Canadian author Kelley Armstrong's THE AWAKENING debuts at No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller list

    TORONTO, May 15 /CNW/ - Bestselling adult author Kelley Armstrong's
sophomore young adult title, THE AWAKENING, claims the No. 1 spot on the New
York Times Bestseller list after just one week of sales.
    THE AWAKENING, which went on sale in the US and Canada on April 28, 2009,
is the second in Armstrong's Darkest Powers Trilogy, written for young adults.
Continuing the story of a young girl with newly-discovered supernatural
powers, THE AWAKENING is the highly-anticipated follow up to THE SUMMONING,
which has been a bestseller in Canada and in the U.S. Doubleday Canada has
almost 100,000 copies of the first two installments of the Darkest Powers
trilogy in print, and sales are building at a remarkable rate.
    Brad Martin, President and CEO of Random House of Canada notes: "Kelley
Armstrong is truly Canada's Stephenie Meyer; a must-read author for all fans
of paranormal fiction. A treat for readers of all ages."
    Agent Sarah Heller remarks: "I am not surprised at Kelley's meteoric
success with the first two books of THE DARKEST POWERS series, but I'm no less
thrilled. Kelley has built a stunningly successful career internationally with
paranormal adult fiction, and it is wonderful to see how quickly she has
replicated that success in the YA market. The books in this series are
incredibly compelling. They stand out in a market dominated by supernatural
fiction, effortlessly resonating with young and teen readers."
    Kelley writes prolifically in multiple genres of crime, paranormal and
now young adult novels. She is best-known for her Women of the Otherworld
series written for adults, the 10th volume of which, FROSTBITTEN, is coming
out this Fall from Random House Canada. Armstrong's adult titles have over
250,000 copies in print, and she recently overtook Laurell K. Hamilton as the
bestselling author of paranormal suspense in the UK.
    Says Maya Mavjee, Executive Publisher: "Doubleday Canada is very pleased
to be the publishing home for Kelley's young adult books. We have benefited
from working in close partnership with Anne Collins, Kelley's editor and
Publisher of her adult fiction at Random House Canada. This is still early
days for what feels very much like a publishing phenomenon."
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