From the press release:
Los Angeles, CA — 17 May 2019:At C21 LA, Awesome Media & Entertainment Ltd. (Awesome), the creative content company founded by writer-producer Jeff Norton, has optioned the media rights to THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE, by Texas-based YA author Cheyanne Young.
Published by KCP Loft, the YA imprint of award-winning children’s book publisher Kids Can Press, THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE was adored by reviewers when it was published last year, with comparisons to YA superstars John Green and Sarah Dessen among the accolades.
Awesome will immediately begin developing THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE for television. The deal marks Awesome’s second major literary acquisition since taking investment from global content company Kew Media Group. With Kew’s backing, Awesome is ramping up its scripted development of book-based IP.
Executive Producer Jeff Norton says: “I immediately fell in love with Cheyanne Young’s incredible cast of characters and the book’s poignant, down-the-rabbit-hole mystery. This is the heartbreaking yet hopeful and uplifting story that we all need right now. Sasha Cade restores one’s faith in the goodness of humanity and exemplifies the courage and kindness within today’s teenagers.”
In THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE, high school senior Raquel is overcome with grief following the death of her very best friend, Sasha, who had been battling cancer. Soon Raquel receives a letter from her late friend that sends her on a series of scavenger hunts and adventures with a handsome stranger — all leading Raquel to wonder if she knew the real Sasha at all.
“I am humbled and thrilled to see my characters brought to life on screen,”said author Cheyanne Young.“I hope the message of friendship will leave a lasting impression on everyone who sees it.”
Kids Can Press, a leading children’s book publisher based in Toronto, has enjoyed a long history of shepherding books to screen, most recently with Nelvana’s animated short film adaptation of Ashley Spires’s bestselling picture book The Most Magnificent Thing, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.
Lisa Lyons Johnston, President and Publisher, Kids Can Press, says: “The moment I finished reading the manuscript for THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE, I knew it would make a brilliant transition from page to screen with all the elements of heartbreak, intrigue and romance beautifully woven through Cheyanne’s story. We’re delighted that Awesome recognized that potential, too.”