Highly Anticipated Teen Novel to Launch at Champaign Library
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/16/2012
Contact: Betsy Su, Teen Librarian
(217) 403-2070 | email@example.com
One of the most eagerly anticipated young adult books of 2012 will be launched at the Champaign Public Library. Champaign author Julie Cross’s action-packed debut novel, Tempest, will be released on Tuesday, January 17. Adults and teens are invited to a launch celebration with the author on Saturday, January 21, 2012, at 2 pm. The hourlong event will be in Robeson Pavilion Room A & B of the library, at 200 W. Green St.
Cross will discuss the inspiration for her teen time-travel plot and how she balanced the task of writing with family and work commitments. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event, and the author will sign books after her presentation.
Registration is recommended. Registrants will be entered in a drawing for a copy of the book. Registration is available online at http://bit.ly/julie_cross_tempest or by calling 403-2070.
The author describes Tempest as a cross between The Bourne Identity and The Time Traveler’s Wife — but with teenage protagonists. At the story’s center is 19-year-old Jackson Meyer, who witnesses his girlfriend’s murder, then falls back two years in time, where he is obsessed with preventing the crime. Publishers Weekly said, “It’s a story packed with moments both tender and electric — Cross’s zippy writing and fresh plot are an exhilarating combination.” MTV included the book on a list of “12 YA Novels We Can’t Wait to Read in 2012.” The Wall Street Journal listed Tempest among nine new titles that are expected to attract both teen and adult readers, the same age range that made Harry Potter a success.
Tempest is the first book in a trilogy being published by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press. The studio that filmed Twilight, Summit Entertainment, has optioned the rights to all three of Cross’s novels.