Internationally Bestselling Author Mary Higgins Clark to Publish Her First Children's Book With Simon & Schuster

Aug 10, 2006, 01:00 ET from Simon & Schuster

    NEW YORK, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of
 Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, announced today plans to publish
 the first children's book by #1 New York Times bestselling author, Mary
 Higgins Clark. Mary Higgins Clark is the author of 26 suspense novels,
 three collections of short stories, a historical novel and a memoir; her
 books are worldwide bestsellers, with over 85 million copies in print in
 the U.S. alone. Renowned and award-winning artist Wendell Minor has been
 selected as the illustrator of the book entitled GHOST SHIP: A Cape Cod
 Story -- scheduled to be published in April 2007 with a fall '07 Simon &
 Schuster UK release.
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     "I am so pleased to have written my first children's book and to have
 my dear friend Wendell Minor illustrate it. I thought it would be a
 daunting project, but with six grandchildren and eleven step grandchildren,
 I've been telling stories to children for a long time," said Mary Higgins
     "We are thrilled to reunite longtime friends Mary Higgins Clark and
 Wendell Minor in such a special collaboration," said Rubin Pfeffer, Senior
 Vice President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Children's. "Through his
 art, Wendell catches the spirit of Mary's brilliant writing and truly
 brings Ghost Ship to life for children. It's as if this pairing was always
 meant to be."
     Set in Cape Cod, Ghost Ship is the story of a friendship between two
 boys, one visiting his grandmother on summer vacation in Cape Cod and
 another a cabin boy for a sea captain with stories to tell of his
 adventures on the high seas centuries before. Evoking the mystery and
 history of the high seas and the rich stories of Cape Cod, this is a book
 for children and for families to share and to make the world of long ago
 very near and real.
     "Mary Higgins Clark is an amazing storyteller and in Ghost Ship she
 creates a story rich in character and adventure that will inspire young
 readers to imagine the stories of their own past," said Paula Wiseman, V.P.
 and Editorial Director, who will be editing the book.
     Mary Higgins Clark, renowned for her insightful portrayals of children,
 now captures their imagination in her first children's book. She has had a
 home on the Cape for thirty years and is steeped in its rich history and
 folklore. She has used the Cape as a setting for three of her novels.
     Wendell Minor has illustrated dozens of award winning picture books.
 His illustrations have also graced the covers of some of the most
 significant novels of our time. He created the cover for Mary Higgins
 Clark's original classic "Where Are the Children," as well as the covers
 for David McCullough's works. Wendell Minor's paintings can be found in the
 permanent collections of such institutions as the Library of Congress and
 The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. He lives in Washington,
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