Quick: Which children's author is giving J.K. Rowling a run for
her money? CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI. The 19-year-old author's first
novel, Eragon, has been on the New York Times best-seller list
for five weeks. It is ranked higher than every Harry Potter book
except one. Eragon is the first book in a trilogy about a magical
land called Alagaesia.
Paolini and his family self-published the tale in 2002. But the
book didn't hit it big until author Carl Hiaasen's 12-year-old
stepson read it. Hiaasen then gave a copy to an editor at a big
publishing company. Readers have been spellbound ever since.
Paolini says Eragon is for anyone who's "looking for a bit of
magic." He should know! Find out more at timeforkids.com/eragon.
October 10, 2003 WORLD REPORT EDITION
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