NEW YORK, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- HarperCollins Publishers announced today that it has acquired world rights to a young adult fiction series from Lauren Conrad, star of MTV's mega-hit reality show The Hills. The series, entitled L.A. Candy, is loosely inspired by Conrad's own transformation from ordinary teen to reality TV darling, fashion designer, and "It Girl." The three-book deal was negotiated by Adam Korn and Lisa Sharkey, Senior Editor and Senior VP, respectively, of the Creative Development team at HarperCollins, and Literary Agent Matthew Elblonk of The Creative Culture with Max Stubblefield at UTA. The first book in the series will be published in Summer 2009. L.A. Candy tells the behind-the scenes story of a young girl who moves to L.A. and unexpectedly becomes the star of a reality television show. With her stardom comes wealth, famous friends, fabulous clothes, and romance -- as well as the darker realization that everyone wants something from her, and nothing is what it appears to be. Though L.A. Candy is a work of fiction, the characters -- their lives, their loves, and their never-ending dramas -- are perfectly drawn by Conrad, the only person who can give her readers an accurate and juicy insider look at young Hollywood. "I've never seen a new project generate noise like the instant buzz that swept through our offices around this deal," said Elise Howard, Senior VP/Associate Publisher of Fiction, HarperCollins Children's Books. "The Hills and Lauren Conrad are household names among our staff, and their popularity is even higher among the teens who are our readers. We're bracing ourselves for a blockbuster publication." "I've always loved books that I could lose myself in, ones that would transport me to another place, but had characters I could relate to," said Conrad. "I'm so excited to have this opportunity to write books like that for other readers." Lauren Conrad first rose to fame when MTV profiled her group of high school friends in the hit show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. After high school, Conrad headed to Los Angeles to pursue a career in fashion and also signed up to star in the Laguna Beach spin-off show The Hills which premiered in May 2006. The Hills soon became MTV's highest rated show and is now seen in over 16 countries. In March 2008, Conrad's lifelong dream came true when she debuted her own fashion collection -- now carried by major retailers across the country. Conrad headlines the fourth season of The Hills which premiered August 18th on MTV. About HarperCollins Children's Books HarperCollins Children's Books is one of the leading publishers of children's books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality, award-winning books for young readers, HarperCollins is home to many timeless treasures -- Charlotte's Web, The Chronicles of Narnia, Goodnight Moon, Where the Sidewalk Ends and Where the Wild Things Are; and popular new classics -- A Series of Unfortunate Events, Warriors and Fancy Nancy. HarperCollins Children's Books is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, one of the leading English language publishers in the world and a subsidiary of News Corporation (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NCP, NCPDP). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australasia. You can visit HarperCollins Children's Books at www.harpercollinschildrens.com and HarperCollins Publishers at www.harpercollins.com.
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