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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee’s Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature and the Knox County Public Library are beginning Halloween weekend with a presentation by National Book Award Finalist and Edgar Award-winning author Nancy Werlin.

Werlin will read selections from her books at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street. Werlin also will award a signed copy of her newest book to the best costumed teen (ages 11-17) in the audience.

Werlin is the acclaimed author of young adult thrillers including “The Killer’s Cousin,” “Locked Inside,” “Black Mirror,” “Double Helix,” “The Rules of Survival,” the New York Times best-seller “Impossible,” and her newest work, “Extraordinary.” She was a National Book Award Finalist and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist for “The Rules of Survival,” and won an Edgar Award for “The Killer’s Cousin.” A graduate of Yale College, Nancy lives with her husband in Melrose, Mass.

“Extraordinary” is a story of friendship and loyalties, where family history determines the fate of many and a generations-old pact requires a sacrifice of the greatest proportion. When Phoebe meets Mallory Tolliver, she is irresistibly drawn to her, despite Mallory’s odd ways. The two form a sister-like bond until Mallory’s handsome brother, Ryland, appears during their junior year, and Phoebe finds herself intensely attracted to him. A dangerous romance begins, but Phoebe soon discovers that Mallory and Ryland are not who they seem.

The mission of UT Knoxville’s Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature is to celebrate and promote literature and to encourage reading through outreach to children and their parents, to current and future teachers and librarians, to members of the community, and to scholars and thinkers across disciplines. The center is housed in the School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information.

C O N T A C T :

Miranda Clark, Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature (865-974-2305,