EW has learned that Simon & Schuster — publisher of Spelling’s two previous best-sellers, sTORI Telling and Mommywood —has signed the actress to her first children’s book, Presenting…Tallulah, the tale of a spunky little girl who is constantly told what not to do: not to wear jeans, not to get dirty. Tallulah, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, goes on sale September 21 (Spelling’s third adult title, uncharted terriTori, will be out in June). “I love reading to my kids. It’s our special time together,” Spelling said. The book’s jacket looks very much like a young Tori. But the name? According to S&S, Spelling just likes the name Tallulah.
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Great news for grown-up fans of Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield: Today, St. Martin’s Press officially confirmed that they will publish Sweet Valley Confidential, the first hardcover adult Sweet Valley High novel. The novel — which “follows the cast of characters into adulthood,” according to St. Martin’s press release — will be written by the writer who created the franchise in the early 1980s, Francine Pascal.
“I’ve had thousands of queries from fans over the years wondering what Jessica and Elizabeth would be like as adults,” Pascal says in the release. “Well, Sweet Valley Confidential should give them all the answers. And I can guarantee they will be very surprised. Actually, more like shocked.”
Let’s turn this over to you, Shelf Lifers: What do you expect to see in the novel? What would shock you?
The Newbery and Caldecott winners were announced yesterday in Boston, and I could not be happier with the winners. The Newbery – which is awarded to the best children’s literature – went to Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me, a twisty, marvelous, utterly original mystery starring an intrepid 12-year-old detective named Miranda; the Caldecott – which goes to the year’s best illustrated book – went to Jerry Pinkney’s The Lion and the Mouse, the classic Aesop’s fable rendered wordlessly and simply, in beautiful watercolors. Pinkney, who has never won the Caldecott, had been a heavy favorite. I was rooting for him: He lives in the same small river town that I do, well north of New York City on the Hudson, and I often see him about town; he researches his books in our local library, speaks there, sometimes displays his art there. Libba Bray took the Michael J. Printz award — given for excellence in YA fiction — for Going Bovine, which I loved, loved, loved. (It’s about a teen with mad cow disease.) And talk about another coincidence: Libba and I grew up in the same dusty Texas town, and even went to the same high school. It feels funny to have a personal connection to not one but two of the winners.
No other literary awards connote excellence like the Newbery and the Caldecott, which were initially created so that people would take children’s books as seriously as adult books. As writer Elizabeth Cosgriff has pointed out that “although [the Newbery] itself does not include a monetary payment, it can double the sales of the book, as well as increase sales of the author’s other books. It will also keep the book alive. The average shelf life (time in print) of a children’s book today is eighteen months. But of the seventy-seven Newbery medal books, seventy-two are still in print today, including the second recipient, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, published in 1922.”
This April, Scholastic plans to reissue the first two volumes of its once-ubiquitous tween fiction series, The Baby-Sitters Club, according to the New York Times. The publisher is repackaging and updating the books (e.g., a “cassette player” will become “headphones”), and also releasing a prequel, The Summer Before, written by the series’ original author, Ann M. Martin. The original Baby-Sitters Club books, published from 1986-2000, grew to 217 titles and became a huge tween phenom, with 176 million copies in print. Now, Scholastic hopes to reignite fervor for 12- to 13-year-old heroines Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey — while pitching the books to a slightly younger audience than it did originally. (As the Times notes, the publisher has had significant success with its 2008 relaunch of another dormant franchise for young readers, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series.)
Scholastic announced today that the third, still-untitled book in Suzanne Collins’ massively popular futuristic The Hunger Games trilogy will be released in English worldwide on August 24, 2010.
Stephen King and Twilight‘s Stephanie Meyer have both expressed their admiration for the series, whose most recent installment was September 2009′s Catching Fire.
