So here’s the thing with me and the blog, it seems I made a plan – I then didn’t follow through on the plan, and am now writing about a more current idea / theme –
books to movies.
As I look at some of the books now sitting on my desk, I also realize that they are about courage, grit, determination, beating the odds. So I hope you’ll read a few books and watch a few movies. I hope that they inspire you.
When William Kamkwamba was a young teen, a terrible famine struck his tiny village in Malawi, Africa. The loss of crops left his family with nothing to eat or sell. Without money, William was forced to drop out of school.
Fortunately, William found hope in the village library. There, he came up with an idea that would change the lives of the people around him. He would build a windmill.
Made from junkyard scraps, William’s amazing creation would bring electricity to his home. it would help his family pump the water they needed to farm the land. And it would turn this ordinary African teenager into a hero known all around the world as the boy who harnessed the wind.
Lion : A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
Can you imagine being lost and not finding your way home again? Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata, before being taken into a orhanage and adopted by a family in Australia.
Despite being happy in his new home, Saroo always wondered about his origins. He spent hours staring at the map of India on his bedroom wall. He pored over satellite images on Google Earth seeking out landmarks he recognized. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for.
Then he set off on a journey back to India to see if he could find his mother.
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippencott
Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.
The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.
Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.
What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
This one has had a title change for the movie release it will be known as Ashes in the Snow.
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina is preparing for art school, first dates, and all that summer has to offer. But one night, the Soviet secret police barge violently into her home, deporting her along with her mother and younger brother. They are being sent to Siberia. Her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp. Lina must fight for her life, fearless, vowing that if she survives she will honor her family, and the thousands like hers, by documenting their experience in her art and writing. Only incredible strength, love, and hope can pull Lina and her family through each day.