A New Russel Middlebrook Book? Yup! Look for it in December 2014

So a lot of people have been asking me lately if I’m going to write a fifth Russel Middlebrook book. And the answer is … yes! It will be released in December of this year.

At this point, the plot details are top-secret (not really — it’s just that the book isn’t done yet, and I could end up changing things). But I can tell you that it jumps ahead in time, to Russel and the gang in college. It’s a “reboot,” I guess — which makes sense when you consider that all the other series storylines were wrapped up at the end of The Elephant of Surprise.

So what else have I been working on lately? Well, I have a couple of other novels forthcoming, some young adult, some adult — and these projects really are secret, mostly because the publication details haven’t been ironed out yet.

I’ve also been working my butt off on a film adaptation of my play The Starfish Scream (which is another gay teen story, but very different from the Russel Middlebrook books). It looks good that they may film later this year, but nothing is ever definite in movies until the cameras are actually rolling. (I have a couple of other movie projects in the works too, but none of these are this far along.)

For what it’s worth? A fifth Russel Middlebrook book wasn’t really part of my plans, at least not this soon. Those of you who’ve read The Elephant of Surprise know that it’s all about closure.

But the reaction to that last book (and the sales figures!) really changed my mind. I know that a lot of the attention comes from the release of the Geography Club movie late last year. But when an author receives a hundred emails from readers asking for something, he has to be absolute idiot not to listen (!).

Long story short? I’m just incredibly grateful that these books have touched so many people, and I’m thrilled when people take the time to tell me.

A new Russel Middlebrook book? Yup, and you guys are the reason why.

P.S. The other question I’ve been asked a lot is: will there be a movie based on The Order of the Poison Oak? Alas, I don’t have any answer to that.

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15 Responses to “A New Russel Middlebrook Book? Yup! Look for it in December 2014”

  1. Austin 5 April 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    Please Please Please!!!!! Have Russel and Kevin get back together in this book they belong together. I can come up with a celebrity name like Kevssel or Russvin to convince you to get them back together. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Brent Hartinger 18 April 2014 at 7:32 am #

      Lol! I think you'll be happy.

      • Austin 19 April 2014 at 1:14 am #

        Just finished The Elephant of Surprise and have to say I loved the ending I was hoping that's how it was going to end. Also I have to say that this is the first book series that I have ever finished all the other book series I have tired to read I have always read the first book and stopped, but I have read every single Russel Middlebrook book you have read.

        • Brent Hartinger 19 April 2014 at 9:24 pm #

          That makes me very happy!

  2. Dean 8 April 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    I just recently found The Russel Middlebrook books and I just LOVE them. And yes totally Russel and Kevin need to get back together. Thank you so mach for writing this incredible series :D

    • Brent Hartinger 9 April 2014 at 7:37 am #

      Thanks, Dean. That means a lot to me.

  3. steven 9 April 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    Hey! I'm still stuck with the 2nd book! Haven't read double feature.. yet. Will otto still be appearing in the 5th book?

    • Brent Hartinger 10 April 2014 at 6:22 am #

      Yes, Otto is in the 5th book (but it's not a HUGE part).

  4. Mark 11 April 2014 at 10:39 am #

    I'm just finish read the 4th book!! It was AWESOME!! Good Job Brent Hartinger :)

    Waiting for the 5th book… ^_^

    • Brent Hartinger 18 April 2014 at 7:30 am #

      Glad u liked it! (I think it's my favorite.)

  5. Mark 11 April 2014 at 10:41 am #

    I'm just finish read the 4th book!! It was AWESOME!! Good Job Brent Hartinger :)

    Waiting for the 5th book ^_^

  6. osutim 2 June 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    I am so, so, so glad to hear this. "Geography Club" is the first LGBT book I read as a teen struggling with coming out, and I devoured Order of the Poison Oak immediately afterward. double Feature came out later down the road, and i just finished Elephant of Surprise and I loved it! when i saw that you were putting out another Russell book, I was so excited! Cannot wait to read it! So grateful for these books!

    • Brent Hartinger 3 June 2014 at 6:38 pm #

      Thank you very much! :-)

  7. bhartinger 18 April 2014 at 7:33 am #

    Thanks, really appreciate that!

  8. bhartinger 9 July 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    Wonderful! I\’m so pleased. Good luck with your own book!


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