While we're chatting about books made into films, you publisher-slash-editor types out there should take note of Christopher Zallas' Sundance-winning movie Padre Nuestro:
Fleeing a pack of henchman on the Mexican side of the border, Juan hops a truck transporting illegals from Mexico to New York City. En route he befriends Pedro, an innocent from central Mexico who is headed to New York to seek his rich restaurateur father, Diego. Pedro shows Juan a sealed letter that his mother, now dead, has given him--an introduction to the father he never knew. When the truck pulls into New York City, Pedro wakes to find both his belongings and his new friend gone without a trace. He is cast onto the street and stumbles around, lost in an unknown city. Juan, meanwhile, shows up at Diego's door with the letter, claiming to be his long-lost son, Pedro.Sounds like a gripping YA read or graphic novel to me, but perhaps the contracts have been signed months ago and I'm behind the times. Here's a clip, if you're interested.