Rights Available! New Female War Tale Could Lure Buyers

The latest female-centered war story (Meg Waite Clayton's 'The Race for Paris') and a YA novel (Steven Camden's 'It's About Love') are ready for optioning.
Courtesy of Harper Collins
'The Race for Paris' and 'It's About Love'

This story first appeared in the Aug. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

The dog days of August can be a slow time for book deals and for film optioning, but that doesn't mean a few gems can't be found. Take this week's featured properties. One is a period piece in a very hot genre —war stories with female leads — and the other is the kind of geek-meet-cute YA novel that has proved popular both on the page and on the screen. Plus, who can't love a YA novel whose main characters are named Luke and Leia? 

Here's what's hot this week:

The Race for Paris (Harper) by Meg Waite Clayton
Agencies: Marly Rusoff Lit/Lynn Pleshette Agency

Female-centered war stories are selling well (Ashley's War, Shoot Like a Girl), and early reviews of this inspired-by-real-life novel of two female World War II journalists vying to enter a liberated Paris first have been strong.

It's About Love (HarperCollins Children's) by Steven Camden
Agency: WME

Luke meets Leia in their college film class in Camden's debut YA novel, a cinephile's dream packed with film references (Star Wars!) and screenplay-style notes.