12 YA Books Coming to the Big Screen (or Netflix) in 2019

12 YA Books Coming to the Big Screen (or Netflix) in 2019


There are plenty of book-to-movie adaptations coming your way in 2019, but some of the most exciting projects are the YA books set to become films. Last year was huge for YA adaptations with movies like Love, Simon, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, and The Kissing Booth leaving fans of all ages swooning. While there are plenty of romantic adaptations coming your way in 2019, there's also a nightmarish anthology series heading to the big screen, a classic steampunk caper getting the Disney treatment, and so much more. Mark your calendars now, because it's looking like all of these YA films will be must-see.

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What it's about: A 16-year-old young artist named Lina faces the horrors of World War II as her family is deported to Siberia. The film adaptation is titled Ashes in the Snow. Who's starring: Bel Powley, Jonah Hauer-King, and Sophie Cookson. Release date: Jan. 11


What it's about: When his family can no longer pay the fee for him to attend school, a 13-year-old spends his days in the library where his thirst for knowledge gives him the ability to help his entire village. Who's starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor not only stars in the film; he's also the director. Other cast members include Maxwell Simba, Noma Dumezweni, and Aïssa Maïga. Release date: March 1 on Netflix.


What it's about: Stella is a teen dealing with seemingly endless hospital stays as she battles cystic fibrosis. Her life is full of routines and rules until she meets Will, who suffers from the same disease. The two have an instant connection, but to preserve their health they have to stay a safe distance apart at all times. Who's starring: Haley Lu Richardson plays Stella, and Riverdale's Cole Sprouse stars as Will. Release date: March 15


What it's about: As she enters her first year of college, Tessa Young's life changes forever when she meets Hardin Scott, a bad boy with a dark secret. Who's starring: Josephine Langford plays Tessa. The film also stars Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Peter Gallagher, and Selma Blair. Release date: April 12


What it's about: With just 24 hours left in New York before her family's deported to Jamaica, Natasha meets and falls hard for a boy named Daniel. Who's starring: Yara Shahidi stars as Natasha, alongside Charles Melton as Daniel. Release date: May 17


What it's about: Disney is adapting this beloved series about a 12-year-old genius who is descended from a long line of gifted thieves. Artemis finds himself drawn into an epic battle as he discovers a group of fairies may be connected to his father's disappearance. Who's starring: Newcomer Ferdia Shaw stars as Artemis alongside a star-studded cast that includes Judi Dench, Josh Gad, and Hong Chau. Release date: Aug. 9


What it's about: A group of teens are forced to face their deepest fears in order to save their town in this terrifying looking adaptation from horror legends Guillermo del Toro and André Øvredal. Who's starring: The film stars a mix of established actors and young newcomers including Lorraine Toussaint, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, and Dean Norris. Release date: Aug. 9


What it's about: Director Greta Gerwig is putting her own spin on the classic tale of the March sisters. Who's starring: Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, and Eliza Scanlen will play the iconic March sisters. They'll be joined by Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, and Timothée Chalamet. Release date: Dec. 25


What it's about: Two teens find solace in each other during dark times in their lives and bond over their desire to leave their small Indiana town. Who's starring: Elle Fanning and Justice Smith play the film's leads. They'll be joined by Keegan-Michael Key, Luke Wilson, and Alexandra Shipp. Release date: TBA by Netflix.


What it's about: A young girl who has been home-schooled her entire life faces judgment for her quirky ways when she starts attending high school in this beloved tale about nonconformity. Who's starring: Grace VanderWaal, Graham Verchere, and Giancarlo Esposito. Release date: TBA, but the film's slated to premiere on Disney's new streaming service Disney+.


What it's about: The follow-up to 2018's smash hit To All the Boys I've Loved Before, this is the next chapter in Peter and Lara Jean's romance. Who's starring: Lana Condor and Noah Centineo are confirmed to return. Release date: TBA, but it's expected in late 2019 on Netflix.


What it's about: A Christmas Eve snowstorm brings together teens in a small town. Who's starring: Kiernan Shipka, Shameik Moore, Odeya Rush, and more are set to star. Release date: TBA, but it's expected in late 2019 on Netflix.

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