Jodi Picoult Teams With Daughter Samantha Van Leer for Teen Novel

Posted on August 15, 2011

Cover of Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

Bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her daughter, Samantha van Leer, have teamed up to write Between the Lines, a young adult novel which will be published on June 26, 2012. Between the Lines is Jodi Picoult's first teen novel and the first book she has co-written with her daughter. The book will be jointly published by Simon Pulse and Emily Bestler Books.

Between the Lines is a story about a fairy tale prince who wants to break free of the constraints of his storybook existence, and the girl who falls in love with him. Delilah, a loner who feels happiest with her head in a book, is obsessed with a fairy tale about Prince Oliver at her library. One day Oliver speaks to Delilah from the book. Oliver feels trapped by his literary existence. Delilah decides to help her prince break out of the book.

Jodi Picoult said, "Several years ago, my daughter called me and said, 'I think I have a really good idea for a book.' As it turned out - she did! It has been a delight and an adventure to co-write this story with Sammy. For years, I've been amazed by her imagination and creativity; it's exciting for me to be able to introduce those talents of hers to a wide audience. And I love knowing that parents who've enjoyed my adult fiction will be able to share an age -appropriate story of mine with their kids."

Update: The book is now available on

Photo: Emily Bestler Books