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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bestselling author Deborah Gregory Pounces With New Series


RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN'S BOOKS ANNOUNCES NEW SERIES FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE CHEETAH GIRLS


From the award-winning author of The Cheetah Girls series, Deborah Gregory, comes a new series that follows a dynamic and diverse group of four teen girls at Manhattan's Fashion International High School. CATWALK (Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers / Retail $8.99 / Ages 10 up) combines Gregory's upbeat urban voice with the appeal of Project Runway and America's Next Top Model, for a fresh, fierce and fashion-forward read. The second book in the CATWALK series, Strike a Pose, was published Fall 2009. Catwalk: Rip The Runway is the last installment in the trilogy and debuts September 13th, 2011 in a special Catwalk Omni edition with all Catwalk three novels.

Pashmina, Angora, Aphro, and Felinez's best friends and budding fashionistas are about to enter the contest of their lives: the Catwalk competition. Each year, students split up into fashion teams--also known as houses--and compete to design, produce, and show fully original fashion lines. The winning house will garner several modeling and college scholarships for its team members, and the chance of a lifetime--to stage their fashion show abroad during. Five fashion houses assemble their teams and prepare for the competition. The House of Pashmina is ready to prove its catitude and pure fabbieness will it have what it takes to win?

Bouncy, smart, and sassy, CATWALK introduces young readers to a fashion world where with spot-on slang and clean, bubbly story. CATWALK: Strike A Pose is the second book in the series--and is sure to score major purr points with its glossary of terms such as shopportunity, feline fatale, purrlicious and many, many more!


Deborah Gregory is the author of the wildly successful tween pop culture phenomenon, The Cheetah Girls, winner of the Blackboard Children's Book of the Year Award. The sixteen-book series was adapted into three Disney Channel original movies: The Cheetah Girls which debuted in 2003. Cheetah Girls 2, the sequel, premiered in August 2006 at number one in its time slot for all network and cable stations, becoming the channel's highest-rated movie in history.. Cheetah Girls One World--filmed on location in India-- premiered August 2008. Gregory served as co-producer for all three films.

Prior to creating THE CHEETAH GIRLS, Gregory was a contributing writer for Essence magazine. Her work has also appeared in VIBE, Heart and Soul, Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, and Redbook, where she began her writing career.

Gregory was born in Brooklyn, homeless at the age of three, then raised in the foster care system under ACS in New York City. She earned an associate's degree in applied science from the Fashion Institute of Technology and received her bachelor's degree in English literature and writing at Empire State College. She lives in New York City with her beloved pooch, Cappuccino. For more information about Deborah and her books, visit www.cheetahrama.com .

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