Andrea Elliott sells ‘Invisible Child’ book
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.
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.