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Read the book before the film hits the screens. These children’s and young adult stories were recently acquired for film or television adaptation. Check them out before everyone else does and stay off the holds list.
Written by Stephanie Perkins for a young adult, horror-loving audience, “There’s Someone Inside Your House” was purchased by Netflix for film adaptation with Patrick Brice directing. A small Nebraskan town becomes Makani’s new home when she is sent to live with her grandmother following her parents’ divorce. That’s not the only thing keeping her away from her native Hawaii. She lives in constant fear her secret past will be exposed. The mystery seems to have followed her to the Midwest when, one by one, classmates are murdered and suspicions run to every outsider or outcast.
Ashley is a wealthy teenager living the charmed life in Los Angeles until four officers are acquitted of murdering Rodney King, a Black man. Now she’s a Black teenager living through the 1992 summer of the Rodney King Riots grappling with a city on violent edge and figuring out where she fits in all of it in “The Black Kids” by Christina Hammonds Reed. This New York Times Bestseller and William C. Morris Award Finalist was purchased by The Gotham Group for film adaptation, directed by Wanuri Kahiu.
Victoria Aveyard’s “Red Queen” series has spent several weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list since its 2015 release and was purchased for Peacock, an NBC streaming service for series adaptation. The story is set in an alternate America where the nation is ruled by a monarchy of superhumans who bleed silver. Mare, a young woman without abilities and born into poverty, is discovered to have powers of her own. She becomes a symbol of revolution in this four-book series. The series will be directed by Elizabeth Banks, who also will perform a supporting acting role.
Becca is the new girl in school in Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s young adult graphic novel, “Squad.” It doesn’t take long for the new girl to figure out who is popular and who isn’t, but the startling realization that the popular girls aren’t girls at all, but werewolves, is a whole other thing. These wolves feast on budding sexual predators, so Becca is left with the question of who the real monsters are.
Sarah Voels is a community engagement librarian at the Cedar Rapids Public Library.