Recently, Chris Colfer and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announced a two-book deal. We know Colfer the actor quite well. He is one of the stars from Glee, where he plays the charming Kurt Hummel, a role from which he received a SAG award. He has been honored as one of Time Magazine’s 2011 TIME 100 list of most influential people in the world.
While I adore Kurt…er, Chris on the popular TV show, I have to admit, I was skeptical when I first read the news. I envisioned a mixture of a Justin Beiber bio and Russell Brand’s two-part Wooky Book. Fill the pages with light-hearted pictures and Colfer’s fun anecdotes, such as how he created the role of Kurt during the auditions, and you are guaranteed to have a bestseller.
I should have known better. The deal was with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, for one thing, and they don’t do biographies. The books are actually adventure stories for ages 8-12 year-olds. The Land of Stories follows twins Alex and Conner Bailey. A supernatural book of stories transports them to a new world full of wonder and magic. On their adventures, they meet with the beloved characters they grew up reading. The synopsis sounds like a mix of The Neverending Story and The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens.
In the press release announcing the book, Colfer states, “When I was ten years old, I promised myself that if I ever had the opportunity to write this book, I would jump at the chance…This book has been at the core of my imagination for a long time, and I’m excited and nervous to share it.”
That’s not all! Along with his two children’s novels, Colfer is also writing the pilot for a new show on the Disney Channel called The Leftover Witch. The show is based off Florence Laughlin’s children book that follows a witch who is adopted by a family after she falls from her broken broom in the sky. In addition, he is writing the script for Struck by Lightning, an independent film he will star in.