21. THE BOOK THIEF, BY MARKUS ZUSAK (2006)

Status: Not in development

It was listed on The New York Times Children's Bestseller List for over 200 weeks, but for some reason no one has any intention on adapting Markus Zusak's brilliant novel, The Book Thief, for the screen. Narrated by Death, the book follows the life of a young girl named Liesel Meminger during WWII as she deals with her foster parents and a young Jewish boy who hides in their home as the war escalates.

Her habit of stealing books and sharing them with the neighborhood is the driving force of the story as Zusak expounds upon the power of reading throughout the novel. It might be a quaint little message, but in an increasingly digital world where great novels are being ignored in favor of tweets and Facebook statuses, it's a theme that needs to be explored. Even if it is explored on the screen.