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  Kids' author makes millions from latest book
Updated 30 September 2003, 15.54
Jonathon Stroud is the latest to be called the new JK
A children's author has made millions from his latest book, The Amulet of Samarkand, and it's not even in the shops yet.

Jonathon Stroud's fourth book is one of a trilogy about a demon - or djinni - called Bartimaeus, who has been summoned by a 12-year-old apprentice wizard, Nathaniel.

He'd only written 92 pages when interest in the book started, and publishers Random House paid him more than a million pounds to sell the book for him.

The Amulet of Samarkand is the first book in a trilogy
The Amulet of Samarkand is the first book in a trilogy
He also made a big deal with film producers Miramax to make a big-screen version of his books.

So, a book about a wizard that's being turned into a film, sound familiar anyone?

Unsurprisingly Stroud's books have been compared with Potter, something he's quite happy about.

"I am honoured but also amused by the Rowling tag because it gets passed so rapidly from one person to the next," he said.

"I enjoyed the Harry Potter books and children's fantasy is doing brilliantly at the moment.

"I wanted to put a different spin on the fantasy thing and try something new - with the genie, rather than the boy wizard, being the central character."

The Amulet of Samarkand is published on 2 October.

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