'Paperboy II' continues righteous directive with success
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[APRIL 6, 2005]
IRVINGTON, N.J. -- The second Paperboy book by 14-year-old child
phenomenon Omari Jeremiah has been released, according to Rob Morton, president
of Morton Books.
"In less than a year, the world has
turned upside down for young Omari and his family," Morton said.
"Yet, the young author has kept his eyes on the ball and has written
another wonderful book, full of compelling, inventive characters.
With 'Paperboy II: 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. Both the New York Times and the New York Daily News ran large
features; requests for Omari to speak with school kids flooded our
office; and most interesting, Hollywood types showed up talking
"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."
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The second "Paperboy" has also been
greeted with critical acclaim. For example, the New York Times
called it "a longer, more sophisticated story."
In a review for the Beachwood Voice,
Barbara Snow wrote: "Not resting on the laurels of his first book,
Omari has written the sequel, 'Paperboy II: Overwhelming Odds,'
again with illustrations by Bernie Rollins, just released by Morton
Books. In this continuing saga of schoolyard oppression, Paperboy
continues the fight against reinforced odds. How can paper weapons
defeat knives and the superior numbers and evil intentions of the
LOEP? You can only find out by reading the entertaining and
uplifting work of this incredible young man whose writing career has
launched like a rocket."
"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 II: Overwhelming Odds'
just as much."
"Paperboy II: Overwhelming Odds," is
now in bookstores and can be brought by contacting
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