Schoolboy adventure continues with 'Paperboy 2'
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[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
"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
"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
Year Old Omari Jeremiah Releases First Book"]