mother in hopes of achieving a better life. They make the murder look like an accident, but when the police start investigating, they become suspicious of the sisters. The movie explores the events leading up to the murder and the sisters’ attempts to cover their tracks.