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Book Buzz: Potential 'Hunger Games' stars, Reichs' 'Virals'
Updated 9/2/2010 9:42 PM ET
Chloe Moretz appears to be leading the hunt for Katniss Everdeen, and Kathy Reichs is out with her first young-adult novel.

Courting Katniss: Now that we know who will play Lisbeth Salander in the American movie version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Rooney Mara), fans are speculating about the next plum book role for a young actress: Katniss Everdeen, the teen heroine of Suzanne Collins' young-adult dystopian trilogy. The final novel, Mockingjay, shoots to the top of USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list in its first week of sales. ET, MTV and the Los Angeles Times all say Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz has the inside track to star in the adaptation of the first book, The Hunger Games. Twilight's Kristen Stewart is also mentioned in nearly all the online shortlists, according to The Daily Beast. The screenplay was written by Collins and revised by screenwriter Billy Ray (24,Flightplan). Production begins early next year.

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Going 'Virals': Kathy Reichs is the latest best-selling writer to dive into the popular young-adult category. She's known for her adult novels starring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, the inspiration for the hit Fox TV show Bones. The 13th, Spider Bones, enters the list at No. 14. Virals, Reichs' first YA novel and first in a series, will be published by Razorbill Nov. 2. Virals stars Temperance's grand-niece Tory, who's 14. "There are a lot of young-adult viewers of Bones and a surprising number who read my adult books," Reichs says, "and I think kids are really going to like seeing kids doing forensic science." Tory and friends contract a virus from a puppy they rescue from a testing lab, only to discover they have acquired certain canine abilities, which they use to solve a murder mystery.

Winter 'Dreams': Summer's not over, but early reading copies of Kim Edwards' January novel from Viking, The Lake of Dreams, have landed on book critics' desks. Edwards' 2005 debut novel, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, sold 4 million copies. It became a No. 1 USA TODAY best seller and spent 119 weeks on the list. In an e-mail, Edwards says, "The Lake of Dreams is set in a fictional town in the gorgeous Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York, where I grew up. The novel has a contemporary narrator, Lucy Jarrett, but the story turns on the discovery of a hidden history that will change Lucy's family, as well as her own life direction, forever."

Posted 9/1/2010 7:23 PM ET
Updated 9/2/2010 9:42 PM ET
Chloe Moretz may be moving from Kick-Ass to Hunger Games.
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Chloe Moretz may be moving from Kick-Ass to Hunger Games.

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