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Nick Hornby Writes for Teens

PW Daily reported yesterday that Nick Hornby is writing his first young adult novel, for his longtime publisher Penguin. Slam, about a boy who survives a teenage crush by hashing out the pangs of love with his idol Tony Hawk (or at least a one-dimensional version of the star, via a poster), will be released by the Penguin Young Readers Group in October. Riverhead (which regularly publishes Hornby’s adult fiction) and Penguin Young Readers will follow, in 2008, with simultaneous paperback editions.

“Our world-class young readers publishing program is perfectly positioned to take Nick’s new book to the top of the young adult market,” said Doug Whitehead, president of Penguin Young Readers Group. “We are proud to now have Nick among our list of national bestselling adult authors who have written books for a Y.A. audience.”

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.