For Alicia Keys, “Girl on Fire” isn’t just a million-selling single, but the title and inspiration for a young adult graphic novel scheduled for next year.
HarperCollins Publishers announced Tuesday (Aug. 31) that Girl on Fire, the story of 14-year-old Lolo Wright and her telekinetic powers, will come out March 1. The book is co-written by Andrew Weiner and illustrated by Brittney Williams.
“When I wrote ‘Girl on Fire,’ I knew I was writing it for that girl in the way back row who needed someone to tell her there’s nothing you can’t do, that nothing is impossible,” Keys said in a statement. “When Andrew and I came up with the idea of translating the song into a young adult graphic novel, I knew that I wanted it to be about a girl coming to realize the strength she’s always had. There’s a little Lolo in all of us — we all have the power inside to do what we never even thought we could — and I’m so proud and crazy excited to be able to share her story with you. You’re going to fall in love with Lolo.”
A 15-time Grammy winner, Keys has also written the books Tears for Water: Poetry & Lyrics and the memoir More Myself: A Journey.