Julie Murphy’s DEAR SWEET PEA Optioned By Disney

Dumplin’ author Julie Murphy‘s first middle grade title, Dear Sweet Pea, was just released last week, but it’s already going places– like to the Disney Channel!

As Disney Channel works to reincorporate a regular slate of original movies like it did in the late 90s and early 2000s, it looks like Dear Sweet Pea is slated to join the new line-up, according to Deadline.

The novel follows Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco, a 13-year-old whose life feels torn apart when her parents announce their divorce. When she’s asked to collect the mail of her advice columnist neighbor while she’s away, Sweet Pea gets a radical idea of her own: To open the requests for advice and answer them herself. Along the way, Sweet Pea learns more about herself and the people in her small Texas town than she ever expected.

Both parties involved seem pretty excited about the news… though in different ways!

“The emotional journey that Julie Murphy takes readers on in Dear Sweet Pea has all of the elements that deliver authentic and relatable storytelling for today’s kids and families. The themes of self-discovery and navigating the new normal of a nontraditional family echo Disney Channel’s commitment to entertaining and inspiring programming.”

Lauren Kisilevsky, VP of Original Movies for Disney Channel

This is Julie Murphy’s second book to earn a screen adaptation– Dumplin’ is a Netflix original film available now.

Dear Sweet Pea, the novel, is currently available via Amazon or wherever books are sold.

By Kait

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary