Book News: Delacorte Press Acquired OFF THE PAGE by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer


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New York, NY (October 1, 2014)—Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has acquired OFF THE PAGE by #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her daughter and co-writer Samantha van Leer, it was announced today by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher, Random House Children’s Books. The deal, for world rights (exclusive of UK and Commonwealth) was brokered by Marcus and Laura Gross of Laura Gross Literary Agency. Beverly Horowitz, Vice President & Publisher, Delacorte Press, will edit, and the novel will be published on May 19, 2015, with a first printing of 250,000 copies.

OFF THE PAGE is a humorous, magical, and romantic YA novel that continues the characters introduced in Picoult and van Leer’s first bestselling YA novel, Between the Lines, a story about what happens when happily ever after . . . isn’t.

“We are so pleased that Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer will join the Random House Children’s Books family, and that together with our publishing colleagues at Ballantine, we can continue to bring Jodi’s future teen and adult novels to a vast audience of readers,” says Marcus.

“Teen girls are going to absolutely love the enchanting and contemporary story that Jodi and her daughter Samantha have written in OFF THE PAGE,” says Horowitz. “I am thrilled to share this novel, and dynamic author pair, with the ever-growing audience for young adult books and with their dedicated fan base.”

In OFF THE PAGE, sixteen-year-old Delilah is finally together with Oliver—a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to take Oliver’s place in Delilah’s favorite book. In this multilayered universe, the lines between reality and fantasy are blurred, and all must be resolved for the characters to live happily ever after. The interior of OFF THE PAGE includes twelve full-color illustrations and black-and-white decorations throughout.

Picoult’s newest adult novel, Leaving Time, will be published by Ballantine on October 14, 2014.

JODI PICOULT is the author of twenty-three novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper.

SAMANTHA VAN LEER is a sophomore at Vassar College majoring in psychology with a minor in human development. She has four dogs: Alvin, Harvey, Dudley, and Oliver—for whom the prince in this story is named.

Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, ebooks, and apps, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. The company’s website, Kids @ Random (, offers an array of activities, games, and resources for children, teens, parents, and educators. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

Previous book written by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer:

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