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July 2012 Debut of the Month.
Bestselling Jodi Picoult, co-writing with her daughter who came up with the idea, tells a brilliantly romantic story of love across a divide in this entertaining and also thought-provoking story about stories, characters and readers. The ‘divide’ is a wonderfully inventive one in this witty ‘what if?’ story. Bookish and unusual Delilah falls headlong into a ‘Once upon a time’ fairy story full of princes and princesses, dragons and evil trickery. There’s nothing so strange about that except that Delilah is a teenager who stopped believing in ‘happy ever after’ years ago. What she doesn’t know is that Oliver, the handsome prince of the story, has noticed the pale blobs who watch him when the book opens. Who are they, he wonders? All he knows about them is that, when they are not there, he and the other characters rest and when they are, his story comes to life. Can Oliver and Delilah make contact and what will happen when they do? Funny, touching and clever, teens will love this unusual love story.
The Lovereading comment:
Two years ago, Jodi Picoult's then 14-year-old daughter, Samantha, phoned her during one of Jodi's tours and said 'I have an idea for a book ...' Now, having written every line together, in time snatched during school holidays, breaks between tours and evenings after homework…in both harmony (rushing with excitement to put the same words in sentences at the same time) and amiable discord (should the Prince be dark, or fairhaired?), Between the Lines is ready for publication. The illustrators, Yvonne Gilbert and Scott M Fischer, were carefully chosen and the appearance of the book carefully considered to make it a must-have possession. It was important to make it one the reader wanted to pick up and look at...'The book has the coolest illustrations and silhouettes that take my breath away' says Jodi.
Sammy says: 'Collaborating with another person may sound challenging - two minds and conflicting ideas - but the truth is writing the book was one of the best experiences I will ever have.'
Delilah knows it's weird, but she can't stop reading her favourite fairy tale. Other girls her age are dating and cheerleading. But then, other girls are popular. She loves the comfort of the happy ending and knowing there will be no surprises. Until she gets the biggest surprise of all, when Prince Oliver looks out from the page and speaks to her. Now Delilah must decide: will she do as Oliver asks, and help him to break out of the book? Or is this her chance to escape into happily ever after?
Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the sequel to this title, Off The Page prior to publication in paperback in April 2016. You can read their full reviews here.
'Prolific and bestselling author Picoult teams up with her teenage daughter to pen a clever YA romance' - Publishers Weekly
Publication date: 20/06/2013
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||5th July 2012|
|Author:||Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer|
|Publisher:||Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month, eBooks|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|
Jodi Picoult grew up in Nesconset, New York. She received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton and a master's degree in education from Harvard. Her previous novels include House Rules, Nineteen Minutes and My Sister's Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Samantha Van Leer is sixteen years old. She writes, sings and acts and lives in New Hampshire with her parents and two older brothers.More About Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
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