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Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You. December 2017 Edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
read it first in big white cursive letters against a purple theater movie curtain illustration. Spotlight shining on the title as well.

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen. But if you don't know your beloved series is coming out as a movie or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The library to the rescue! Here we will be exploring the movie adaptations soon to hit your local theatres and give you the chance to read before you view.

Coming this December

Tribes of Palos Verdes

Release Date - December 1, 2017

Newcomer High School student Medina has a lot to contend with when she moves into the rich and elite community of Palos Verdes. Finding your place in a new school and neighborhood is hard enough, but this move has exposed deep conflicts between her loved ones as well. As she watches her family fall apart around her, Medina finds refuge in the waves. 

book cover for tribes of palo verdes


White King (Dragoman)

Release Date - December 5, 2017

Djata’s whole world is turned upside down when his father is dragged away to a forced labor camp and his mother finds herself helpless in the face of this injustice. Even as he tries, in vain, to fill his father’s shoes, Djata struggles through the terrifying world of unpredictable and casual violence that is life under the thumb of a totalitarian regime. While the circumstances may be tragic, Dragoman provides a quirky and often darkly humorous tone to this coming of age tale.

white king book cover


The Disaster Artist

Release Date - December 8, 2017

A movie based off a book about a movie. “The Room” was an underground classic written, directed, and produced by Tommy Wiseau. With seemingly no knowledge of filmmaking and a confusingly abundant supply of funds, Wiseau created what has been referred to as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies.” Greg Sestero, a former classmate and friend of Wiseau’s, provides a first hand account of this cinematic feat. 

book cover for the disaster artist



Release Date - December 15, 2017

Ferdinand the bull does not want to fight. While the other young bulls butt heads, he is content to sit under the trees and smell the flowers. But when he is stung by a bee, his fearful running and jumping is confused for aggressive vigor and he is sent to the bullfighting ring in Madrid. What will this peaceful soul do in the face of such violent sport? This tale of defying stereotypes and being true to one’s nature is a beloved children’s classic. 


children's book cover of Ferdinand.



Release Date - December 20, 2017

Bored siblings Judy and Peter discover an old board game one afternoon with the mysterious warning, “Do not begin unless you intend to finish.” As they play, the dangers they encounter on the board appear in real life! Can they win the game before their house and neighborhood are destroyed? Chris Van Allsburg’s classic children’s picture book gets a second (loosely based) cinematic adaptation.

black and white children's book cover of Jumani.  Illustration of monkeys jumping on the bed


Crooked House

Release Date - December 22, 2017

The Leonides family, a hodgepodge of family members from many generations, all live under the rule of the wealthy patriarch Aristide. When Aristide dies, poisoned by his own medicine, his granddaughter Sophie enlists the help of her fiance and his father, the Assistant Commissioner of  Scotland Yard, to find the killer. With all family members standing to gain from Aristide’s demise, Inspector Hayward has his work cut out for him. 

Front book cover of Crooked House


All The Money In The World  (Book: Painfully Rich by John Pearson)

Release Date - December 22, 2017

While today the name Getty is most commonly associated with philanthropy, there is a less than rosy past lurking not too far behind. Beginning with the patriarch J. Paul Getty, two generations of the family embodied the idea that money cannot buy happiness. Be it drug addiction, suicide, kidnapping or disinheritance, the Gettys self destructed in the public eye. John Pearson’s book is an in depth look at the trials and tribulations of this famous family. 


painfully rich book cover