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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.

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 two dogs, Dudley and Oliver – for whom the prince in the fairytale in Between the Lines was named.

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