Li'l Chick Lit
Watch out Harry Potter, there's a new teen in town capturing the imagination of young readers
Her name is Clare, and she’s the creation of Lafayette author Yvonne Prinz. In Still There, Clare (Raincoast Books, $6.95 paperback) Prinz’s debut novel, 13-year-old Clare is finishing seventh grade and eagerly anticipating summer vacation. She has an imaginary friend named Elsa and a crush on her gym teacher.
“I see a lot of myself in Clare,” admits Prinz, who, along with her husband, David, owns the ultrahip Amoeba Records stores in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. “I was the tallest girl in school at five foot eight, and I never fit in with the popular crowd.”
Growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, Prinz always enjoyed writing, and would often use her prose to sort out her own teen angst. Three decades later, Prinz, 45, is striking a chord with today’s young adults.
While Clare’s story started out as one book, her adventures are on their way to becoming a series. Still There, Clare follows the heroine’s adventures over the course of summer vacation. Prinz’s second book will be set at the beginning of the school year, and the third over Christmas vacation.
Prinz is also working with atelevision network in Canada to bring Clare to the small screen. The series, set to premiere next year, will be filmed in Vancouver. Prinz, who has a background in television and music, will help with casting and choosing the show’s soundtrack.“I’m not sure where all this will take me,” Prinz says. “But right now I’m enjoying being in the midst of Clare’s adventures.”