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On the Big Screen

This week marks the end of an era: the last Harry Potter movie is being released in theaters! While you’re recovering from the midnight showing, or if you and your friends need something to read and watch instead of the latest Potter installment, check out these other teen titles that made it to the big screen.

  • Boyne, John. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. YA BOY (DVD BOY): After moving to “Out-With,” Germany, Bruno decides to cure his boredom by exploring the area. When he meets a boy named Shmuel living on the other side of a wire fence, he begins a friendship that touches and haunts him for the rest of his life.
  • Brashares, Ann. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. YA BRA (DVD SIST): Four best friends are heading their separate ways for the summer, but during one last shopping trip before they part, the girls discover a pair of seemingly magic jeans that keeps them connected.
  • Cabot, Meg. Princess Diaries. YA CAB (VHS PRIN): In the first installment of the Princess Diaries series, Mia gets quite the shock when she learns that she’s not just an average teen—she’s a teen who happens to be the only heir of a prince, making her the princess of a small country.
  • Cross, Shauna. Whip It. YA CRO (DVD WHIP): Bliss is just a small town girl...whose mom wants her to compete in beauty pageants. Bliss has a different idea, and in a spurt of rebellion, she tries out for a local roller derby team.
  • Doyle, Larry. I Love You Beth Cooper. FIC DOY (DVD I): Denis decides to declare his love for the most popular girl in school during his valedictorian speech. His plan backfires, leading to a graduation night that’s far from what they expected.
  • Flinn, Alex. Beastly. YA FLI: In this retelling of Beauty and the Beast, popular high-school student Kyle embarrasses the wrong girl at a school dance. She casts a spell on Kyle, turning him into a beast until he falls in love with someone who will also love him for what’s on the inside.
  • Gaiman, Neil. Coraline. YA GAI (DVD CORA): As the victim of extreme boredom, Coraline decides to explore her new home, a choice that leads her to discover an alternate, disturbing world that presents her with a frightening challenge.
  • Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot. YA HIA (DVD HOOT) YA HIA: As the new kid school, Roy’s life in his new home in Florida starts off pretty boring. But, after he sees a mysterious running boy, things get a little more interesting. Soon, he and his eccentric new friends set out to save an endangered group of owls.
  • Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders. YA HIN: After their parents die, three brothers are forced to find a new identity for themselves, learning about rival gangs, uncovering the truth about different social groups, and truly knowing what it means to be an outsider.
  • Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. J LEW (DVD CHRO): Lucy and her three brothers and sisters discover a magic world within the doors of a wardrobe. In Narnia, the four children are asked to help Aslan the lion conquer the White Witch and lift the curse on the land.
  • Lore, Pittacus. I Am Number Four. (DVD I) YA LOR (new): John has been hiding on Earth for years, trying to avoid the aliens who are determined to destroy him and the other surviving Loric children. But, when he stops in Ohio, he finds it hard to leave the happy life he’s created and move on to fulfill his original task.
  • Meyer, Stephanie. Twilight. (DVD TWI) YA MEY: After Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington, she becomes lab partners with one of the most mysterious people in school: Edward Cullen. She soon learns the truth about Edward, and soon their romance puts her life in danger in more ways than one.
  • Paolini, Christopher. Eragon. SCI FI PAO: After finding a blue stone, Eragon starts his adventure as a Dragon Rider. In this first installment of the Inheritance series, Eragon begins a journey in which he encounters magic, tragedy, and action-packed battles.
  • Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief. (DVD PERC) YA RIO: Percy Jackson is in trouble: he’s getting kicked out of school, mythical monsters keep showing up, and he learns he’s the son of the god of the sea. Now, it’s up to him and his new friends to stop war from erupting between the gods.
  • Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. (DVD HARR) J ROW: After Harry Potter’s parents died, he was sent to live with his miserable relatives. Things start looking up (and also very confusing) for Harry when he discovers that he’s actually a wizard.
  • Sachar, Louis. Holes. (DVD HOLE) YA SAC: Stanley becomes the brunt of his family’s curse when he is sent to Camp Green Lake, a camp for juvenile offenders that revolves around one activity, and one activity only: digging holes.
  • Tolkien, J.R.R. The Fellowship of the Ring. (DVD LORD) YA TOL: In this first part of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, learn about the power of the One ring and the ultimate clash between good and evil.
  • Van Draanen, Wendelin. Flipped. (DVD FLIP) YA VAN: Juli adores Bryce; Bryce avoids Juli. After knowing each other for six years, the two teens’ feelings start to drastically change. Learn each side of the story through alternating chapters told from both characters’ points of view.