Almost overnight, Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt Hummel on “Glee,” is turning into a one-man cottage industry. Whereas several of his cast mates have recorded albums or pursued jobs on stage, Mr. Colfer has turned to writing books and movies.
The 22-year-old actor wrote, stars in and executive produced an independent feature, “Struck By Lightning,” that Tribeca Films will release this fall. Meanwhile, his first young adult novel, “The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell,” entered the New York Times Bestseller Children’s Books list at No. 1 over the weekend, where it remains this Sunday.
Besides shooting the fourth season of “Glee,” Mr. Colfer said he is at work on a sequel to “The Land of Stories,” several other screenplays and recently adapted the children’s book “The Little Leftover Witch” for the Disney Channel, which, for the moment has decided not to produce a pilot.
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The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
By Chris Colfer; Little, Brown, 38 pp., $17.99, for ages 8 to 12; fiction
Chris Colfer, best known as Kurt Hummel on the hit TV series Glee, now can sing about his latest accomplishment: He’s a best-selling author. He has written his first novel, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, for tween readers. It made its debut on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list at No. 42.
Based on an idea he had when he was 10 — Colfer is now all of 22 — it stars 12-year-old twins who fall into the pages of their grandmother’s treasured fairy-tale collection.
The twins give new meaning to the idea of getting lost in a good book as they land in a series of kingdoms whereSleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White have become queens and married their own King Charmings.
USA TODAY says *** out of four. Land of Stories is “a comic and ironic adventure.”