Walden Media has a great reputation for turning young readers books into quality family films. First there was Holes, with then-relatively-unknown Shia LaBeouf. Since then, there's been Because of Winn-Dixie, The Chronicles of Narnia series, Charlotte's Web and Bridge to Terabitha. Sometimes the company makes less memorable adaptations, like Hoot and How to Eat Fried Worms, but mostly it has a good track record. I think it is safe to be optimistic about any kids' book they decide to turn into a movie. The latest they've announced is Savvy, a not-yet published novel by Ingrid Law. The book, which was picked up through a partnership Walden has with Penguin Young Readers Group, will hit stores next May. Although this will be Law's first physically published novel, she had previously authored and illustrated two e-books, "The Faerie Wedding Tale" and "A Quilt for Uncle Paul."
Savvy will tell of a family in which each member develops supernatural powers when he or she turns 13. However, a tragic accident hits the family right before the latest is about to reach her 13th birthday. I don't know what the accident is, but I'm guessing it involves the death or otherwise elimination of the rest of her family. Basically, I figure the adolescent girl has to figure out how to save the day without having yet gotten her powers. Of course, that sounds less fun. It sounds like Harry Potter having to defeat Voldemort before turning 11, or like the X-Men having to defeat Magneto before reaching puberty/mutant power age, or like Carrie having to deal with the cool kids without telekinesis. I think there are many other examples of characters acquiring super powers about the same time they hit puberty, but you get the picture. For a family film to be successful these days, magic or powers or some type of fantastic element has to be involved.