NEW YORK, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, announced today that 16-year-old Kelly Korman from Deerfield Beach, Florida is the winner of the company's national "Win A Trip to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Movie Premiere" contest. Korman, her father and her best friend will be flown to Los Angeles where all three will attend the May 31 premiere of Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, starring Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively and Alexis Bledel. The film is based on Delacorte's New York Times bestselling novel by award-winning author Ann Brashares. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050527/NYF057 ) Korman's poem "Just Like We Always Do" was selected from over 1500 contest entries received by Random House Children's Books. The Contest participants were asked to share in 250 words or less what they would do if they were about to be separated from their best friends, as is the theme in the third book in the Sisterhood series Girls In Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood. Korman's fun-loving poem about the bond between her best friend and her "sisterhood soul-mates" and the sweater that keeps them connected struck a chord with the Random House contest judges. "We received hundreds of wonderful testimonies to the power of friendship," said Wendy Loggia, Executive Editor, Knopf Delacorte Dell, and editor of the Sisterhood novels. "What we loved most about Kelly's poem was the genuine bond she has with her best friend, Heather -- just like the Sisterhood! The presentation and snappy verse truly made her entry stand out." Director of Trade Marketing Victoria Tisch adds "We are thrilled with, yet not surprised by, the volume and enthusiasm of responses. The spirit of friendship that inhabits the Sisterhood books resonates deeply with readers." For Korman, receiving the call from Random House was a dream come true. "I screamed and ran around the house when I got that amazing phone call telling me I'd won," Korman says. "I've followed the Sisterhood through all of Ms. Brashares's books, so I know that this event will be something I'll never forget." In addition to the grand prize, fifty runners-up will receive an autographed copy of Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood, a Girls in Pants Pants Pocket Photo Album, and the Girls in Pants audiobook by Listening Library. For more information on Ann Brashares and the Sisterhood novels, please visit the official website at http://www.SisterhoodCentral.com. Random House Children's Books is the world's largest English-language children's trade book publisher. Producing books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books to novels and narrative nonfiction, the imprints of Random House Children's Books bring together world-famous franchise characters, multimillion-copy series, and top-flight, award-winning authors and illustrators. The company is comprised of two editorial divisions: the Random House/Golden Books Young Readers Group and the Knopf Delacorte Dell Young Readers Group. Their award-winning website, kids@random (http://www.randomhouse.com/kids) offers an array of materials and activities free of charge for children, parents, and educators. Random House Children's Books is a division of Random House, Inc., whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG.
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