Adaptation News, Simon Teen

‘A Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea & Tomorrow’ Film Adaptation In Development

On August 16, Deadline reported exclusively that Laura Taylor Namey’s 2020 NYT Bestselling romance novel A Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea And Tomorrow is getting adapted into a film through ACE Entertainment, with a cast already attached and production launched in Yorkshire, England.

Taylor Namey’s novel follows baker Lila Reyes who never planned to spend a summer in England. However, a series of events primarily including the loss of her grandmother, her parents worry about her mental health deciding it’s best to spend time away from the family’s Cuban panadería to stay at her aunt’s inn located in Winchester, England for a much needed reset. From Miami to London, she finds herself falling in love with the countryside, fusion cooking and a charming British tea-shop clerk named Orion. As she warms up to the charming English summer, she finds that food and her adventures, slowly heal her heart.

Maia Reficco will star as Lila Reyes, Kit Connor (Heartstopper) is set to play Orion Maxwell (according to Taylor Namey’s tweet) and Kate del Castillo has also been attached to star in the adaptation.

In her narrative debut, Katherine Fairfax Wright will direct the project, Khalia Amazan and Savion Einstein have been attached as screenwriters, alongside Matt Kaplan who will produce.

ACE Entertainment has adapted Young Adult novels such as the ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ trilogy and more recently ‘Hello, Goodbye And Everything In Between.’

Taylor Namey stated with much excitement in her initial tweet “So honored and completely over the moon to announce this news that took my breath away so many months ago…” According to her profile, she is also confirmed to be an executive producer on the project.

No other news was revealed as to release date or whether a streaming service will acquire the film. A Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea And Tomorrow was featured as Reese’s Book Club pick in November of 2020.

For Lila Reyes, a summer in England was never part of the plan. The plan was 1) take over her abuela’s role as head baker at their panadería, 2) move in with her best friend after graduation, and 3) live happily ever after with her boyfriend. But then the Trifecta happened, and everything—including Lila herself—fell apart.

Worried about Lila’s mental health, her parents make a new plan for her: spend three months with family friends in Winchester, England, to relax and reset. But with the lack of sun, a grumpy inn cook, and a small town lacking Miami flavor (both in food and otherwise), what would be a dream trip for some feels more like a nightmare to Lila…until she meets Orion Maxwell.

A teashop clerk with troubles of his own, Orion is determined to help Lila out of her funk, and appoints himself as her personal tour guide. From Winchester’s drama-filled music scene to the sweeping English countryside, it isn’t long before Lila is not only charmed by Orion, but England itself. Soon a new future is beginning to form in Lila’s mind—one that would mean leaving everything she ever planned behind.

A Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea And Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey is out now!

Adaptation News, The NOVL

‘Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between’ Adaptation Headed To Netflix In July

On June 15, Netflix revealed the trailer to Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between the forthcoming YA movie adaptation based on the novel by Jennifer E. Smith, streaming July 6!

The coming-of-age romantic movie follows Claire and Aidan who make a pact to break-up before heading off to college. With their pact showcasing them as the “poster children of modern relationships” the teens go on an epic final date to relive their firsts, in addition to the special places that defined their relationship. However when Aidan reveals his feelings for Claire, the two of them are left thinking about whether the relationship is their last chance to be together or whether its time to say goodbye.

Starring Jordan Fisher (Aidan) and Talia Ryder (Claire), Ayo Edebiri and Nico Hiraga, the film is directed by Michael Lewen, written by Amy Reed and Ben York Jones, in addition to Fisher and Smith who served as executive producers.

Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between running time is 1hr and 24 minutes and produced by ACE Entertainment, the same studio behind To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this irresistible novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions.

Hello, Goodbye And Everything In Between is releasing on July 6 with Netflix!

Adaptation News, Simon Teen

‘Love & Gelato’ Film Adaptation Headed To Netflix Summer 2022

On April 27 it was revealed through Netflix that Love & Gelato by NYT Bestselling author Jenna Evans Welch, would be getting the adaptation treatment with a film set to stream on the platform in June!

The streamer has pitched the movie as follows: “Lina is about to graduate high school and has her sights set on her future at MIT. But when her mom gets sick, she encourages Lina to follow in her footsteps and have “the summer of a lifetime” in Rome. Using her mom’s old diary as a guide, she explores the romantic and magical city, where she just might find love… and gelato, of course.”

