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Gallagher GirlsAfter waiting years—years! aaaaagh!—for things to move forward on the movie version of Ally Carter's "Heist Society" novels, we've now moved on to the "When it rains, it pours" portion of the YA adaptation news cycle: The Hollywood Reporter has some surprise, exciting dish on the Hollywood fate of Ally's other multi-book project, "Gallagher Girls"!

The newly formed Tonik Productions has snagged rights to the literary series in the hopes that it'll be a new multi-film franchise, featuring a web of sexy schoolgirl espionage so sleek and contemporary, it'll make James Bond look like a crotchety old dinosaur in a crusty tuxedo.

The "Gallagher Girls" story kicks off at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, where sophomore Cameron Ann Morgan is entering her fourth year of education. But this ain't no charm school, y'all: the Gallagher Academy is an elite institution for the training of young lady spies, with a direct line from its hallowed halls to the CIA's recruiting office. And while there's plenty of boarding-school drama and romantic subplots to contend with, the "Gallagher Girls" series is also all about hardcore lady empowerment, which the head honchos at Tonik say drew them to the series as a hot prospect for Hollywood.

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Ally CarterIf you haven't gotten your sticky fingers on a copy of Ally Carter's enjoyable "Heist Society," you may want to (lawfully) nab one because the long-gestating film version is gaining steam! As we reported yesterday, the movie rights for the novel have been acquired by Lionsgate and "Hunger Games" star Elizabeth Banks' Brownstone Productions (a venture with husband Max Handelman).

On the other hand, if you've been closely following teen thief Katarina's Bishop winding journey to the big screen, then you know the rights were originally purchased way back in 2011 by Warner Bros., with Drew Barrymore producing. But much has changed since that deal, so we hopped on the phone with Ally to get all the aca-awesome details. (Yes, there is a "Pitch Perfect" connection!)

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Heist SocietyWe haven't heard much about the big-screen adaptation of Ally Carter's "Heist Society" since news broke way back in July 2011 that Drew Barrymore would be producing the project through her Flower Films banner. Now, nearly two years later, we have an update...and a change of hands. (Sans stealing. We think.)

Deadline reports that Lionsgate has purchased the film rights to the 2010 novel on behalf of "Hunger Games" star Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's Brownstone Productions (otherwise known as the duo who brought you "Pitch Perfect").

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Ally CarterAs part of Hollywood Crush's Best YA Novel of 2012 poll, we've enlisted a handful of our favorite teen lit writers to weigh in on the tomes that touched them this year. Next up is Ally Carter, author of the "Heist Society" series.

In the spring of 2008 I had the opportunity to go on a retreat (in Ireland!) with 10 other writers, one of whom was Holly Black.

Holly.
Freaking.
Black.

Well, it took all of about five seconds to realize that Holly is one of the nicest people on the planet. About five seconds after that we both realized that we love to cook. What followed was a week of us hanging out in the kitchen, chopping and baking and, of course, talking books.

The day before I’d left for Ireland I’d turned the final draft of "Heist Society," a book about a teenager named Kat who has been raised in an infamous family of criminals but cons her way into a boarding school to try to find another life. I’d thought it was so different and fresh and unlike anything else in YA fiction. And then I started talking to Holly...

Who had recently finished a book called "White Cat" about a teenager who has grown up in an infamous family of criminals who cons his way into a boarding school to try to find another life.

Part of me was panicked. And part was just happy that a tiny piece of my brain could operate like Holly’s.

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Whether it's the boarding-school spies of "Gallagher Girls" or the cat-burgling cons of her swank and secretive "Heist Society," Ally Carter's books never fail to deliver a thrilling, glamorous peek into the world of wealthy, cultured kids living dangerous double lives. The only problem? You can only enjoy hanging with one of these groups at a time, because the Gallagher girls and the Heist Society never cross paths. Which is so disappointing! And which is why the teaser summary for Ally's brand new novella, "Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story," for which we have the EXCLUSIVE cover reveal right here, made us squee a little. Because:

In "Double Crossed," when Macey McHenry (glamorous society girl or spy-in-training?) and W.W. Hale V (heir to an American dynasty or master thief?) meet at a society gala, the party takes a dangerous turn. Suddenly they're at the center of a hostage situation, and it's up to them to stop the thugs from becoming hostile. Will Macey's spy skills and Hale's con-man ways be enough to outsmart a ruthless gang? Or will they have to seek out the ultimate inside girl to help?

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Perfect ScoundrelsKatarina Bishop's latest caper won't hit bookstore shelves until February 2013, but you don't have to wait until the new year to get your first look at the third novel in Ally Carter's best-selling "Heist Society" series. No, ma'am. We've snatched an EXCLUSIVE sneak peek at the book's cover, which includes its until-now under-lock-and-key title.

Without further ado, feast your eyes on..."Perfect Scoundrels"!

It's a pretty fitting title for the newest novel to follow our favorite teen thief and her dreamy sidekick Hale. And like "Heist Society" and "Uncommon Criminals" before it, "Perfect Scoundrel"'s book jacket features Kat looking all kinds of coy behind her signature shades. (Did you get a look at what—or who, rather—is reflected in those specs?)

Keep reading after the jump for "Perfect Scoundrels"' perfect synopsis!

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How did a movie titled "Young Adult" fly under our literature-loving radar for so long?

Thanks to Slash Films we're getting our first look at a curiously clad Charlize Theron as YA author Mavis Gary in the dramedy penned by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman.

According to the film's official synopsis, Mavis is "a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn’t quite gotten over high school, either."

Sounds like a promising premise to us (plus, we love us some Diablo Cody!). But this sneak peek got us wondering what real YA authors think of the film's storyline and Charlize's sad sartorial skills. Check out what they had to say after the jump!

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Move over, Danny Ocean. Make way for Katarina Bishop, the newest cat burglar on the block and heroine of Ally Carter's YA series "Heist Society." We've been not-so-patiently waiting for scoop about this adaptation ever since it was announced way back in February 2010 that Warner Bros. had purchased the film rights. The wait was well worth it because The Hollywood Reporter broke big news about the film last night: Drew Barrymore will produce and possibly direct!

The actress will produce through her Flower Films company in collaboration with screenwriter Shauna Cross (whom she also worked with on "Whip It"). We couldn't be more enthused about Drew's involvement considering how much we loved her girl-power roller derby drama, but we wanted to check in with author Ally to get her take on the amazing announcement. Check out our interview after the jump for all the scoop!

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