NEW YORK — Welcome the latest celebrity children's author, Hilary Duff.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers said Tuesday the actress-singer will work on a series of young adult novels that starts with "Elixir," to be published in October. The first novel will feature the worldwide adventures of photojournalist Clea Raymond.
Twenty-two-year-old Duff also plans a nonfiction book about children coping with divorce, scheduled for 2012. Duff has written about her own parents' separation in the songs "Stranger" and "Gypsy Woman."
Duff had a recurring guest role on the popular CW series "Gossip Girl" last season. She also appeared in the movies "Cheaper by the Dozen," "The Lizzie McGuire Movie" and "A Cinderella Story."
She made headlines last month when she became engaged to National Hockey League player Mike Comrie.
The proposal happened during the NHL's two-week break for the Olympics; Comrie, 29, is an Edmonton Oilers forward. Duff and Comrie have been dating for more than two years.
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