Gary Ross might have left The Hunger Games, but he’s been busy working on a completely different project. It seems, that by doing a favor for a friend, he’s come up with his first ever published children’s book called Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind.
According to Publisher’s Weekly the book came about when director David Keopp approached Gary Ross about a character in the movie , The Trigger Effect, needing to read a bedtime story for a child:
In response to his friend’s dilemma, as he wanted an unpublished book to work with, [Gary] Ross wrote a few stanzas of a tale about a boy who wants to fly so badly that, when a huge wind blows past his window one night, he grabs his bedsheet and soars off into the night sky.
“[Actress] Elisabeth Shue read it in the movie,” Ross recalls. Ever since the movie’s release 15 years ago, fans have inquired in various forums how they could purchase the book from which Shue read.
It seems it was never part of the plan to complete the book, but then, as Publisher Weekly explains, Gary Ross had a chance encounter with Candlewick publisher, Karen Lotz, who loved the idea of the book so much that Gary ended up completing the project.
So all of these years later, the book is now a reality. You can get your own copy of Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind here
Source: Publisher’s Weekly