Fuse #8

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Guess There Wasn't Much to do After the Musical Tanked, Huh?

Just heard about this one in an update of Cynopsis Kids. Note:
Bestselling author Nick Hornby is writing his first young adult novel, for his longtime publisher Penguin. Slam , about a boy who survives a teenage crush by hashing out the pangs of love with his idol Tony Hawk (or at least a one-dimensional version of the star, via a poster), will be released by the Penguin Young Readers Group in October, through its G.P.Putnam's Sons imprint. Riverhead (which regularly publishes Hornby's adult fiction) and Penguin Young Readers will follow, in 2008, with simultaneous paperback editions.
I think this is a good idea. Normally the idea of authors crossing over to write for the younger set puts my teeth on edge, but I think that this might work. I just think Hornby should shoot even lower agewise. Sure, he contributed a short story for Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things That Aren't as Scary, Maybe, Depending on How You Feel About Lost Lands, Stray Cellphones, Creatures From the Sky, Parents Who Disappear in Peru, a Man Named Lars Farf, and One Other Story We Couldn't Quite Finish, So Maybe You Could Help Us Out but he's never really delved into kidlit fully. I say the time is ripe. Go, Nick, go!

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At 2:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In About a Boy, he gets into the head of a middle-grader very well. Alternate chapters are written in the boy's voice, and very convincingly so.

So I'm looking forward to this.


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