White House-Set YA Novel 'When Audrey Met Alice' Optioned

When Audrey Meets Alice book cover - P 2016
Courtesy of Sourcebooks Jaberwocky

Rights to When Audrey Met Alice (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2014) have been picked up by producing partners Jodie Markell and Emily Shapiro.

The YA coming-of-age novel by Rebecca Behrens imagines what happens when 13-year-old first daughter Audrey Rhodes finds the diary of Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter Alice, who was 17 when her father became president in 1901. Audrey begins emulating Alice’s misadventures (Alice once famously jumped into a cruise ship’s pool fully clothed when she was accompanying Secretary of War William Howard Taft on an official visit to Japan). 

Markell is an actor and director, most notably of the 2008 Bryce Dallas Howard/Chris Evans film The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond. Shapiro is the founder of the New York International Children’s Film Festival.

Behrens' latest novel, The Summer of Lost and Found, is scheduled for publication in May from Simon & Schuster. She was repped by Suzie Townsend and Pouya Shahbazian of New Leaf Literary & Media on the deal.