Community-Wide Reads: Young Adult Adaptations of Bestselling Books

By Kathryn Bhirud | December 22 2016 | Community & School Reads Adults Community & School Reads Kids

Many times, when communities consider books for a common reading experience, they are taking into account the entire makeup of their group or groups of people. This undoubtedly includes families with young children and/or teenagers, and what better way to bring this collective group together than to appeal to all age groups?

When a book becomes bestselling, it pervades a variety of subsets of community members – and it becomes a great choice for a community-wide reading selection as a result. Books like Boys in a Boat, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Mountains Beyond Mountains are all perfect examples of these selections. In recent years, book publishers have begun to release editions of books for different age groups. Here, for example, a community-wide program might spotlight an adult title and concurrently offer younger children and young adults an adapted version of the same book. The public library would provide copies of all editions, as well as multiple circulating copies for those who do not wish to own them.

Programming could be both overlapping and differentiated, with the concept of community broadening to residents at large, and narrowing to discussions around the family dinner table.

This extent of programming would require a lot of planning and publicity, but isn’t necessary – simply choosing a book with multiple editions appealing to different reading levels is a wonderful way to truly make it a common reading experience. Here are some suggested book titles to try: good luck and most importantly, have fun!

 

 

The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics
978-0-14-751685-5
Juvenile Nonfiction - History - United States - 20th Century
Juvenile Nonfiction - Sports & Recreation - Olympics
Juvenile Nonfiction - Sports & Recreation - Water Sports
The New York Times bestselling young readers adaptation of The Boys in the Boat, now in paperback with bonus content!
$10.99 US | $14.99 CAN
Aug 02, 2016
7 x 9
Paperback
256 Pages
Puffin Books
Age 10 and up
Grade 5 & Up
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
978-0-14-312547-1
Sports & Recreation - Olympics & Paralympics
History - United States - State & Local - Pacific Northwest (Or, Wa)
History - United States - 20th Century
Brown's "breathtaking" (The Seattle Times) book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.
$17.00 US | $23.00 CAN
May 27, 2014
5-1/2 x 8-7/16
Paperback
416 Pages
Penguin Books
US, Canada, Open Mkt

An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
978-0-385-74251-1
Young Adult Nonfiction - Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Young Adult Nonfiction - History - Military & Wars
Young Adult Nonfiction - Sports & Recreation - Olympics & Paralympics
The #1 New York Times bestseller--soon to be a major motion picture--has now been adapted by the author for young adults. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this riveting biography includes more than 100 black-and-white photos.
$19.99 US | $23.99 CAN
Nov 11, 2014
7 x 9
Hardcover
320 Pages
Delacorte Press
Age 12 and up
Grade 7 & Up
US, Canada, Open Mkt

A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
978-0-8129-7449-2
Biography & Autobiography - Military
Biography & Autobiography - Sports
History - Military - World War II
In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.
$16.00 US | $19.00 CAN
Jul 29, 2014
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
528 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids
978-0-14-750992-5
Juvenile Nonfiction - Social Science - Psychology
Juvenile Nonfiction - Social Topics - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Juvenile Nonfiction - Social Topics - Emotions & Feelings
Ideal for parents and teachers of quiet kids, the monumental bestseller Quiet has been recast in a new edition that focuses on introverted kids and teens.
$9.99 US
May 02, 2017
5-1/16 x 7-3/4
Paperback
288 Pages
Puffin Books
Age 10 and up
Grade 5 & Up
US, Opn Mkt (no CAN)

The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
978-0-307-35215-6
Psychology - Personality
Psychology - Creative Ability
Self-Help - Personal Growth - Success
A paradigm-shifting book that shows how dramatically our culture has come to misunderstand and undervalue introverts and gives introverts the tools to take full advantage of their strengths
$17.00 US | $23.00 CAN
Jan 29, 2013
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
368 Pages
Broadway Books
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Picture Book Edition
978-0-8037-3511-8
Juvenile Nonfiction - Biography & Autobiography - General
Juvenile Nonfiction - People & Places - Africa
Juvenile Nonfiction - Science & Nature - Experiments & Projects
When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library . . . and figured out how to bring electricity to his village. Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps, and thus became the local hero who harnessed the wind.
$17.99 US | $19.00 CAN
Jan 19, 2012
9 x 11
Hardcover
32 Pages
Dial Books
Age 6-8 years
Grades 1-3
World

978-0-14-751042-6
Juvenile Nonfiction - Biography & Autobiography - Science & Technology
Juvenile Nonfiction - People & Places - Africa
Juvenile Nonfiction - Technology - Electricity & Electronics
The New York Times bestselling memoir of the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village adapted for young readers.
$8.99 US | $11.99 CAN
Jan 05, 2016
5-1/16 x 7-3/4
Paperback
304 Pages
Puffin Books
Age 10 and up
Grade 5 & Up
World

