This is Amazon's premiere title in the AmazonEncore program. In their announcement, Amazon explains:
'...authors with great potential often struggle to connect with the larger audience they deserve to reach. We’re fortunate at Amazon.com to have customers who know a good book when they read one...And Fall 2009 is here.
AmazonEncore is a new program whereby Amazon will use information such as customer reviews on Amazon.com to identify exceptional, overlooked books and authors with more potential than their sales may indicate. Amazon will then partner with the authors to re-introduce their books to readers through marketing support and distribution into multiple channels and formats, such as the Amazon.com Books Store, Amazon Kindle Store, Audible.com, and national and independent bookstores via third-party wholesalers.
Our premiere AmazonEncore title, Legacy, written by 14-year-old Cayla Kluver (now 16), had review titles such as "loved it, loved it," "rich lyrical tapestry and story," and "breath-taking in scope and execution!" In addition to raves from customers, Ms. Kluver has won several awards from literary groups. The new version of Legacy will be available in Fall 2009. '
On the book's main page: "Legacy was Bronze Medalist in Young Adult Fiction in the 2008 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards; Finalist in Young Adult Fiction in the National Best Books Awards 2008, sponsored by USA Book News."
Kluver started this novel, centering on the turmoil experienced by an 18-yr old heroine, when she was 14, but her 18-yr old sister was there with her world's experience :-) Here's a videoclip of the two sisters discussing her book and also an interview with young Kluver, who is 16 now.
The prologue and first chapter are available on the product page too.
It was interesting to me that some of the appreciative customer feedback was from people who had not realized the author was so young.
If you want the hard cover version after reading the Kindle edition, you can also get that here, though the hard-cover edition isn't free.
Kudos to Kayla Cluver!
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