Young Adult Novels: Coming Soon to a Theater Near You!

**This is my Literature Project for the LIS 518 Lit & Media For Young Adults course I took in Spring 2012.**

So you read The Hunger Games trilogy and watched the first film… Wondering what YA novel will hit the big screen next? Here are twelve books that are currently being made into movies!

Tiger Eyes

In Tiger Eyes, Davey’s father is murdered in the convenience store where he works. She and her family decide to move to New Mexico after his death to start over. There she meets a boy named Wolf, whose own father is terminally ill and dying. Will Davey learn to deal with her grief? Judy Blume’s own father died when she was young and she lived in New Mexico where the book is set.

The Tiger Eyes film is set to be released this year and stars Willa Holland. Judy Blume’s son Larry is directing the movie and wrote the screenplay.

Willa Holland

Blume, J. (1981). Tiger eyes. New York, NY: Dell.

Heist Society

Katarina’s father is a master art thief in Heist Society. To escape a life of crime, she enrolls herself in boarding school. However, she is soon called upon to save her father after he is falsely accused of stealing paintings from a dangerous man. She only has two weeks to find the real thief, steal the paintings back, and rescue her dad from a mobster.

Drew Barrymore is set to produce and direct the film version of Heist Society with a tentative release date of 2014.

Drew Barrymore

Carter, A. (2010). Heist society. New York, NY: Disney/Hyperion.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a series of letters written by a teenager, Charlie, to an anonymous person. It takes place in the early 1990s and references many classic books, movies, TV shows, and songs. It deals with serious topics such as suicide, drug use, molestation, homosexuality, and mental illness. The book was one of the top ten most frequently challenged books of 2009.

The film version of The Perks of Being a Wallflower is set to be released on September, 21, 2012 and stars Logan Lerman. Paul Rudd (as Charlie’s English teacher) and Emma Watson (as Charlie’s love interest Sam) co-star.

Paul Rudd

Chbosky, S. (1999). The perks of being a wallflower. New York, NY: Pocket Books.

City of Bones

City of Bones is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series. Set in New York City, 15-year-old Clary is the main character in this urban fantasy novel. The book opens as she witnesses a murder where only she can see the killers and the body disappears. She befriends one of the murderers, Jace, and soon Clary discovers she lives in a magical world of Shadowhunters, demons, vampires, and werewolves.

The film version of City of Bones is set to be released on August 23, 2013. So far the only actor definitely attached to the movie is Lily Collins, who will play Clara.

Lily Collins

Clare, C. (2007). City of bones. New York, NY: M.K. McElderry Books.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

This is the third YA novel that authors Cohan and Levithan have collaborated on. (You might remember their first book, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which became a movie starring Michael Cera.) In Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, Lily leaves a notebook full of clues on a bookstore shelf hoping the right guy will find it and in turn, find her. Will the scavenger hunt around New York City turn into real love?

The film version of Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is set to be released in 2013. It is being produced by Scott Rudin.

Cohn, R., & Levithan, D. (2010). Dash & Lily’s book of dares. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.


Wither is the first book in the Chemical Gardens trilogy. It is a dystopian novel, set in a future where all humans are genetically perfect but females die at age 20 and males at age 25. 16-year-old Rhine is kidnapped and sold to a man who has multiple wives. She spends her days plotting ways to escape with her friend and servant Gabriel.

The feature film rights to Wither have been purchased by Prospect Park and Violet House Productions. No release date has been set.

DeStefano, L. (2011). Wither. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures is the first book in the Caster Chronicles series. Set in the small southern town of Gatlin, SC, the novel introduces readers to Ethan and Lena, star-crossed lovers whose fates have been intertwined for centuries. Ethan soon discovers Lena’s secret: that she is a “caster” and will either go “light” or “dark” on her 16h birthday. The plot counts down to this big day, as Ethan and Lena try to find a way to keep her from the darkness.

The film version of Beautiful Creatures is set to be released on February 1, 2013 and stars Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Margo Martindale from Justified (one of my fave TV shows) will be playing Aunt Del. Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, and Emmy Rossum are also co-stars.

Margo Martindale

Garcia, K., & Stohl, M. (2009). Beautiful creatures. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company.

The Giver

The Giver is a classic young adult dystopian novel. It is set in 2065 and revolves around a teenage boy, Jonas. In this “perfect” modern society, there are no emotions or pain. Jonas is set to become the Receiver of Memory after The Giver and discovers the power of knowledge. He must decide if he should stay with his family or run away to live a richer life. The Giver won the 1994 Newbery Medal.

The film version of The Giver will be produced by Jeff Bridges, who will also play the title role. It is set to be released in 2013.

Jeff Bridges

Lowry, L. (1993). The giver. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.

Wicked Lovely

In Wicked Lovely, Aislinn is one of the few who can see the powerful and dangerous faeries who live in the mortal world. A faery begins to stalk her and she soon discovers that he is in fact Keenan the Summer King, and wants Aislinn to be his Summer Queen. But what does Aislinn want?

The film version of Wicked Lovely is being produced by Vince Vaughn’s company, Wild West Picture Show. The script is to be written by Caroline Thompson and the movie directed by Mary Harron.

Vince Vaughn

Marr, M. (2007). Wicked lovely. New York, NY: HarperTeen.

The Night Circus

The Night Circus is a fantasy novel set in 19th century London. Celia and Marco are the children and proteges of two magicians in Le Cirque des Rêves. Their fathers are using them to determine whether magic is a talent one is born with or a skill that can be taught. They fall in love, unaware that they are players in a game where only one can be left standing.

Summit Entertainment has acquired the film rights to The Night Circus. Moira Buffini is set to write the adapted screenplay. The movie is tentatively slated to be released in 2013.

Morgenstern, E. (2011). The night circus. New York, NY: Doubleday.

The Alchemyst

The Alchemyst is the first book in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. Twins Sophie and Josh have summer jobs at a bookstore in San Francisco. They discover that the owner of the bookstore is actually the famous Renaissance alchemist Nicolas Flamel. He and his wife have become immortal by taking a magical elixir. An important book with the recipe for the elixir of life is stolen and must be found within a month, or else they will die and the world will be destroyed.

The Alchemyst is being made into a film and will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and his Di Bonaventura Pictures. So far there is no official release date.

Scott, M. (2007). The alchemyst: The secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone is the first book in a planned trilogy. It revolves around an art student named Karou who has been raised by creatures called chimaera. She is sent around the world to run errands and along the way encounters many mysterious beings and finds herself in the middle of a supernatural war. Daughter of Smoke & Bone was the only YA title on Amazon’s top 10 best books of 2011 list and the New York Times named it one of five notable YA novels of the year.

Film rights to Daughter of Smoke & Bone have been purchased by Universal Pictures.

Taylor, L. (2011). Daughter of smoke & bone. New York, NY: Little, Brown.


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