Books at Berlinale to Put Children's Titles in Focus

'A Robot in the Garden'

Deborah Install's 'A Robot in the Garden,' Mark Powers' 'Spy Toys' among the youth-skewing novels chasing adaptation opportunities at this year's co-production market.

For its 10th anniversary, Books at Berlinale, the literary rights section of the Berlin Film Festival's co-production market, is targeting the youth demographic.

Of the 11 literary titles selected to take part in this year's event, where producers, literary agents and publishing houses meet to network and talk about possible page-to-screen adaptations, several are children's and youth novels.

These include A Robot in the Garden, the debut novel from British writer Deborah Install about a man who befriends a broken robot in his backyard; Mark Powers' action-packed Spy Toys, about a group of superpowered reject toys that fight crime; and Austrian author Christine Nostlinger's Conrad: The Factory-Made Boy, a German-language novel in which a woman receives a package containing a dwarf inside a tin can.

This year's Books at Berlinale section is broad in genre and scope, from Guy Delisle's graphic novel Run Away; to Ernest van der Kwast's The Ice-Cream Makers, a story about Italian gelato sellers in Rotterdam; to Meltem Yilmaz’s novel Soraya, about a young, female Syrian refugee.

The other books picked for their “outstanding potential for adaptation to the big screen” include The Trick from German writer Emanuel Bergmann; Philipp Winkler's Hool; the Spanish novel Poppyseed Lemon Cake from writer Cristina Campos; Nino Haratischwili's family epic The Eighth Life (For Brilka); and crime drama The Eyes of the Lake from Swedish author Jessica Schiefauer.

The 2016 Books at Berlinale will take place Feb. 16 at the Berlin Film Festival's co-production market. Interested producers, publishers and literary agents can register for the event before Feb. 10 at