Bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter, Samantha van Leer, co-author a charming fantasy in which very different worlds collide. When 15-year-old Delilah becomes obsessed with a fairy tale book called Between the Lines that she discovered at the school library, she finds the hero, Prince Oliver, particularly endearing. For one thing, they are each missing a father since Oliver's died and Delilah's left her family. Of course, Delilah would never suspect that Oliver also finds the reader of the book in which he's starring extremely appealing.
"BETWEEN THE LINES won me over immediately with its unique plot and completely believable characters... Pitch-perfect clever dialogue and lots of humor add to readers' enjoyment, and we can't help imagining how much fun mother and daughter had penning this page-turner."
We read snatches of the fairy tale in which Oliver plays his part --- the son of Queen Maureen and the reluctant, rather cowardly hero bent on saving the beautiful princess Seraphima (these chapters each open with a lovely illustration appropriate for an old-time classic fairy tale book). Then we get the real story from Oliver, who informs us that everyone in the book is just playing a part for readers. When the book is closed, each character lives his or her own life. Oliver actually can't tolerate the bubble-headed Seraphima, who he must pretend to love each time a reader opens Between the Lines. When the book is closed, Queen Maureen is not Oliver's mother; instead, she is a pleasant person who enjoys cooking and reading recipes. When Rapscullio, the fairy tale villain, isn't playing his part for readers, he is a nice person who collects butterflies and delights in baking pastry. When Between the Lines is closed, Oliver yearns to escape the plot he is in and the part he must play over and over, every time a person reads the book.
Then one day, when Delilah is escaping her own life (in wh