Cast includes Susanna Skaggs (Lina), Anjelika Washington (Addie), Owen McDonnell as Howard (Lina’s father-type figure & friend of her mother) and Alex Boniello (Fleetwood Zach).

In addition to the film announcement, Netflix’s official blog, Tudum, also revealed an exclusive still of the film featuring Lina (Skaggs) and Addie (Washington) enjoying gelato on the streets of Rome.

As mentioned in Deadline, the project has been directed and written by Brandon Camp, alongside producers Viola Prestieri and Davide Bertoni, shot on location in Italy.

Other YA adaptations headed to the streaming service include: Along For The Ride (based on the novel by Sarah Dessen) and Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between (based on the novel by Jennifer E. Smith).

“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is go back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires her, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

Love & Gelato is premiering on Netflix June 22, 2022!

Adaptation News, Scholastic

‘Heartstopper’ Netflix Trailer Revealed

On March 16, Netflix dropped the first official teaser trailer for the highly-anticipated series Heartstopper, which has a release date of April 22!

Based on Alice Oseman’s 2018 webcomic, the series has been pitched as following Charlie Spring, Nick Nelson and their circle of friends “navigate the ever-relatable journey of self-discovery and acceptance, supporting each other as they learn to find their most authentic selves.”

The trailer presents Charlie (Joe Locke) and and rugby-playing Nick (Kit Connor) meeting at their secondary school discovering that their new-found friendship blossoms into an unexpected romance. Presenting their lives both in and outside of school, the trailer puts a focus on Charlie, his perspective in addition to that of his friends as he slowly begins falling for Nick.

An exclusive first look of stills from the series we’re posted by Netflix UK & Ireland on Twitter as of March 1.

On March 20, Oseman also revealed the tie-in cover for Volume one of the graphic novel alongside the original photoshoot. According to the thread, the tv tie-in edition will include “some excerpts of the TV scripts…”

Heartstopper’s adaptation will consist eight episodes for the first season, each episode at 30 minutes. Oseman has penned the series as screenwriter with Euros Lyn and production company See-Saw Films behind the project.

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

Heartstopper Volumes 1-4 by Alice Oseman are out now!

Cover Reveals, Little Brown Books For Young Readers

Kingdom Of The Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco Cover Reveal

On February 16, Frolic revealed the sequel cover to Kerri Maniscalco’s dark historical fantasy novel Kingdom Of The Wicked which will be titled Kingdom Of The Cursed.

Set in 19th century Italy, the novel follows Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria who are witches that must stay hidden to avoid persecution. However, when Vittoria is murdered, Emilia vows to find the killer and get vengeance. Soon, she finds Wrath, one of the Wicked princes who is tasked with solving a series of murders on the island.

Alongside the cover reveal was a Q&A with Maniscalco delving into what readers can expect in this sequel. In addition, her thoughts on the cover reflected the demon realm of the novel which is set in the winter. According to Maniscalco it captured the look of the demon realm which is “coated in ice [where] the world is stark and pale blue…,” the art department even captured her love of the gothic design.

On February 17 through Instagram, Maniscalco revealed that a Barnes & Noble edition for the sequel, alongside pre order incentives are still in the works.

In total there was a cover reveal, Q&A, and excerpt. Cover artist for the first novel was Liam Donnelly.

Two sisters.
One brutal murder.
A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…
And an intoxicating romance.

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…

Kingdom Of The Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco is set to be released October 5, 2021!

Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon Teen

These Violent Delights Sequel Title Reveal by Chloe Gong

As of January 13, Chloe Gong, New York Times Bestselling author of These Violent Delights announced the sequel title through a Twitter video which revealed Our Violent Ends.

The video, at only 24 seconds long, features a black screen with white flower motifs stating, “These Violent Delights have Violent Ends….” leading into the full title Our Violent Ends.

Gong’s historical fantasy debut is an imaginative Romeo & Juliet retelling set in Shanghai during the 1920’s. It follows former flapper Juliette Cai and Roma Montagov, her first love and betrayal. Cai is part of a criminal network above the law and Montagov is part of the rival gang, the White Flowers. However when danger arises, the two must work together before the city comes crumbling down.

