Actor Hill Harper has partnered with Scholastic teen author, Pamela Wells, to create a multicultural children-publishing imprint called Harper & Wells Books.
“I’ve been wanting to have my own multicultural children book publishing imprint for some time,” Hill Harper said. “My focus is on publishing books about black issues. I have always wanted a children book imprint that represents our voices. This is an extension of my belief that you manifest your own destiny in life.”
The first two titles from Harper & Wells Books are middle grade titles targeted at eight to twelve-year old readers.
The Wiley Boys by Hill Harper, is about three sports-obsessed adopted brothers who stumble across an advertisement that leads them to being junior agents at the Sports Bureau of Investigations. This book is available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online stores including the book’s web site at www.wileyboys.com
The second title, Willow Fedler’s Rules for Girls by Pamela Wells, is about a 12-year old young “Oprah” who shares advice and experiences as she shares stories about growing up. This book is available on the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook.
Because Harper & Wells Books have just signed a major distribution deal, readers should be on the lookout for more upcoming titles. The company plans to publish Black celebrity books for children, and in the future, will offer publishing opportunities for multicultural writers.
Pamela Wells is best-known as the author of the best-selling The Heartbreakers series published by Scholastic. This teen series is about a teen girl, Alexia Bass, who creates a list of rules to help her friends with their dating lives. There are four books in the Scholastic series: The Heartbreakers published in December 2007, The Crushes published in December 2008, The Friends to be published in September 2012, and The Daters to be published in December 2012.
The Heartbreakers series is scheduled to become a movie in 2013 called “Hot Mess” featuring Disney actress Selena Gomez. Gomez, who is currently dating teen singer Justin Bieber, is in talks to play Alexia Bass in the film.Hill Harper is the best-selling author of several adult non-fiction books that have been New York Times bestsellers, including Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, The Conversation, and The Wealth Cure. He can currently be seen as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on “CSI: New York”.
Harper graduated from Brown University, and holds a J.D. From Harvard Law School. He attended law school with President Barack Obama.