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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Young Adult Book News!

Author Brenda Pandos, revealed her newest novel, Everblue. I love the whole sound of this mermaid story!

Check out the summary: Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana's twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them. Ashlyn is about to discover what she’d thought to be true her whole life, wasn’t, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn's life forever.

For more info visit Brenda's blog!

LJ Smith's Secret Circle series will be made into a TV Show coming in the FALL. It looks promising! Check out the preview below...

(Credit goes to: CW)

Summit Entertainment has set hot young scribe Evan Daugherty to adapt dystopian thriller Divergent, based on the young adult novel by 22-year-old author Veronica Roth. FinePrint's Pouya Shabazian is producing the project with Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher via their Red Wagon banner. Daugherty's writing credits include Universal's high profile Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, and Shrapnel, directed by John McTiernan. Roth's YA novel, published by HarperCollins imprint Katherine Tegen Books, hit the stands last month and quickly made the New York Times' bestseller list, where it remains. Divergent has parallels to the book series Hunger Games, which is being made into a film series.

(Credit goes to: The Hollywood Reporter)

Plus, Veronica Roth revealed the title for the next installment, which is...


Go to Veronica's blog to read why she chose that title.

CBS Films has tapped up-and-coming writers Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari to adapt "Legend," Marie Lu's forthcoming novel that the company hopes will be a major young adult franchise. The hiring comes two weeks after CBS tapped Jonathan Levine to direct the adaptation, which is being produced by Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of "The Twilight Saga" fame. CBS has been making the creative hires against the backdrop of Book Expo in New York, where the book has been generated great reviews. Putnam is making the tome, due out on November 29, one of its big holiday sellers, ordering an initial print run of over 350,000. According to the company, the book "takes place in Los Angeles over a hundred years in the future, when North America is split into two warring nations. "Legend" focuses on Day, a 15-year old Robin Hood figure who happens to be the nation's most wanted criminal, and June, a teenage prodigy who is hired to hunt him down. The pair are caught in a game of cat and mouse until an impossible truth about their totalitarian leaders forces them to work together."

(Credit goes to: The Hollywood Reporter)

Another film about faeries is on its way to the big screen. Following this summer’s announcement that Miley Cyrus is to star in Disney’s adaptation of Aprilynne Pike’s teenage faerie tale “Wings," Variety reports that Universal is working on a movie based on “Wicked Lovely,” the first in a series of young adult books by Melissa Marr. The projects aren’t very similar, however. Disney’s film, which is being produced by "Twilight" producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, involves a seemingly normal girl who sprouts wings, making her a human-sized faerie. “Wicked,” on the other hand, features a teenage girl who can merely see the creatures — though she is offered the chance to join that world by a faerie suitor who takes human form in order to pursue her.

(Credit goes to: Hollywood Crush)

Fans of young-adult fiction -- or anyone with young adults in their lives -- probably are familiar with "The Maze Runner," James Dashner's fantasy tale. The first book in Dashner's planned trilogy -- about a group of boys, and one girl, who are trapped in an alternative universe called The Glade and must navigate an entity known as The Maze to escape -- has been on the New York Times paperback bestseller list for nearly three months after coming out in hardcover in the fall of 2009. The second book, "The Scorch Trials," was released this past fall and has just completed a one-month run on the newspaper's hardcover list. Like Suzanne Collins' ultra-popular "The Hunger Games" novels and other young-adult publishing phenomena, Dashner's books use genre conventions to explore the vagaries of growing up. And like "Hunger Games," Dasher's stories are poised to make the leap to the big screen. A film version is set up at Fox, and "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke signed on a month ago to direct the adaptation. Now a source close to the film says the project has hired a screenwriter, and he's an interesting choice: Noah Oppenheim.

(Credit goes to: LA Times)

“Glee” star Chris Colfer is already an award-winning actor, screenwriter — and now, a soon-to-be published author.The 21-year-old actor has signed a two-book deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the publisher announced in a statement.The actor-turned author will pen “The Land of Stories,” which the press release describes as “a fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales…

‘The Land of Stories’ tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner Bailey. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they comeface-to-face with the characters they grew up reading about.” “When I was 10 years old, I promised myself that if I ever had the opportunity to write this book, I would jump at the chance,” Chris said in a statement. “This book has been at the core of my imagination for a long time and I’m excited and nervous to share it.” “The Land of Stories” is due in summer 2012. In April, Disney Channel announced that Chris was writing the pilot “The Little Leftover Witch,” based on Florence Laughlin’s children’s book.

(Credit goes to: Access Hollywood)

Penguin Young Readers Group has signed up 50 Cent’s novel “Playground.” The publisher announced Monday that the book is a semi-autobiographical young adult novel about bullying that will come out in January 2012. The 34-year-old rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has acknowledged a violent childhood and dealing drugs at an early age.

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NenaTH said...

wow secret circle sounds REALLY interesting!

Anonymous said...

I loved the Secret Circle sneak peak! Hah, can't wait!

And 50 cent....ergh..not sure what to expect from his novel.

-Mocha from A Cupcake and A Latte: YA Reads, Reviews & More!.

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Oh, wow! That's a ton of great news (I haven't read LEGEND yet but am absolutely dying to!). And, while I'm not a huge fan of 50 Cent, my students are and his book sounds perfect for them, since I teach in a bit of a rough area and they deal with the constant pressure to join gangs, experiment (and sell!) drugs, and lots of bullying.
Happy reading (and, soon, watching!),
Mary @ Book Swarm

Amber said...

I've heard of a lot of this news but thinks for putting it one your blog with a nice little bow on the top! A lot of really great things in the works right now.

Cara said...

I love most of this news (especially Wicked Lovely being optioned), but Catherine Hardwicke directing The Maze Runner film?! I thought it was generally agreed that the direction in Twilight was strange, yet she keeps being signed for films based on YA books?

I am really excited for Chris Colfer's series though. He seems to be passionate about writing it so hopefully he will turn out some great books!

Thanks for the updates! :)

LinWash said...

The cover of Everblue is simply gorgeous! Sounds like a great book.
And wow. I'm glad that Wicked Lovely has been optioned. But I worry about casting.

Natalie said...

I'm going to have to try watching The Secret Circle. It sounds promising.

Fiktshun said...

I really love this feature and the cover for Everblue is stunning!

It's interesting that Legend by Marie Lu is already being made into such a huge franchise and it's not even close to release. I am very curious about it now.

I'll be heading over to Veronica Roth's page because I just have to know...

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