In 2008, Scholastic UK published Ways to Live Forever
, a debut novel by then-23-year-old Sally Nichols. A powerful tale about a terminally ill 11-year-old told through a collection of journal entries, lists, questions, and pictures, the book touched readers around the world so much so that it became a bestseller and snagged a host of awards, including the 2008 Waterstones Childrens Book prize. Readers in the US were clamoring for the title, too, and later that year, Scholastic published the American version through Arthur A. Levine Books.
But when a story is that great, the book, of course, lives on. Scholastic is now publishing a movie tie-in ebook edition of Ways to Live Forever
(available from major book retailers as well as from Scholastic on Storia!).
and the book is also coming to a theater near you!
Ways to Live Forever hits theaters in the U.S. this summer, but its already been released in the UK and Europe where like its literary counterpart its earned awards and rave reviews. Perhaps even better, though, are the films charitable efforts. Because the main character in both the book and the movie is battling leukemia, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) partnered with World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation to help fight childhood cancers through the film; a portion of the films proceeds will benefit LLS and other cancer-related organizations.
There are many amazing books coming to the big screen this year, and were adding Ways to Live Forever
to the top of that list, for sure. Check out the trailer below, the press release here, and find the latest information on its Facebook and Twitter.