YA Rewind: ‘Just One Day’ Film, #WeNeedDiverseBooks & More!

Just One DayGayle Forman’s ‘Just One Day’ Heads to Big Screen

We all love book adaptations, and after the raging success of Gayle Forman’s ‘If I Stay’ film adaptation (read Jane’s review here), Universal Studios has optioned Forman’s ‘Just One Day’ and ‘Just One Year.’

The companion novels will be merged into one film with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage producing. Forman herself will be one of the executive producer. The duology follows the year-long romance between Allyson Healey and dutch actor Willem – and Allyson’s journey of self-discovery.

Buy on Amazon:Just One Day” and “Just One Year.”

But Forman’s film adaptations aren’t the only thing to be excited for this week.

We Need Diverse Books Reaches IndieGoGo Goal

Grassroots charity organization We Need Diverse Books reached its IndieGoGo goal of $100 thousand dollars earlier this week.

We Need Diverse BooksThe We Need Diverse Books campaigns focus on expanding awareness of books that feature minorities – people of color, LGBTQIA and people with disabilities – and getting them into the hands of readers. Upcoming campaigns supported by the IndieGoGo funds include a partnership with Open Book, as well as a grant program named after Walter Dean Myers to recognize diverse contributions by authors in the young adult and middle grade categories.

They are accepting funding through December for those who have yet to donate. Follow the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Hashtag on Twitter.

splinteredYALSA announces 2014 Teens’ Top Ten

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced their top ten books of the year. The 2014 Teens’ Top Ten list was voted by teens across the country and is one of the few end-of-the-year lists to be voted on by the demographic they’re aimed at. The top ten titles are (click through the links to buy on Amazon):

  1. Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Splintered” by A.G. Howard
  3. The Rithmatist” by Brandon Sanderson
  4. The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey
  5. Sky on Fire” by Emmy Laybourne
  6. Earth Girl” by Janet Edwards
  7. The Testing” by Joelle Charbonneau
  8. Steelheart” by Brandon Sanderson
  9. Siege and Storm” by Leigh Bardugo
  10. The Eye of Minds” by James Dashner

Book Deal of the Week

“Star Wars” and “Game of Thrones” fans will be excited for Tessa Elwood‘s “Hunger, Heart, Fuel, Nation,” scheduled to release in fall 2015 from Running Press. A girl takes her sister’s place in an arranged political marriage between two intergalactic royal houses – only to find out she may be the daughter of her family’s sworn enemy. Follow Tessa Elwood on Twitter @tessaelwood.


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