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Read It Before They Screen It: The Navigator and Zoe Lama

Literary agent Rob Kraitt is shopping around the new YA series from Eoin McNamee in the hopes of landing a movie deal.

The first book in the series is The Navigator, followed by City of Time, released this past June.

The series is "quite scary," according to Kraitt, and some adult themes crop up--our hero's father dies in book 1...and his mom is depressed. The Times review of Navigator said it "echoes The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter books."

"Excellent world-building, a thrilling and propulsive plot, internal consistency and a multitude of child heroes guarantee a following for this exciting fantasy," raves Kirkus Reviews.

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The latest kids' book from Tish Cohen is scheduled to be adapted into a Canadian television series.

The Invisible Rules of the Zoe Lama tells the story of a seventh-grader, Zoe Costello, who confidently and compassionately dispenses advice to friends and family before she faces her own difficult truths.

"Cohen handles the heavier elements of the plot with a light touch and gives her narrator an amusingly wry voice that will have readers rooting for her in spite of her naïveté," declares School Library Journal.

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Tavis adds content and edits images for Powells.com. His favorite books are original screenplays, and his favorite movies are based on books. Go figure.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. The Navigator
    Used Trade Paper $4.50
  2. City of Time Used Hardcover $1.98
  3. The Invisible Rules of the Zoe Lama
    Used Hardcover $10.50

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