Judy Blundell, winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for her 2008 novel, What I Saw and How I Lied, has signed a deal to write a book called Strings Attached, which Scholastic will publish in the fall. According to Pub Marketplace, the story is about "a plucky 17-year-old chorus girl in 1950's New York, struggling to avoid her obligations to a mob-affiliated lawyer. . .who is father to the boy she loves."

In What I Saw and How I Lied, Blundell covered some similar themes: corruption, young love, post-war NYC. . .

I'll be eagerly anticipating a galley of this one. How about you? (Or are you more of a fan of Blundell's books authored under her pseudonym, Jude Watson—such as the Star Wars Jedi Apprentice series?)

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