Apr 1 2010 10:47am

New Mid-Grade Reader Line from Tor: InnerSpace!

Larry the Christmas TapewormWith the success of various illustrated novels for kids such as Babymouse and Dragonbreath, Tor has decided to delve into their own mid-grade novel line: InnerSpace. While much of the science fiction it has published thus far has been futuristic or outer space focused, the InnerSpace line will focus on the  human body and the mysteries within, but heavy on the fun and entertaining and light on the stodgy and educational.

The series’ November, 2010 launch title will be Larry, The Christmas Tapeworm, written by yours truly. I was thrilled to have the chance to collaborate with noted artist and Dragonbreath author, Ursula Vernon. There are few artists who have the whimsical skill to bring alive both the trials and the triumphs of Larry, a young tapeworm, and his search for the true meaning of Christmas. Larry will have further adventures in a sequel, Candy Corn Doesn't Digest, in September, 2011.

Vernon will be also illustrating and authoring future books in the series. Look for Single-Celled Samurai in February, 2011, and Mervyn the MIGHTYchondria in July.

Mur Lafferty is an author and podcaster. She is the host and producer of the Story Podcast and I Should Be Writing and the author of Playing For Keeps, among other things. You can find all of her projects at

Ursula Vernon is an author, illustrator, and painter, most notably of the Dragonbreath series. You can find more about her at

Ian Gazzotti
1. Atrus
That fact that this is probably just an April Fools makes me sad.
Daniel Goss
2. Beren
Love it! I'll be sure to get all of these for my 8-year-old! There's nothing like abdominal pain, nausea and unexplained weight loss to bring out the true meaning of Christmas!

Excellent work.
Evan Goer
3. evangoer
I would totally read Single-Celled Samurai.
4. DaveQat
As someone who has been a fan Ursula's for years, I could totally see her doing this, too...
5. C12VT
My five year old would love these...

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