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Books to Read Before They're Movies in 2017
Hollywood's love affair with books isn't showing any signs of stopping in 2017. Big movie hits like the Harry Potter franchise, the Hunger Games trilogy, Coraline, and The Fault in Our Stars show just how successful film adaptations of kids' books can be. Will the movie versions be better than the books? There's only one way to find out: Read 'em before you see 'em. Check out the list of what's headed for the big screen in 2017.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (in theaters March 3; targeted to teens)
A teen girl discovers she died in a car accident and relives the 24 hours before the crash over and over. Each time, she examines what she might have done differently to alter the outcome and save her life. The film adaptation of this popular young adult novel stars Zoey Deutch and Jennifer Beals.
The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee (in theaters March 31; targeted to kids)
This very funny picture book imagines a new baby as a demanding boss -- complete with suit, tie, and briefcase -- who keeps his parents hopping to meet his every need. DreamWorks' 3D animated adaptation, directed by Tom McGrath (Madagascar), has Alec Baldwin voicing the baby and Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow as his parents.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney (in theaters May 19; targeted to kids)
In the ninth book in the popular Wimpy Kid graphic novel series, Greg is stuck on a hilariously disastrous family road trip where things don't go at all according to plan. The film adaptation, directed by David Bowers (The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules), stars Alicia Silverstone as Greg's mom and Jason Drucker as Greg.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (in theaters May 19; targeted to teens)
A teen girl who can never leave her house because she's allergic to just about everything falls in love with the new boy next door and starts taking risks in this compelling romance/coming-of-age story. The film adaptation of this young adult novel stars Taylor Hickson (Deadpool) and Nick Robinson (Jurassic World, The 5th Wave).
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey (in theaters June 2; targeted to kids)
This first book in the best-selling graphic novel series centers on two mischievous elementary school boys who create a mock comic book superhero based on their school principal. DreamWorks' animated adaptation, titled simply Captain Underpants, features the voice talents of Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, and Kristen Schaal. It's directed by David Soren (Turbo, Shark Tale).
Wonder by R.J. Palacio (in theaters November 17; targeted to kids)
This beloved middle-grade novel is about Auggie, a boy with a congenital facial deformity who, after being homeschooled his whole life, enters fifth grade at a private school. It deals with bullying and typical middle school drama as it tells the story of the entire school year in multiple voices. The film adaptation, directed by Stephen Scbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as Auggie's parents, Mandy Patinkin as the director of the school, Daveed Diggs as Auggie's understanding teacher, and Jacob Tremblay (Room) as Auggie.