Andrea Elliott sells ‘Invisible Child’ book

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New York Times staffer Andrea Elliott's investigative blockbuster, "Invisible Child," will have a second, longer life as a book.

Elliott's nonfiction proposal sold to Random House editor and executive vice president Kate Medina Publisher's Weekly reported today. The trade publication wrote that it was a "major deal," usually industry speak for more a sale of more than $500,000. (Capital has not confirmed any number independently.)

The book will go deeper than the 28,738-word, five-part series and address more broadly the issue of child poverty in the U.S.

Elliott and Times staff photographer Ruth Fremson spent 15 months following a Brooklyn 11-year-old girl named Dasani as she orbited around her Auburn Family Residence shelter and her public middle school in Fort Greene.

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The story Elliott compiled has elicited more than 2,200 comments online and a public response from Mayor Bloomberg, who, as Capital reported, described Dasani's situation as "atypical" and accused Elliott of being shortsighted in her vision of destitution.