'Wolf Brother' to take on Harry Potter

  September 2, 2004 at 6:16 PM ET
  Cheeser     Yahoo! News (via AFP)
  wolf brother, michelle paver

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Set in prehistoric times, a fantasy book about a boy hunter who befriends a wolf cub is already being comparedopens in new window to JK Rowling's Harry Potter series.

Originally written over 20 years ago by author Michelle Paver, Wolf Brother is being released worldwide, with sales of its publishing rights totaling $5 million USD. In contrast, the rights to Rowling's first Potter novel were purchased by Scholastic for only $105,000, according to Forbes.

Paver is turning the book into a series with the hope of duplicating Rowling's success with Potter, which has spawned three hugely successful movies and made Rowling the first billionaire author.

An interesting articleopens in new window published by The Globe and Mail last year reveals just how hard publishers are trying to find that next billion-dollar story.


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