〉The bestselling young adult author’s WWII drama is an alternate history driven by strong female characters.
Acclaimed young adult author Michael Grant will release FRONT LINES, the first installment of his new Soldier Girl series, in January but the World War II drama is already heating up the TV and film rights market.
Front Lines is set in an alternate version of World War II where young women are called up to fight alongside men after a court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. With the unproven American army going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany, three young women, Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman–average girls with dreams and aspirations–all sign up to fight. Each has her own reasons for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans.
For the first time, they leave behind their homes and families to go to war. These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines.
Grant is best known for his bestselling supernatural series Gone, which tells the story of a town where everyone over the age of fifteen vanishes. The series is wildly popular within the young adult demographic and Sony Television picked up the rights in 2013.
Front Lines, as well as the Soldier Girl franchise as a whole, is is an attractive property for film and television producers. Female driven wartime young adult dramas such as The Hunger Games and Divergent franchises have hit big with both genders across all age ranges. The same elements are present in Grant’s novel with the addition of the World War II setting. Don’t expect this novel to be available for long.
Katherine Tegen Books is publishing the novel in late January, with Michelle Weiner of CAA handling the film and television rights, and Stephen Sheppard of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard repping Grant.
Michael O'Sullivan | Contributor