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The Novel 'Red Riding Hood' #1 on New York Times Young Adult List

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Warner Bros. Pictures’ feature film “Red Riding Hood,”
from director Catherine Hardwicke, opens nationwide on March 11

BURBANK, CA, February XX, 2011 –The novel Red Riding Hood, written by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and published by Little, Brown Books, debuted at #1 on the New York Times’ Paperback Kids/Young Adult list.  The book’s immediate success demonstrates that young audiences are eagerly anticipating the March 11th opening of the new film from director Catherine Hardwicke, who also provided the book’s introduction.

Blakley-Cartwright was on the set every day during the production of the film.  From her vantage point, the author was able to weave in details of the atmosphere created by the filmmakers and cast, capturing the story’s suspense and romance as she created a stand-alone reading experience.

A dark and riveting new version of the classic fairy tale, Red Riding Hood is the story of Valerie, a young woman caught up in a love triangle, living in a village that guards a horrifying secret: They must appease the Wolf with a monthly sacrifice. Suddenly, though, no one is safe as the villagers discover that the Wolf is among them — and that Valerie is the only one who can hear its voice.  The Wolf tells her to surrender herself, or everyone she loves will die.

In conjunction with the paperback book’s release, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers also created a spectacular enhanced eBook that features exclusive behind-the-scenes content from the film.  The final revelations of will be unveiled to readers at the time of the film’s release on March 11, 2011.  A bonus final chapter will be available for download at on March 14, 2011 at 9 o’clock AM eastern time.

Hardwicke directed the film “Red Riding Hood” from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson.  Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Leonardo DiCaprio and Julie Yorn produced the film, with Jim Rowe, Michael Ireland and Hardwicke serving as executive producers.  Warner Bros. Pictures presents, an Appian Way production, a Catherine Hardwicke film, “Red Riding Hood,” starring Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas and Julie Christie.  The film is being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.  It has been rated PG-13 for violence and creature terror, and some sensuality.


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