Sep 27 2011 6:30pm

A New Harry Potter on the Horizon?

Deadline.com reported today that HarperCollins has purchased the rights to debut novelist Soman Chainani’s The School for Good and Evil, which will be the first in a new fantasy trilogy about “ordinary boys and girls who are trained to become extraordinary fairy tale heroes or villains.”

Sounds a little Harry Potter-ish, huh? The book won’t be released until spring 2013, more than a year away, but this brief description has piqued my interest and made me wonder: Could it be the next big thing? Or are people looking for something completely different to follow YA sensations like Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games?

Either way, I’ll be curious to learn more about The School for Good and Evil in the coming months. In the meantime, are there any trend(s) you’d like to see take center stage in YA fiction? Are you pulling for dragons, or mermaids, or something not in the least fantastical?

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1. Mo
Actually, that description makes me think of X-Men and the school there. I think it sounds quite intriguing.
Heather Waters
2. HeatherWaters
@Mo -- Oh, good point! I often like the academy/training segments of movies like Star Trek, Batman, and Spider-Man best myself, so yeah, I'm excited about this one too.
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