The Weinstein Co. and its Weinstein Books picked up the children's series, Alex and the Ironic Gentleman, written by first-time author Adrienne Kress.

The book chronicle the plucky 10-year-old orphan Alex Morningside's quest to free her schoolteacher from the clutches of evil pirates. The Hollywood Reporter adds the magical mission takes her aboard the Ironic Gentleman, a pirate ship where her teacher is held prisoner.

Alex and the Ironic Gentleman will be published in fall 2007, with the unwritten and untitled sequel tentatively scheduled for the following fall.