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Fiction for Young Readers

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at Melbourne Town Hall

Jodi Picoult: Between the Lines

Jodi Picoult has created her own genre. She writes edge-of-your-seat stories about everyday people facing extraordinary situations, inviting her readers to wonder: what would I do?

Between the Lines, her first book for young adults, is no exception. Written with her teenage daughter Samantha, who dreamed up the idea for the story, it’s a funny, charming story about what happens when happily ever after ... isn’t.

Between the Lines is for every girl who’s believed, however whimsically, that her one true soulmate lives in the pages of a book. Bookish loner Delilah is on Team Edward. But it’s not him she truly longs for; it’s Prince Oliver, the hero of a fairytale she finds in the library – and in a flight of boundary-crossing fantasy, she gets the chance to help him become real.

Jodi and Samantha share their creative journey in this special event.


Portrait of Samantha van Leer

Samantha van Leer

Samantha van Leer is a junior in high school, who conceived the idea for her first novel, Between the Lines and pitched it to her mum (Jodi Picoult) while she was in the middle of a book tour.

Portrait of Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is the author of 18 bestselling and widely acclaimed novels, most recently Between the Lines, a novel for younger readers, written in partnership with her teenage daughter, Samantha van Leer. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Fiction for Young Readers

Three of the biggest names in writing for young readers are heading our way, with one each month for the next three months.


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