5 YA novels that need to be (good) films

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli – An adorable and touching tale about a unique teen with an open heart, who is fearless of being herself, and the uncertain boy who is charmed by her. Apparently Nickelodeon bought the rights and Paul Feig of Freaks and Geeks notoriety was enlisted to adapt the script. Where is it?

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle – A socially awkward teen and her precocious four year old brother travel through time, with the help of three witches, to rescue their scientist father who is trapped in another dimension. There was a Disney TV movie but the characters were way too young and it was kind of lame. I’d like to see an indie version or even a Hollywood crack at it.

Flush by Carl Hiaasen – Set in South Florida, like most of Hiaasen’s stories, the son and daughter of a activist/political vigilante boating Captain take on their father’s quest to expose a casino boat that’s dumping sewage into local waters.

My Earth, My Butt and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler – A less then physically perfect teen who feels like an outcast in her cookie cutter family discovers her voice and the key to her own redemption when her brother is accused of date-rape.

Beautiful Girls by Beth Ann Bauman – This collection of short stories beautifully depicts coming-of-age through an array of female characters. Would be great as a series of vignettes or flushing out one of the stories for a full-length feature.


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