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It's not often a book truly moves you. Well, Alice Sebold's 'The Lovely Bones' has moved millions of people - more than eight million, to be exact. That's how many copies it's sold since it came out in 2002. A lot of that has to do with word of mouth, but also, the unusual way it's told.
'The Lovely Bones' is narrated by a dead girl. And don't worry... if you haven't read it, I'm not giving anything away. In fact, right from the start, you find out fourteen year old Susie Salmon is raped and killed, then watches from heaven as the aftermath unfolds - the fate of her killer, and that of her grieving family. I can vouch it's a page-turner - and now, 'Lord of the Rings' director Peter Jackson has made it into a movie.
And what a cast! Stars like Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, and Susan Sarandon. Plus, a few up and comers to watch for. Susie's sister is played by twenty-one year old Rose McIver. You - or your kids - might know her as Summer Lansdowne from 'Power Rangers: RPM.' As for Susie?
She's played by sixteen year old Irish actor Saoirse Ronan, who won rave reviews a few years ago, for her starring role in 'Atonement.'