Rather than funding wholesome stories, Scholastic has shifted and is now funding “special” authors who “keep it real” with tales of “sistah and Brothah” who come from the upper class in HotLantah.

Is this what we want our kids reading?

Miller, co-author with De-Ne-Ne, has also published “The Angry Black Woman’s Guide to Life”

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SCHOLASTIC WINS WORLD RIGHTS TO PUBLISH AFRICAN-AMERICAN TEEN SERIES BY TOP ESSENCE WRITERS

HOTLANTA to Launch Spring 2008

New York, NY (January 25, 2007) — Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, has won the auction for worldwide publishing rights to HOTLANTA, a new paperback series featuring African-American teen girls by Denene Millner and Mitzi Miller. The deal was negotiated by Andrea Pinkney, Vice President, Editor-at-Large, Scholastic, and Victoria Sanders of Victoria Sanders & Associates. The first book in the series is scheduled for publication in Spring 2008 by Point, an imprint of Scholastic.

Set in Atlanta and targeted to readers of such series as the Gossip Girl and The Clique novels, HOTLANTA introduces the beautiful and wealthy Duke twins, Sydney and Lauren—who, despite their identical appearance, couldn’t be more different. While Sydney does her part to save the world and conquer the Ivy League, Lauren dreams of being the next Beyoncè. HOTLANTA is filled with all of the drama of teen life, set against Atlanta’s most fashion-forward and privileged residents.

“HOTLANTA is a significant addition to the teen publishing landscape, delivered by two of the brightest writers working today. This series is full of sass and smarts—and, like cinnamon, it’s spicy-sweet!” said Andrea Davis Pinkney, Vice President, Editor-at-Large, Scholastic.

“I am delighted to be the co-creator of a series that is authentically African-American, with just the right amount of glitz to make it universally appealing. As the mom of two girls, I’m excited to offer books that are wholesome and saucy at the same time,” said Denene Millner.

“As an author who grew up on Sweet Valley High, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be writing a series with characters who look like me,” said Mitzi Miller.

HOTLANTA is the third collaboration for Denene Millner and Mitzi Miller who co-authored The Angry Black Woman’s Guide to Life, and the novel, The Vow.

Denene Millner is a featured writer for Essence magazine, and a contributing editor and columnist at Parenting magazine. An award-winning entertainment journalist and the author of The Sistahs’ Rules, she has coauthored numerous novels, including Love Don’t Live Here Anymore, In Love and War, and A Love Story, as well as the nonfiction What Brothers Think, What Sistahs Know relationship series. Millner also is the author of Dreamgirls, a novelization based on the play and the motion picture Dreamgirls. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, writer Nick Chiles and their two daughters.

Mitzi Miller is the former Associate Editor at Jane magazine. She was the entertainment editor for Honey magazine and is also a contributing writer for Essence Magazine. She lives in New York City.

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