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New audiences discover bestselling authors

Teri Andrews Rinne

The children and young adult book-publishing industry is thriving if the number of bestselling authors for adults that now write for kids and teens is any indication. You might be surprised at what you find in the childrens wing. Heres just a sampling of whats on our shelves by your favorite adult authors:Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry teamed with bestselling suspense author Ridley Pearson to pen the Peter and the Starcatchers trilogy, a prequel to J.M. Barries classic, Peter Pan. Not surprisingly, the resulting synergy yields an action-packed series of smash hits for the older elementary through middle school crowd. Even non-fiction authors try their hand at companion volumes to their bestsellers designed for the younger set. Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, wrote Chew on This: Everything You Dont Want to Know About Fast Food. Lean the secret ingredient that makes your drink pink (hint: it has legs) and explore the six weeks that a fast-food chicken lives before it becomes a chicken nugget.Lynne Truss, author of New York Times bestseller Eats, Shoots andamp; Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation dials it down a notch for picture book fans with Eat, Shoots andamp; Leaves: Why, Commas Do Make a Difference and The Girls Like Spaghetti: Why You Can Manage Without Apostrophes! Both are utterly delightful for kids and adults alike. This trend is even more pronounced in young adult fiction. The Young Adult novel is fiction written for adolescents, roughly between the ages of 12-18. When I first started working at the library a decade ago, our young adult fiction section barely filled one book case. Ten years and three more bookcases later, the young adult novel is a thriving segment of the Truckee Library, serving as a perfect bridge between juvenile and adult offerings. Bestselling authors of adult fiction that are now also writing specifically for young adults, including Carl Hiassen, Isabel Allende, Alice Hoffman, Nick Hornby, and James Patterson. Hiassen has written Hoot and Flush which deal with serious ecological and personal issues in an entertaining way that appeal to his new audience. City of the Beasts, Allendes first foray writing for teens, is a fast-paced eco-thriller which combines a magical world, mystical shamanic adventure, and feisty and eccentric characters. Hoffman penned two slim volumes (novellas actually), Aquamarine and Indigo, both watery tales combining fantasy and reality with a coming of age backdrop. HornbysSlam chronicles the life of 15-year-old Sam, an avid skateboarder, who life changes drastically when his girlfriend gets pregnant. Most popular of all is Pattersons Maximum Ride series. With more than 100 million book sales to his credit, its not surprising that Pattersons four young adult offerings fly off the shelves, offering what Kirkus Reviews calls adrenaline galore … action-packed chapters [that] end breathlessly, with twists at every turn. Buoyed by his success in the YA publishing world, Patterson just released the first of a new young adult series this summer titled, The Dangerous Days of Daniel X. Find more at the Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave., or by calling (530) 582-7846

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