YA Round Up: Villain Cast for The Maze Runner Sequel


Welcome to the YA Roundup, keeping you in the know with the latest YA news, book deals, releases and cover reveals!

This week covers more YA news for the follow-up to The Maze Runner, plus casting rumors for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and some Harry Potter fan fiction with a Christian twist. Yup. We couldn’t make this stuff up even if we tried.

 Aidan Gillen Joins The Maze Runner Sequel

Aidan Gillen, the actor who plays the devious character of Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish on Game of Thrones, will be taking up the mantle of Janson, the antagonist for The Maze Runner series.

Following the success of The Maze Runner (which isn’t even out of theatres yet), shooting for The Scorch Trials, the second film in the series, will begin October 2014. Fox has announced a theatrical release date for 18th September 2015. Maze Runner made $32.5 million on its US opening weekend, which may seem modest compared to The Hunger Games’ $152.5 millon, but was still enough to earn the No 1 place for the weekend.

Author James Dashner has also announced that he is writing a prequel novel for the series. The book, titled The Fever Code, will be published by Delacorte Press sometime in 2016.

According to a press release, the prequel “delves into the time before the Maze, and will tell the story of how Thomas, Teresa, and the Gladers found themselves in the Maze, and how the Maze itself was created.”



Peculiar Kids Coming to a Cinema Near You

Tim Burton is rumored to be courting Asa Butterfield for the lead role in his adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the NYT Bestseller by Ransom Riggs.

The Ender’s Game and Hugo star would potentially be playing Jacob, a boy who finds himself at an abandoned orphanage once run by Miss Peregrine (Eva Green), where his grandfather once lived. It becomes obvious that the children who lived there were possibly dangerous and were quarantined on the isolated island for a good reason. Production on the film begins in February 2015.


Harry Potter Gets a Christian Rewrite

Harry Potter

A Christian rewriting of Harry Potter has been uploaded onto FanFiction.Net, a site unilaterally known for deviously sexualised content of famous works.

The author, Grace Ann, wrote Hogwarts School of Prayers and Miracles so that her children and others of like-minded parents won’t turn into witches. How we all wish it actually worked that way.

‘Do you want your little ones to read books; and they want to read the Harry Potter Books; but you do not want them to turn into witches? Well—this is the story for you! This story has all the adventure of JKR’s books; but will not lead your children astray.’

Many have already reported that this may be a hoax or a parody, if only in the hopes that nobody truly has this great a lack of reading comprehension.

The tale begins when Hagrid, wearing what looks to poor Harry like a small ‘t’ on a necklace, rescues the boy from his atheist aunt and uncle who believe in the evils of evolution and birthdays. Harry then goes with Hagrid to attend Hogwarts School of Prayers and Miracles where he meets Reverend Dumbledore, his wife Minerva, and their daughter Hermione.

‘No, Aunt Petunia,’ he uttered calmly with childlike wisdom. ‘Evolution is not real. And I am going to Hogwarts.’

‘No, no, Harry,’ Aunt Petunia screeched desperately. ‘I have an idea. You can have a second birthday today. You like birthdays, right?’

‘Birthdays are not of God,’ Harry verbalized knowingly; and looked at his aunt with an innocent wisdom. ‘You tried to corrupt me; but it did not work. But I forgive you, Aunt Petunia; because of Luke 23:34.’

Honestly, all those athiests ever do is read Dawkins and have birthdays!

So far only eight chapters have been written with more promised on the way. I, for one, am looking forward to them just for the comedy value.


New York Times Best Sellers (October 5, 2014)

Young Adult

  1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  2. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  3. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  4. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
  5. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  6. Paper Towns by John Green
  7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  8. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  9. The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  10. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Children’s Series

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  3. Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
  4. Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans
  5. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  6. Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  7. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell
  8. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  9. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Book Deals

The Quiet Ones by Ellen Goodlett
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication: Fall 2016
Rights: North American
Agent: Bridget Smith of Dunham Literary

A reimagining of a Hawaiian myth, it features a narcoleptic teenager trying to reconstruct the events that occurred during one of her blackouts in order to solve her ex-girlfriend’s murder.


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