Authors: Jodi Picoult,Samantha van Leer
“REAL FAIRY TALES
are not for the fainthearted. Children get eaten by witches and chased by wolves; women fall into comas and are tortured by evil relatives. Somehow all that pain and suffering is worthwhile, though, when it leads to the ending: happily ever after. Suddenly it no longer matters if you got a B- on your midterm in French or you’re the only girl in the school who doesn’t have a date for the spring formal. Happily ever after trumps everything.
But what if
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
HAPPILY EVER AFTER…
Delilah hates school as much as she loves books. In fact, there’s one book in particular she can’t get enough of. If anyone knew how many times she has read and reread the sweet little fairy tale she found in the library, especially the popular kids, she’d be sent to social Siberia…forever.
To Delilah, though, this fairy tale is more than just words on the page. Sure, there’s a handsome (well, okay, hot) prince, and a castle, and an evil villain, but it feels as if there’s something deeper going on. And one day Delilah finds out there is. Turns out, this Prince Charming is real, and a certain fifteen-year-old loner has caught his eye. But they’re from two different worlds, and how can it ever possibly work?
Together with her daughter, Samantha van Leer, #1
New York Times
bestselling author Jodi Picoult has written a classic fairy tale with a uniquely modern twist. Readers will be swept away by this story of a girl who crosses the border between reality and fantasy in a perilous search for her own happy ending.
is the author of nineteen novels, including the #1
New York Times
Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes,
My Sister’s Keeper
. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at
SAMANTHA VAN LEER
is a junior in high school. She conceived the idea for this book and pitched it to her mom, who was in the middle of a book tour. In her spare time, Samantha can be found playing softball, doing contemporary dance, acting and singing in musicals, and cuddling on the ground with her three dogs, Dudley, Alvin, and Oliver (for whom the prince in this fairy tale was named).
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Picoult, Jodi, 1966-
Between the lines / by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer.—1st Simon Pulse hardcover ed.
p. cm. Summary: Told in their separate voices, sixteen-year-old Prince Oliver, who wants to break free of his fairy-tale existence, and fifteen-year-old Delilah, a loner obsessed with
Prince Oliver and the book in which he exists, work together to seek his freedom.
[1. Books and reading—Fiction. 2. Fairy tales—Fiction. 3. Princes—Fiction. 4. High schools—Fiction. 5. Schools—Fiction. 6. Mothers and daughters—Fiction.]
I. Leer, Samantha van. II. Title.
PZ7.P5557Bet 2012 [Fic]—dc23 2011039108
ISBN 978-1-4516-3575-1 ISBN 978-1-4516-3582-9 (eBook)
Who will always be
the hero in my story.