Wow, I am really impressed with the number of Young Adult books that are being made into movies this year. Here’s a few of my personal favorites:
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness: this book about a boy who is losing his mother to cancer is simply fantastic. The all-star cast, including Liam Neeson and Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, and Lewis MacDougall, ensures that this movie will be a hit. It came out in late December 2016.
Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher: Another heartbreaker, about a girl who commits suicide but leaves behind 13 audiotapes detailing the acts of the people who impacted her life in such a negative way. Selena Gomez is producing this one on Netflix, due out March 31.
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, by Meg Medina: I love anything by Meg Medina; she presented at my school and she’s just as wonderful in real life as she is in writing her characters. This YA award winning book, about a girl who transfers to a new school and is set upon by “mean girl bullies”, is going to be a Hulu series sometime next year. Way to go, Meg!
Wonder, by RJ Palacio: As a middle school librarian, we had the entire 8th grade read this book. It speaks so powerfully about accepting people with differences, tolerance, and learning empathy. I can’t wait to see it on the big screen, with Jacob Temblay as Auggie and Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as his parents. It will be on the big screen in April.
Allegiant, by Veronica Roth: If you watched Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant part I, you’re probably ready for the final installation of the series. Starring Shailene Woodley as Tris and Theo James as Four, the movie will be out on June 9.
The Breadwinner, by Deborah Ellis. When eleven year old Parvana’s father is taken away by the Taliban for having an education, she must disguise herself as a boy and work in the market in order to earn money for her family. Produced by Angelina Jolie, The Breadwinner will be an animated movie this fall.
Plenty to read and watch this year! All six of these books are available at the ACHS library, and most likely at your local library or Overdrive.