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06.14.2007

WORLD?S PREEMINENT PHYSICIST, STEPHEN HAWKING, TO PUBLISH HIS FIRST BOOK FOR CHILDREN EDITION BY SIMON & SCHUSTER BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS TO BE RELEASED IN FALL 2007

New York, NY-June 14, 2007-Professor Stephen Hawking, author of the multi-million copy bestselling A Brief History of Time, in partnership with his daughter Lucy Hawking will explain the universe to all ages in a new middle-grade novel entitled GEORGE'S SECRET KEY TO THE UNIVERSE. The undisputed expert on the universe explores new territory as he brings intricate scientific knowledge to a younger audience. Energetic illustrations rendered by Garry Parsons add humor, interest and clarity to the sophisticated information. Acquired for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers through agent Eric Simonoff of the Jankow & Nesbit Agency in conjunction with lead agent Tif Loehnis in their UK office, the book is set to be published in Fall 2007. The translation rights have already been sold to 24 countries.

 

"We are thrilled that Professor Stephen Hawking has written this one-of-a-kind book for children. Just like A Brief History of Time inspired millions of adult minds around the globe, George's Secret Key to the Universe will make this complex material readily accessible to a younger audience," said Rubin Pfeffer, Senior Vice-President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Children's Trade Publishing.

 

In GEORGE'S SECRET KEY TO THE UNIVERSE, George's parents, who have always been wary of technology, warn him about their new neighbors: Eric is a scientist and his daughter, Annie, seems to be following in his footsteps. Despite their warnings, George befriends them and Cosmos, their super-computer, and he finds himself on a wildly fun adventure, while learning about physics, time, and the universe. With Cosmos's help, he can travel to other planets and a black hole, but what would happen if the wrong people got their hands on Cosmos? George, Annie, and Eric are about to find out, and what ensues is a funny adventure that clearly explains the mysteries of science.

 

PROFESSOR STEPHEN HAWKING, a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at University of Cambridge, is the preeminent theoretical physicist in the world. His book, A Brief History of Time, sold more than 12.5 million copies and was on the New York Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. He has twelve honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE and was made a Companion of Honour. He has three children and two grandchildren. Visit him at http://www.hawking.org.uk/.

 

LUCY HAWKING, Stephen's daughter, is the author of two novels and has written for many British newspapers. She lives in Cambridge with her son.

 

DR. CHRISTOPHE GALFARD is a former research student of Professor Hawking. He collaborated on the scientific storyline. He lives in France.

 

GARRY PARSONS is the award-winning illustrator of many books including Billy's Bucket by Kes Gray and What's Cool About School by Kate Agnew. He lives in London. Visit him at http://www.garryparsons.co.uk/.

 

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SIMON & SCHUSTER CHILDREN'S PUBLISHING:
Contact: Paul Crichton, Director of Publicity
212 698 2809
Paul.Crichton@simonandschuster.com

 

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