New Year, New Movies
2013 looks like a good year for movies, with several popular Young Adult novels and series coming to life. Which one are you looking forward to? Will they live up to expectations?
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Book 1 in the Mortal Instruments series. Suddenly able to see demons and the Shadowhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster. The film adaptation, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones features Lily Collins as Clary Fray. The movie trailer can be viewed here.
Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Book 2 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Demi-god Percy Jackson and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their camp. But first Percy will discover a secret that makes him wonder whether being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honor or a cruel joke. The movie is a sequel to The Lightning Thief, and features Logan Lerman in the lead role, currently scheduled for an August, 2013 release.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
A veteran of years of simulated war games, Ender believes he is engaged in one more computer war game, when in truth he is commanding the last fleet of Earth against an alien race seeking the complete destruction of Earth. The film casting was closely followed, and the final cast includes Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), and Asa Butterfield (Hugo). Film release date is currently November, 2013. View a teaser here.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday. The film features a stellar cast: Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, and Alice Englert as Lena. The movie opens in February, but you can view the trailer now.
DeAnn O. has been a children’s librarian for over 15 years; she is a long time bibliophile, children’s advocate, and book reviewer for School Library Journal.