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Discover books from 2020 that made their way to the screen!

All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places By Jennifer Niven

This New York Times bestselling love story about two teens who find each other while standing on the edge is now a Netflix film starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith!

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might die. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the "natural wonders" of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself--a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who's not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink.

"A do-not-miss for fans of Eleanor & Park and The Fault in Our Stars, and basically anyone who can breathe." --Justine Magazine

"At the heart--a big one--of All the Bright Places lies a charming love story about this unlikely and endearing pair of broken teenagers." --The New York Times Book Review

"A heart-rending, stylish love story." --The Wall Street Journal

"A complex love story that will bring all the feels." --Seventeen Magazine

"Impressively layered, lived-in, and real." --Buzzfeed

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (Netflix Series Tie-In Edition)

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (Netflix Series Tie-In Edition) By Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Now a Netflix original series starring Austin Abrams and Midori Francis! A whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist.

Lily left a red notebook full of challenges on her favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. Dash, in a bad mood during the holidays, happens to be the first guy to pick up the notebook and rise to its challenges. What follows is a whirlwind romance as Dash and Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City. But can their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions, or will their scavenger hunt end in a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (HBO Tie-In Edition)

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (HBO Tie-In Edition) By Philip Pullman

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller hailed as one of the best books of all time, is now the basis for an HBO original series, starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

An Entertainment Weekly "All-Time Greatest Novel"
A Newsweek "Top 100 Book of All Time"


Philip Pullman takes readers to a world where humans have animal familiars and where parallel universes are within reach.

A war is brewing in Lyra's world--a battle between those who would keep people in ignorance and those who are willing to fight for true freedom. Lyra is thrust into the middle of the conflict when her uncle Asriel comes to Oxford, fomenting rebellion, and when her best friend, Roger, suddenly disappears.

Lyra learns that Roger was kidnapped by a shadowy organization that steals children and, it is rumored, experiments on them. To find him, she will travel to the cold, far North, where armored bears and witch clans rule . . . and where her uncle Asriel is attempting to build a bridge to a parallel world.

What Lyra doesn't know, mustn't know, is that her actions will have consequences not just in her world, but in all the worlds beyond.

A masterwork of storytelling and suspense, Philip Pullman's award-winning The Golden Compass is the first in the His Dark Materials series, which continues with The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

Don't miss Philip Pullman's epic new trilogy set in the world of His Dark Materials!
** THE BOOK OF DUST **
La Belle Sauvage
The Secret Commonwealth

Stargirl Movie Tie-In Edition

Stargirl Movie Tie-In Edition By Jerry Spinelli

This beloved celebration of individuality is now an original movie on Disney+!

A
modern-day classic and New York Times bestseller from Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli. And don't miss the author's highly anticipated new novel, Dead Wednesday!

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of "Stargirl, Stargirl." She captures Leo Borlock' s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first.

Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.

"Spinelli has produced a poetic allegorical tale about the magnificence and rarity of true nonconformity." -- The New York Times

The War with Grandpa Movie Tie-in Edition

The War with Grandpa Movie Tie-in Edition By Robert Kimmel Smith

Don't miss the laugh-out-loud classic about a boy who leaps into battle when he's forced to share a room with his grandfather--now a major motion picture starring Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Jane Seymour, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, and Oakes Fegley!

Peter is thrilled that Grandpa Jack is coming to live with his family. That is, until Grandpa Jack moves right into Peter's room. Like any grandson, he loves his grandpa, but...he wants his room back. Now Peter has no choice--he declares war!

Peter begins to devise outrageous plots with the help of his friends to make Grandpa surrender the room. But even though the pranks escalate, Grandpa Jack is tougher than he looks. Rather than give in, Grandpa Jack plans to get even. They used to be such great pals, but Peter is now wondering--has their war gone too far?

WINNER OF 10 STATE READING AWARDS!
AN IRA-CBC CHILDREN'S CHOICE

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