America’s Next Top YA Author?
Tyra Banks has landed a three-book deal with Delacorte Press for a YA fantasy series entitled Modelland.
According to several media reports today, the first book is scheduled for a summer 2011 release. Variety reports that “Modelland centers on a teen who manages to get into an exclusive academy for ‘Intoxibellas’—who are the most exceptional models known to humankind and harbor unknown powers. Once there, she finds herself competing to be accepted as part of that world.” It’s Top Model meets Harry Potter.
On her website, Banks writes that the book will be “for all the girls and guys who want a lot more FANTASY in their lives – and some fierceness and magic, romance and mystery, crazy and wild adventures, and, yeah, some danger too.”
I hope Modelland is just a working title. Banks has said the books wil be an extension of the Tyra band, so I expect the title may end up morphing into some form of Tyra-ism, like “smize.”