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Lena Dunham Plans to Adapt ‘Catherine, Called Birdy’

Lena DunhamDuring her talk at the New Yorker Festival, filmmaker Lena Dunham revealed that she plans to work on a movie adaptation of Catherine, Called Birdy.

Dunham (pictured, via) will serve as a producer. She also hopes to be the director for this project.

According to BuzzFeed, this Karen Cushman novel features a story that “is told through diary entries written by a British 12-year-old named Catherine in the year 1290. The book was awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal.” Who would you cast as young Catherine?

Cover Unveiled For The 10th Anniversary Edition of ‘Looking For Alaska’

Looking For Alaska 10th Anniversary

Young adult novelist John Green has revealed the new cover for the 10th anniversary edition of Looking For Alaska. We’ve embedded the full image, designed by artist Rodrigo Corral, above—what do you think?

According to the press release, this special edition features an “introduction by John Green, looking back at Looking For Alaska ten years later, essay by Michael Cart, Chair of the 2006 Printz committee, deleted scenes, and extensive Q&A from John Green answering fans favorite questions, the book will offer more for readers than ever before.” Penguin Young Readers Group has scheduled a release date for 2015.

HarperCollins to Re-Issue Self-Published Kiera Cass Book

SirenCover HalfHarperCollins Children’s Books will re-issue Kiera Cass’ self-published young adult novel, The SirenThe story follows a young girl named Kahlen and her communion with the ocean.

According to Cass’ blog post, this allows her “to go back through with my editor and make it the story I always hoped it could be. It will sparkle in ways I couldn’t make it on my own, and that makes me crazy happy!” The publisher will release the book with a new cover and bonus material in Winter 2016.

‘SNL’ Airs Parody About Young Adult Film Adaptations

Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live aired a digital short that parodies three young adult movie adaptations: The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner. The video embedded above features comedian Bill Hader starring in “The Group Hopper.” A Facebook post has drawn more than 12,000 “likes.” What do you think? (via ScreenCrush)

The Weinstein Company Grabs the Film Rights to ‘Every Exquisite Thing’ By Matthew Quick

Matthew QuickThe Weinstein Company has snatched up the film rights to the forthcoming young adult title, Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick (pictured, via). Back in 2012, the film studio produced a highly popular adaptation of Quick’s adult book, Silver Linings Playbook.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story in the new book “follows a goody-two-shoes student-athlete who starts to get in touch with her wild side after reading a cult classic novel.” Little, Brown Books For Young Readers will release Every Exquisite Thing in Spring 2016.

VIDEO: Veronica Roth Shares Details About the Collector’s Edition of ‘Divergent’

HarperCollins will publish a collector’s edition of Divergent on October 21, 2014. In the video embedded above, author Veronica Roth shares details about this book.

Roth reveals that she wrote two essays for this project; one is about an alternate beginning with Tobias “Four” Eaton as the star protagonist and the second focuses on Caleb Prior. Other special features include fan art, an excerpt from the Divergent movie script, and a poster.

Carl Hiaasen on Bringing Skink to Teens

SkinkCover#1 New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen talked recently to Newsday about bringing Skink — the beloved vigilante ex-gov of Florida whose unique brand of swamp-justice has made him a star of six Hiaasen adult novels — to YA readers “before he got too old and cranky.”

Long listed for the 2014 National Book Award, Hiaasen’s first book for teens, Skink No Surrender, features the ragged, one-eyed renegade helping 14-year-old Richard rescue his teenage cousin Malley, who has run off into trouble with an older guy she met on the Internet.

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‘SNL’ Airs Parody On ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live aired a digital short that parodies The Fault in Our Stars movie. The video embedded above features comedienne Sarah Silverman and cast member Taran Killam starring in The Fault in Our Stars 2: The Ebola in Our Everything. A Facebook post has drawn more than 13,000 “likes.” What do you think? (via Deadline)

Cover Revealed For New Krista Van Dolzer YA Novel

The Sound of Life & Everything

Children’s books author Krista Van Dolzer has penned a new young adult novel. She unveiled the cover for The Sound of Life and Everything on her blog.

Artist Rose Wong created the design—what do you think? Penguin Young Readers Group will release the book on May 05, 2015.

Lions Gate Invites Female Filmmakers to Make ‘Twilight’ Short Films

twilightcoverLions Gate will host a contest for aspiring female directors to create short films based on characters from Stephenie Meyers’ Twilight saga. The participants will consult Meyers’ 2011 encyclopedic tome, The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide.

Deadline reports that five winners will be selected to receive production advances to finance their short films. The five installments of “The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of ‘The Twilight Saga’” series will be released exclusively on Facebook in 2015. From there, fans will vote on which filmmaker deserves a grand prize which includes cash and career opportunities.

Here’s more from The New York Times: ”A group of female panelists, including the Twilight actress Kristen Stewart and Ms. Meyer, will select the winning shorts and mentor participants, Lions Gate said. Other panelists include the actresses Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer and Julie Bowen; Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first Twilight movie; the film producer Cathy Schulman; and Jennifer Lee, who co-directed Frozen. Certain contest details, including the length of the shorts, are still being worked out and will be made available on Tongal.com, a crowdsourcing platform.”

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