The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother
978-0-385-74328-0
Young Adult Nonfiction - Social Topics - Emigration & Immigration
Young Adult Nonfiction - Family - Parents
Young Adult Nonfiction - People & Places - Caribbean & Latin America
Based on and rewritten from the Random House adult work Enrique's Journey by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario.
$9.99 US | $10.99 CAN
Aug 05, 2014
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
288 Pages
Ember
Age 12 and up
Grade 7 & Up
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother
978-0-8129-7178-1
Social Science - Emigration & Immigration
History - Latin America - Central America
Biography & Autobiography - Cultural Heritage
In this astonishing true story, award-winning journalist Sonia Nazario recounts the unforgettable odyssey of a Honduran boy who braves unimaginable hardship and peril to reach his mother in the United States.
$17.00 US | $23.00 CAN
Jan 02, 2007
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
400 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Young Readers Edition
978-1-101-99383-5
Juvenile Nonfiction - Health & Daily Living - Diet & Nutrition
Juvenile Nonfiction - Health & Daily Living - Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
Juvenile Nonfiction - People & Places - United States - General
The New York Times bestseller that’s changing America’s diet is now perfect for younger readers 
$9.99 US | $11.99 CAN
Aug 04, 2015
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
400 Pages
Dial Books
Age 10 and up
Grade 5 & Up
World

A Natural History of Four Meals
978-0-14-303858-0
Health & Fitness - Diet & Nutrition - Nutrition
Social Science - Agriculture&Food (See Also Political Science-Public Policy-Agriculture&Food Policy)
Cooking - History
Repackaged for its tenth anniversary, The Omnivore's Dilemma continues to revolutionize the way Americans think about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating
$18.00 US | $24.00 CAN
Aug 28, 2007
5-1/2 x 8-7/16
Paperback
480 Pages
Penguin Books
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
978-0-385-74319-8
Young Adult Nonfiction - Biography & Autobiography - Science & Technology
Young Adult Nonfiction - Social Topics - Values & Virtues
Young Adult Nonfiction - Health & Daily Living - Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
The inspirational true story of Dr. Paul Farmer, whose humanity and dedication to a global cause led him to make a difference in the world of healthcare and disease, especially in Haiti.
$9.99 US | $13.99 CAN
Apr 08, 2014
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
288 Pages
Ember
Age 12 and up
Grade 7 & Up
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
978-0-8129-8055-4
Biography & Autobiography - Medical
Medical - Diseases
Social Science - Disease & Health Issues
A beautiful new Deluxe Edition of this brilliant New York Times bestseller by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder, includes new material
$20.00 US | $27.00 CAN
Aug 25, 2009
5-5/8 x 8-1/4
Paperback
352 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks
US, Canada, Open Mkt

978-0-385-74168-2
Young Adult Nonfiction - Biography & Autobiography - Cultural Heritage
Young Adult Nonfiction - People & Places - United States - African American
Young Adult Nonfiction - Boys & Men
Restructured from his bestselling adult memoir, Wes Moore offers a vivid and powerful memoir for young people that focuses on the factors--both good and bad--that influenced him, especially in his formative years.
$8.99 US | $9.99 CAN
Sep 10, 2013
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
176 Pages
Ember
Age 12 and up
Grade 7 & Up
US, Canada, Open Mkt

One Name, Two Fates
978-0-385-52820-7
Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs
Social Science - Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Social Science - Minority Studies
Two boys with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two young men and the journey of a generation.
$16.00 US | $21.00 CAN
Jan 11, 2011
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
272 Pages
Spiegel & Grau
World

The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town
978-0-385-74195-8
Young Adult Nonfiction - Social Topics - Emigration & Immigration
Young Adult Nonfiction - Sports & Recreation - Soccer
Young Adult Nonfiction - Biography & Autobiography - Social Activists
The true story of a refugee youth soccer team that changed a town.
$9.99 US | $13.99 CAN
Sep 10, 2013
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
240 Pages
Ember
Age 12 and up
Grade 7 & Up
World

An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference
978-0-385-52204-5
Social Science - Emigration & Immigration
Sports & Recreation - Soccer
Sports & Recreation - Sociology Of Sports
Outcasts United is the story of a refugee soccer team, a remarkable woman coach and a small southern town turned upside down by the process of refugee resettlement.
$16.00 US | $21.00 CAN
Dec 01, 2009
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
336 Pages
Spiegel & Grau
US, Canada, Open Mkt