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Andrew McCarthy of 'Pretty in Pink' writes young adult novel
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Andrew McCarthy of ‘Pretty in Pink’ writes young adult novel

FILE - In this May 17, 2015 file photo, Andrew McCarthy arrives at the at Disney Media Distribution International Upfronts in Burbank, Calif. McCarthy, known for his roles in 1980s films "Pretty In Pink" and "St. Elmo's Fire," has a deal with Algonquin Young Readers for "Just Fly Away," the story of a teenage girl who learns her father has had a son from an extramarital affair. The book is scheduled for the spring of 2017, the publisher announced Monday, July 27. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew McCarthy is taking a new step in his life as a writer — a young adult novel.

The actor known in the 1980s for “Pretty In Pink” and “St. Elmo’s Fire” has a deal with Algonquin Young Readers for “Just Fly Away,” the story of a teenage girl who learns her father has had a son from an extramarital affair.

The publisher announced Monday that the book is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2017.

In recent years, McCarthy has written numerous travel essays, his work appearing in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal among other publications. He also wrote a memoir about travel called “The Longest Way Home.”

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