Tradewind Books launches The Lewton Experiment
Novel pushes junior reporter genre into "Unforgettable Twilight Zone"
Toronto, ON (October 22, 2012) - Tradewind Books has launched The Lewton Experiment, its latest novel for young adult readers. The mystery-thriller follows 17-year-old Sherri Richmond, a Toronto girl who takes the job of student reporter at a small town newspaper in the age of texting and social media.
When Sherri arrives in the fictional Muskoka town of Lewton, instead of the bustling tourist town she expected, she finds deserted streets gripped by a dark secret. Are sinister forces at play? Determined to unravel the mystery, Sherri defies her editor, outwits a rival reporter and even stumbles into a romance as she launches her own investigation into a big box store run amok.
First time novelist Rachel Sa was inspired to write The Lewton Experiment during her year as a news reporter in Huntsville, Ontario.
"I love when fiction reflects reality," says Sa. "So, when I lived in Huntsville and interviewed Main Street merchants who were terrified that a big box store was coming to town, I wondered: What would happen if a big box store literally took over a town and its inhabitants?"
Sa wrote a first draft of the novel during the three-day 2004 Muskoka Novel Marathon in support of adult literacy. The novel took shape in subsequent years as Sa pursued her Master's in Creative Writing at The University of British Columbia.
Best-selling children's writer Susan Juby (Alice, I Think, Bright's Light) calls the completed novel: "Entertaining, tightly plotted, funny and terrifically creepy."
Governor General's Award-winner Glen Huser (The Runaway, Stitches) says:
"For anyone who has ever wondered if the greeter in a big box store might actually be brainwashed - and haven't we all - you will discover a shopper's special in Rachel Sa's Lewton. This is a sly and often funny first novel that pushes the junior reporter genre into an unforgettable twilight zone."
Rachel Sa is a professional writer whose work includes What Rachel Sa: A Field Guide for Parents, a collection of her newspaper columns and commentary.
Carol Frank and Michael Katz started Tradewind Books in 1996. Their titles have been recognized internationally for their fine illustrations, award-winning writing and innovative design. Tradewind Books celebrates the work of authors from diverse cultures within Canada and around the world.
Tradewind Books is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Their titles are distributed in Canada through Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited, in the US through Orca Book Publishers, in the UK through Turnaround Publisher Services and in Australia through John Reed Book Distribution.
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