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BKLYN BookMatch 2016 Challenge: Read Before Watching - Hitting the Screen in 2016

Challenge yourself in 2016! Read these books before their stories hit the big (and small) screen. This list was created by librarians with the Brooklyn Public Library as a 2016 Reading Challenge. Would you like your own personalized list of reading suggestions? Visit BKLYN BookMatch

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The 5th Wave

Rick Yancey. |

Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them. The first of the movies on this list to air, it arrives on screens January 22. Also available as an audio download. YA.

Pride and prejudice and zombies

by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. |

As a mysterious plague falls upon the village of Meryton and zombies start rising from the dead, Elizabeth Bennett is determined to destroy the evil menace, but becomes distracted by the arrival of the dashing and arrogant Mr. Darcy. In theaters February 5th. Also available as an ebook, or as downloadable audio.

Pride and prejudice

by Jane Austen. |

And for those who prefer the Zombie-free version… When the wealthy and very eligible bachelor Charles Bingley purchases an estate in the Bennets' small town, he and the beautiful Jane immediately fall in love. But Bingley's arrogant friend Darcy just as quickly alienates Lizzy when she overhears him speaking dismissively of her. These first impressions have lasting repercussions for Jane, Elizabeth, and their whole family.

The great Gilly Hopkins

Katherine Paterson. |

An eleven-year-old foster child tries to cope with her longings and fears as she schemes against everyone who tries to be friendly. In theaters February 19th. Also available as an ebook, or as downloadable audio. Kids.

The little prince

written and illustrated by Antoine de Saint-Exupery ; translated from the French by Richard Howard. |

An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life. The animated version of this classic story has already done well in France, and comes to US theaters on March 18th. Kids.

The jungle book

Rudyard Kipling ; introduced by Christopher Paolini ; illustrations by Alan Langford. |

A children's classic, featuring Mowgli, the Indian boy brought up by wolves in the jungle, his companions, Baloo and Bagheera, and his enemy, Shere Khan. The latest adaptation of this book hits theaters on April 15. Also available in Large Print, ebook and downloadable audio editions. Kids.


Roald Dahl ; illustrated by Quentin Blake. |

Kidsnatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant) who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts a plan with him to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants. This Steven Spielberg helmed adaptation of the beloved classic, with score by John Williams, arrives July 1. Kids.

The girl on the train

Paula Hawkins. |

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? In theaters October 7th. Also available in Large Print, ebook and downloadable audio editions.

A monster calls

by Patrick Ness. |

Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss. In theaters October 14th. Also available as an ebook. YA.


Dan Brown. |

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante's Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Ron Howard and Tom Hanks return on October 14th for the third installment of the Robert Langdon Series of movies based on Dan Brown’s books. Also available as an ebook and audio download.

Billy Lynn's long halftime walk

Ben Fountain. |

A satire set in Texas during America's war in Iraq that explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad. Follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive "Victory Tour" at Texas Stadium, football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters, and cheerleaders. In theaters November 11th. Also available as an audio download.

Fantastic beasts and where to find them

Newt Scamander ; special edition with a foreword by Albus Dumbledore. |

A description of beasts, believed by Muggles to be mythical, like the Quintaped, the Puffskein, and the Knarl. The movie, first in a trilogy based on the characters contained in this , returns to the world of Harry Potter on November 18. Kids.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs. |

After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there. Directed by Tim Burton, the film should barely squeak into 2016 on December 25th. Also available as an audio download, and as a graphic novel adaptation. YA.

The lost city of Z

David Grann. |

In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called “The Lost City of Z.” Scheduled for release in 2016. Available in audio and Large Print formats as well.

The family Fang

Kevin Wilson. |

Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist's work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents' madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents' strange world. Scheduled for release in 2016. Available as an ebook as well.

The circle

Dave Eggers. |

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. Scheduled for release in 2016. Available in Large Print, ebook and downloadable audio formats as well.

The light between oceans

M.L. Stedman. |

Moving his young bride to an isolated lighthouse home on Australia's Janus Rock, where the couple suffers miscarriages and a stillbirth, Tom allows his wife to claim an infant who has washed up on the shore only to witness a rift in their marriage. Scheduled for release in 2016. Available in ebook and downloadable audio formats as well.


by Shåusaku Endåo ; translated by William Johnston. |

Sustained by dreams of glorious martyrdom, a seventeenth-century Portuguese missionary in Japan administers to the outlawed Christians until Japanese authorities capture him and force him to watch the torture of his followers, promising to stop if he will renounce Christ. Scheduled for release in 2016.

The magicians

Lev Grossman. |

As a senior in high school Quentin Coldwater became preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. After graduating from college he is admitted into a highly exclusive, secret society of magic in upstate New York… This small screen adaptation of the book begins airing on SyFy on January 25th. Also available in Large Print and audio formats.


Stephen King. |

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? The author's new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination. Another small screen adaptation, this time from hulu, scheduled to begin airing February 15th. Also available in Large Print, audio and ebook formats.

Thirteen reasons why

by Jay Asher. |

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death. No final date for this show has yet been released, but it is supposed to begin airing on Netflix in 2016. Also available in audio and ebook form. YA.