Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-one internationally bestselling novels, including My Sister's Keeper, House Rules and The Storyteller, and has also co-written two YA books with her daughter Samantha van Leer, Between the Lines and Off the Page. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.
Samantha van Leer is a sophomore at Vassar College majoring in psychology with a minor in human development. She cowrote the #1 New York Times bestseller Between the Lines, the companion to Off the Page, with her mother, Jodi Picoult. Jodi and Samantha have four dogs: Alvin, Harvey, Dudley, and Oliver, for whom the prince in this story is named.
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May 2016 Book of the Month. This companion novel to the bestselling Between the Lines also works wonderfully as a life-affirming standalone novel, and features a sprinkling of full-page colour illustrations that exude the feel-good nostalgic ambiance of traditional fairy tales. Sixteen-year-old Delilah finally has her prince. Literally. Oliver has stepped from the pages of Delilah’s favourite fairy tale and is now a living, breathing teenage boy after having switched places with Edgar, son of the tale’s creator. Oliver turns more than a few heads at high school with his dashing good looks and social faux pas, including “doing the queen's wave as we head down the science wing” and being punched by the president of the LGBT Alliance for his unwittingly inappropriate use of the word 'fairy'. But while Oliver and Delilah are elated at being together, love in the real world isn’t entirely a bed of roses. Meanwhile, back in the fairy tale, (which has been given a sci-fi makeover), Edgar is also struggling and, when misfortune strikes the tale’s creator, the characters she gave life to are called upon to return the favour. Whimsically entertaining throughout, Off the Page has a soft-centred heart that beats with the big themes of love, loss and searching for happy ever afters. “Home isn't where you are. It’s who you're with,” remarks the novel’s storyteller towards its end, which is an aptly warmhearted sentiment to come away with.
Now out in paperback, 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. Click here to see Off the Page by the same authors. And some background on how the book came about: 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.'