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New Books for Tween Girls from Bestselling Author Nancy Rue

Contact: Lindsey Rodarmer, Zondervan, 616-698-3332, lindsey.rodarmer@zondervan.com

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 25 /Christian Newswire/ -- Zonderkidz(TM), the children's division of Zondervan, is publishing two new books by bestselling Faithgirlz!(TM) author Nancy Rue in October 2008. Rue has sold more than one million Lily books and thousands of other Faithgirlz! books. This fall, her readers will get to meet a brand-new Faithgirlz! character.

Lucy Rooney is a feisty, precocious tomboy from the Southwest who loves soccer and questions everything--even God. A horrible accident killed her mother and blinded her father while they were serving in Iraq, turning Lucy's life upside down. Her bossy, career-minded Aunt Karen thinks eleven-year-old Lucy needs a woman's influence. It will take a strong but gentle housekeeper named Inez to show Lucy that there are many ways to become the woman God intends her to be. The new Lucy novels inspire young women ages 8 to 12 to live a life of faith, even under the most difficult circumstances. Lucy Doesn't Wear Pink (ISBN: 978-0-310-71450-8) and Lucy Out of Bounds (ISBN: 978-0-310-71451-6), the first two Lucy Novels, will be available October 2008 in bookstores for $7.99.

Also in stores this October is a "must have" for fans of Nancy Rue-a chance for her readers to find out all the behind-the-scenes answers to their most sought-after questions in Dear Nancy-Answers to Letters from Girls Like You.

Nancy loves getting letters from her readers, but finding the time to answer them has always been a challenge. Dear Nancy was born from a desire to connect with readers in-depth by really answering their questions, particularly the ones she gets asked over and over, like, “How did you become a writer?” and “What’s your favorite Scripture verse?” Readers want more than just tips on writing, though--they want to know about boys and friends, growing up, and even more about Nancy and her books. Dear Nancy (ISBN: 978-0-310-71496-6) will be available in stores in October 2008 for $9.99.

Nancy Rue is also hitting the road in 2008 and 2009 to talk directly to tween girls with the "Faithgirlz!-Beauty of Believing Tour." The first stop is Oct. 18 at a church in the Detroit area. Visit www.faithgirlz.com/tour for more information.

Zonderkidz(TM), a division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. Visit www.zonderkidz.com for more information.