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“Wheelchairs aren’t scary,” NJ Resident Writes in New Book

A resident of Wayne, New Jersey, is doing his part to help children with the power of reading. According to Norfolk Daily News, the man is Zach Jorgensen, a 22 year old resident of Wayne who is a graphic designer, author, motivational speaker, vlogger, and hip hop artist. Zach has published a picture book, intending to show kids that wheelchairs aren’t scary.

The subject is important to Jorgensen, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is a genetic mutation that prevents the body from producing a specific protein muscles need to work properly. He requires a wheelchair for obvious reasons but is often upset at how children view his disability, saying:

“Throughout my whole life of being in a wheelchair, I have noticed that children are scared of my wheelchair. Some would even cry and try to hide from me.”

 

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His new book, Wheelchairs Aren’t Scaryis intended to help inform kids that, well, wheelchairs aren’t something to be afraid of. The book will showcase to kids that people with wheelchairs are just like you and me, they just move a little differently.

Jorgensen did research to see what publishing entailed before he wrote the book, which he intends to self-publish through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon. The book is to be targeted towards 3-8 year olds, who are often the most uneasy around wheelchairs or other handicapped people. For his part, Jorgensen hopes the book is a fun learning experience and gets kids to be much more comfortable around wheelchairs.

The book will release on Amazon on August 12th. Go and pick yourself up a copy! This should surely be a fun education opportunity, for kids and maybe even some adults.

 

 

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Julia Alvarez Is Back With Her Newest Novel ‘Afterlife’

Author and poet Julia Alvarez has revealed that her next novel will release in April 2020, and we have a title and plot description.

 

Julia Alvarez

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Afterlife will tell the story of Antonia Vega, an immigrant writer dealing with the death of her husband and the disappearance of her sister. Her world becomes more complicated when she meets a pregnant, undocumented immigrant girl and must deal with the fallout of letting her into her home.

 

 

The novel will be released by the publisher Algonquin Books, who are thrilled for the book. In a press release, Algonquin expressed their excitement over getting to publish Alvarez’s next work saying, “In this book, as in all Julia’s work, the individual lives she creates reveal how culture and politics impact ordinary people.”

Alvarez shared the same excitement by disclosing her feelings on her great relationship with the publisher. “I’m deeply gratified that the book’s publication allows me to continue my long and happy relationship with Algonquin.”

 

 

This will be Alvarez’s first novel since 2006. Afterlife is available for pre-order now here.

 

 

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Marvel Releases New ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer and Fans Are Getting Excited

Tom Holland recently posted a new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home on his Instagram and now fans are even more excited for the highly anticipated film set to be released on July 5th, 2019.

 

 

 

 

Hours before the release of the trailer, Holland did a live screening on Instagram and interacted with fans who love him just as much as we do.

 

 

 

 

Jake Gyllenhaal, a new member to the Marvel family, makes his debut as Mysterio! He posted the trailer on his Instagram as well causing another wave of thrills and joy for the fans.

 

 

 

 

It’s nice to see Spider-Man visible and ‘solid’ again. Hopefully, we see him stay that way in the next Infinity War movie!

 

 

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New James Patterson Novel Released for Facebook Messenger

It’s a pretty typical belief that technology stands in the way of our collective ability to read a book or maintain a five-minute attention span (insert edgy comic art of headphones strangling teens here). In fact, technology has lead to groundbreaking developments in publishing. Here’s another one—the world’s top bestselling author, James Patterson, has released a jaw-dropping thriller for Facebook Messenger months ahead of its print release.

 

James Patterson's 'The Chef'

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James Patterson’s latest, The Chef, is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride following a respected officer fighting serious criminal allegations. Set amidst the revelry and decadence of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras festival, this crime novel will give you cause to celebrate (only after you’re done biting your nails and/or staying up until four in the morning to finish). Patterson writesPolice detective by day, celebrity food truck chef by night, now Caleb Rooney has a new title: Most Wanted. Users can find The Chef by searching for it in the app—but that’s not the only exciting new development. Patterson’s interactive story goes far beyond words on a screen.

 

James Patterson's 'The Chef' for Facebook Messenger

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Using the Internet’s potential to its full extent, Patterson has included sound clips and videos that connect with the story. This multimedia content will help readers to envision the novel’s thrilling locations and feel closer to its protagonists. There are also Instagram accounts for the major characters—all to enhance the feeling that these characters (and the dangers they face) are real and immediate. Best of all, the online release comes three months before the print version! Physical copies of The Chef will be available in February. There will also be Live Q&A with Patterson during which he will answer all your questions—unless your question is how does it end!? For that, you’ll have to keep reading and scrolling!

 

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Patterson, the world’s wealthiest author and recipient of the only ever nine-figure book deal, has made previous forays into the new frontier of electronic publishing—in fact, he broke yet another all-time record by becoming the first author to publish one million ebooks. Journeying into experimental publishing territory may be one thing that Patterson is not the first or only author to do. Recently, HarperCollins released the first ever Snapchat adaptation of a novel using source material from Suzy Cox‘s The Dead Girls Detective Agency. Still, it’s likely that Patterson’s multimedia breakthrough will be unprecedented in its success (unless, of course, it’s precedented only by him). 

 

 

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Celebrate Little Women’s 150th Anniversary with This Beautiful New Special Edition

It’s been 150 years since Little Women was published. Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel has been embraced by generations of readers since its release and it remains one of the most popular children’s classics.

 

This coming-of-age tale introduced readers to the March sisters, four young women whose unique personalities and endearing tales quickly grabbed the hearts of readers. Through the highs and hardships of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, Little Women explores the struggle of leaving behind adolescence and entering adulthood, and the journey to find and accept one’s identity while facing the growing pressures of societal expectations. 

 

 

In celebration of its 150th anniversary year, Vintage Classics and imprint of Penguin Random House will be publishing a special edition of the novel featuring a new and colorful cover.

 

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This special edition will not only reintroduce readers to the story of the March sisters, but it will allow readers to explore their later tales as it includes the novel’s sequel, Good Wives.

 

 

Readers can revisit the March sisters upon the special edition’s release on August 30th, 2018.

 

 

 

 

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