by Kelly Lawler)
After a five-year break, author Meg Cabot is ready to put her tiara back on.
In 2015, Cabot will release two new entries into the Princess Diaries series, one for adults and one for middle-grade readers. The adult book, aptly titled Royal Wedding, follows a grown-up and engaged Mia Thermopolis, whose nuptials are interrupted by an attempt to usurp her father's throne.
The middle-grade book, and a planned sequel, will follow a new character, Olivia Grace. She's a middle-school girl in New Jersey who discovers she is Princess Mia's long-lost half-sister. And much like her older sister, she will be thrust into the royal spotlight and will chronicle the adventure in a journal, complete with drawings. Cabot will illustrate From the Notebooks of a Middle-School Princess herself.
Cabot tells The Wall Street Journal that she believed there was room for more Princess Diaries books for different age groups. "A lot of the readers who grew up with The Princess Diaries YA books are having kids of their own, and some are librarians or teachers, so the adult book is perfect for them," she says. In addition to the 10 novels and several spin-off books that make up the Princess Diaries world, Disney adapted the series into two films, starring Anne Hathaway as Princess Mia.
The most recent Princess Diaries book, Forever Princess, landed at No.133 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list in 2009. The fourth book in the series, Princess in Waiting, debuted at No.18 in 2003, and spent six weeks in the top 150.
William Morrow plans to publish Royal Wedding next summer, while From the Notebooks of a Middle-School Princess is due next fall from Feiwel and Friends.