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Schoolboy adventure continues with 'Paperboy 2'     Send a link to a friend

[OCT. 30, 2004]  The second Paperboy book by child phenomenon 14-year-old Omari Jeremiah has begun production, according to Rob Morton, president of Morton Books.

"In less than a year," said Morton, "the world has turned upside down for young Omari and his family. Yet, the young author has kept his eyes on the ball and has written another wonderful book, full of compelling, inventive characters. With 'Paperboy 2: Overwhelming Odds,' he has taken the Paperboy saga to a new level. Illustrator Bernie Rollins has also stepped up to the plate and has given us some brilliant illustrations."

There is no question that 2004 was a great year for both Omari and Morton Books. The first Paperboy, written when the author was only 11, "took off like a rocket headed for Mars," Morton said. "The next thing we knew, newspapers and television shows came calling; book signings were popping up all over; The New York Daily News ran a large feature; requests for Omari to speak with school kids flooded our office; and most interesting, Hollywood types showed up talking deals.

"It has been one heck of a year. We sold out the first printing in little over a month! But can you imagine, a black kid from the Bronx, and only 13, becoming the literary toast of New York City? Now that's never been done before," Morton said.

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Paperboy, the superhero created by Omari and brought to full visual life by the gifted illustrator Bernie Rollins, uses paper weapons to fight bullies and protect schoolchildren.

Critics across the country have praised the book, and a number of educators have hailed the book as a perfect teaching tool to help get young people, especially young black males, interested in reading.

"The teachers love us, the critics love us, and the general public loves us," Morton said. "I am certain that they will also love 'Paperboy 2: Overwhelming Odds' just as much."

"Paperboy 2: Overwhelming Odds" is due in bookstores in time for the Christmas season. Advance copies can be reserved through www.mortonbooks.com

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