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INLET (NY) - Justin, Carol and Gary VanRiper of Adirondack Kids Press are proud to announce the release of book number thirteen in The Adirondack Kids® series of adventure books for children and the young at heart.
In this brand new adventure, spring has arrived and beloved characters, Justin Robert and Nick Barnes are planning a bicycle race and find themselves caught up in an adventure revolving around the disappearance of Bug-Eye, the blackfly, from the famous Adirondack Carousel.
"Our new book has our longest title yet," said Adirondack Kids co-author, Justin VanRiper. "It's called, The Carousel Case, The Bicycle Race and The Blackfly Bad Guy. And it's our first Adirondack Kids story set in the spring."
"For some 10 years we have wanted to do a story involving the Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake and the Black Fly Challenge® in Inlet and Indian Lake Justin's dad and co-author Gary VanRiper. "We have been sitting on a basic storyline for a long time and with the Carousel's Grand Opening last Memorial Weekend, the timing to act on it finally worked out perfectly."
It was in 2010 when The Adirondack Kids® series of books officially passed 100,000 copies sold. The first printing of book number one was released in the spring of 2001 with 2,000 copies, which sold out within the first few months.
The VanRiper team has been writing one book a year now for thirteen years and what began as a fun father-and-son writing project has now grown into a small publishing company.
As early as 2002, the VanRipers were interviewed and featured in Writer's Digest's Writing Success Magazine and in 2004, The Adirondack Kids® was featured in Publishers Weekly, at that time unusual for self-published projects.
Their 5th book, Islands in the Sky won the first ever Adirondack Literary Award for Best Children's Book, presented by the Adirondack Center for Writing.
In 2007, they were dubbed "superstars of regional self-publishing" by writer Nancy Davis Kho in Adirondack Life magazine, and to date have appeared in countless schools, libraries, conferences and conventions in an effort to inspire young readers to keep on reading and young writers to keep on reading and writing.
Two major events scheduled for The Adirondack Kids® in 2013 include a book launch at the Adirondack Carousel on Saturday, May 25, of Memorial Day Weekend. Contact the Adirondack Carousel at www.adirondackcarousel.org for more information on the event or LIKE the official Facebook page - The Adirondack Kids®.
Then on Saturday, October 5, of Columbus Day Weekend, it is the 2nd Annual Adirondack Kids Day in Inlet, New York sponsored by KIWANIS of the Central Adirondacks and with special presentations and events for families all day long, including a book signing featuring over a dozen children's authors whose works are set in the Adirondacks.
For more information on Adirondack Kids Day contact The Inlet Information Center at 1-866-GO-INLET; The Adirondack Reader at 315-357-2665 or LIKE the official Facebook page - The Adirondack Kids®.
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