Chances are you enjoyed Waldo Hunt’s work when you were a child. After all, Hunt — an entrepreneur who revived the art of the pop-up book in the 1960s — was the man who brought us the awe-inspiring 3-D imagery in such famous books as David Pelham’s The Human Body and Jan Pienkowski’s Haunted House (pictured at left). Sadly, the we will see no more new work from Hunt: On Nov. 6, the pop-up king died of congestive heart failure in Porterville, Calif., at age 88, the L.A. Times reported. But his legacy continues to live on. Along with creating the art in the pop-up books listed above, Hunt produced 1,000 3-D books under his company, Intervisual Books, which counted Disney as a client. He also built up an impressive 4,000-title collection of antique and contemporary pop-up and movable books.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announced this afternoon that they will be publishing a new four-book series for teens by Lemony Snicket—his first since the phenomenally successful A Series of Unfortunate Events—as well as a YA novel from Daniel Handler, Snicket’s alter ego. “I was distressed to learn that Little Brown Books for Young Readers would also be offering the works of Lemony Snicket and have insisted that my book be published first. No one knows better than I that his writing delves into dangerous material, and inspires a spectrum of villainous reaction. In fact, I think I hear a nefarious knocking at the door right now!” Handler said. Handler’s novel is due out in 2011; the first Snicket, in 2012.
EW has learned exclusively that Rick Riordan — whose mega-selling Percy Jackson books have long been the rage in the 8-to-12 set — will be embarking on a new fantasy series. The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid goes on sale May 4, 2010. “As a teacher, I’ve had so much fun watching Percy Jackson ignite kids’ interest in Greek mythology, but in my classroom, one subject was even more popular,” Riordan tells EW. “Now I’m excited that The Kane Chronicles can introduce young readers to one of my all-time favorite topics — the amazing world of ancient Egypt.”
Here’s a first peek at the book’s as-yet-unfinished jacket.
If you’re planning to host a Halloween dinner this weekend and sell tickets online, you might want to check with your lawyers first. A Harry Potter fan in the U.K. who calls herself Ms. Marmite Lover was planning to host Potter-themed dinners this Saturday and Sunday — complete with butterbeer, pumpkin pasties, and Dumbledore’s favorite sweets (mint humbugs and sherbet lemons) — until she received a cease-and-desist letter last Friday from Warner Bros. suggesting that her “proposed use of the Harry Potter properties…without our consent would amount to an infringement of Warner’s rights,” according to the London Telegraph. The biggest problem for the legal team at the studio: Ms. Marmite Lover was selling tickets online for her event, making it commercial and not charitable in nature. But as the offending hostess explained in the Guardian, “My living room holds under 30 people, this is hardly some cynical money spinning exercise – at a maximum of £25 a head I won’t make a profit, I’ll be struggling to cover the costs of the ingredients and props I’ve shelled out on, such as dry ice and miracle berries.” (A rep for Warner — which is, like Entertainment Weekly, a division of Time Warner — had no comment.)
Ms. Marmite Lover, a 40-year-old single mom who’s been running occasional “underground restaurant” events in her home since January, has since renamed this weekend’s event “Generic Wizard Night.” And now she’s struggling to come up with a new menu. Pumpkin pasties pre-date J.K. Rowling’s best-selling series, so those are still safe, but not her version of a clear Rowling invention like butterbeer.
Graham Taylor, the former Anglican vicar who became the best-selling author of teen fantasy novels like Shadowmancer, has told London’s Telegraph that he is giving up writing to care for his 11-year-old daughter, Lydia, who’s been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Publishing as G.P. Taylor, the 51-year-old achieved great acclaim for his 2003 debut, Shadowmancer, which EW described as a “magic-drenched period thriller for ‘ages 12 and up.’” Since then, Taylor has published follow-up novels in a similar C.S. Lewis-inspired Christian parable vein, like 2004′s Wormwood and 2005′s Tersias.
“Looking after Lydia is going to be a lifelong thing and I’ve made my decision,” Taylor told the Telegraph. “I’ve realised that I’ve got to stop writing until she’s of an age where she’s more able to look after herself.” Since Lydia’s diagnosis with Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory disease of the intestines, she has been through eight operations and has also developed pneumonia.
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