Cover artist is Billelis. These Violent Delights was an instant NYT Bestseller, received over 4 starred reviews, and was even a Barnes & Noble Top 10 Best YA Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2020 pick.

Our Violent Ends is set to be released November 16, 2021.

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong is out now!

Adaptation News, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin Teen

The Wrath And The Dawn To Be Adapted For TV

On November 10, revealed through a Deadline exclusive, it was announced that Renée Ahdieh’s 2015 debut and #1 NYT Bestseller The Wrath And The Dawn has been optioned as a television series with 1212 Entertainment.

The media and entertainment company 1212 is teaming up with “former Bron Studios EVP of Domestic Television and ex-WME agent” Pippa Lambert alongside producers Roberto Grande and Joshua Long.

According to the article, it’s stated that Ahdieh’s fantasy novel will be in the works through Lambert’s recently launched production company, Hellcat.

Lambert shared that “Ahdieh weaves fresh gender narratives into her romantic and magical retelling of Arabian Nights to create a rich world that feels wholly original and modern. Shahrzad is a heroine I can’t wait to see on screen: clever, outspoken, loyal, an epic archer and an addicting storyteller. The TV adaptation of Ahdieh’s beloved novels will bring the classic tales to a new global audience in a spectacular and contemporary way.”

Ahdieh mentioned she is “thrilled” to see The Wrath And The Dawn come to life on screen. She also said “Tales like Aladdin and Ali Baba are already well-known, but there are so many beautiful and harrowing stories to share that younger generations may not be familiar with, many of them from all different parts of the world. This is a dream come true for me, and I can’t think of a better team to make it happen.”

1212 Entertainment is the production company behind ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’ and has also picked up House Of Salt And Sorrows by Erin A. Craig.

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

The Wrath And The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh is out now!

Adaptation News, Epic Reads, Harper Teen

The Selection Is Getting A Film Adaptation With Netflix!

On April 10, it was revealed exclusively through Variety that The Selection, the 2012 dystopian YA novel written by Kiera Cass, was picked up for a film adaption with Netflix!

According to the Variety article, Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour, known for the Netflix film Nappily Ever After, is attached to direct alongside Denise Di Novi and Pouya Shahbazian who will be producing.

Shahbazian shared that he’s “thrilled to be working with the brilliant Haifaa Al-Mansour and our friends at Netflix on this special film…having worked on some very high profile book adaptations, I’ve never before seen the fervor and passion that ‘The Selection’ fans have for the adaptation of Kiera Cass’ book series to film.”

It was also mentioned that Margaret French Isaac will serve as an executive producer.

No news yet as to casting or a release date.

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

The Selection by Kiera Cass is out now!

Book Editions, Flatiron Books

Caraval by Stephanie Garber Is Getting A Collector’s Edition

On March 27, Stephanie Garber revealed through her Instagram, that Caraval would be getting a Collector’s edition.

It will be packaged in a new cover and slipcase, contain exclusive bonus content including a scene from Julian’s POV, the original ending, pages straight from her writing journals, and a sneak peek of her upcoming book.

Garber even mentioned that on the cover of the case, it will have a die-cut keyhole. Below is a glimpse into the new edition. For INTL folks looking to get the edition, its available for pre-order through The Book Depository!

“I shared this on Instagram, but I wanted to share here as well. This #Caraval collector’s edition from @Flatironbooks has a die-cut keyhole, bonus material that includes a chapter from Julian’s POV, the original ending, pages from my notebooks, and a sneak peek of my new book!”

Stephanie Garber via Twitter

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic.

Caraval Collector’s Edition is set to be released October 13, 2020!

Cover Reveals, Entangled Teen

Crave by Tracy Wolff Exclusive Cover Reveal

Today on The Booked Shelf is a special cover reveal for an upcoming 2020 release from Entangled Teen!

The cover is for Crave by Tracy Wolff which is planned to be one of the publisher’s biggest YA Books of 2020!

Though a full summary has not yet been revealed,here’s a quick pitch to share a bit more on what to expect from this release:

Crave has been pitched as “a romantic and thrilling tale of forbidden love, about the undying battle between feeling nothing and feeling so much, it could destroy everyone you love…”

Here is the official cover reveal

Crave by Tracy Wolff is set to be released April 7, 2020!