Goldman, Lupica team for book

Young adult novel to focus on boy with secret power

NEW YORK -- Screenwriter William Goldman and sports writer Mike Lupica are combining forces for the first time on a young adult novel.

The Philomel Books tome will center on a boy who discovers a secret power and hero within himself when family tensions push them to the surface.

The untitled novel is set for publication in 2010. A rep for Penguin imprint Philomel says the collaboration "will have all the hallmarks of (Goldman's) magic realism and (Lupica's) heartwarming tales of the underdog."

In addition to his New York Daily News sportswriting, Lupica has written several young adult bestsellers. Goldman's novel "The Princess Bride," which he adapted for the screen, has sold three million copies.

The deal was brokered by Philomel publisher Michael Green (who will edit the novel) with ICM.