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WITTY CHILDREN'S BOOK WINS ONEBOOKAZ FOR KIDS

CHANDLER, AZ - (December, 2011) - Arizona librarians, teachers, school administrators, students, and countless others voted for Arizona Way Out West & Witty: Library Edition, earning it the prestigious title of ONEBOOKAZ for Kids as declared by Secretary of State Ken Bennett. Beginning in March 2012, the program will encourage children in communities across the state to read Arizona Way Out West & Witty and participate in discussions and programs centered on the book.
Written by multi award-winning authors Lynda Exley and Conrad J. Storad, Arizona Way Out West & Witty: Library Edition is a humorous children's history and activity book designed to make learning enjoyable for grade-schoolers. The book delivers Arizona history with a side of fun by including gross, interesting and wacky stories and facts about the state, as well as crossword puzzles, games, recipes, crafts and other amusements. Ideal for teachers and homeschoolers, Arizona Way Out West & Witty: Library Edition also has a curriculum guide at the back of the book. In addition, schools and libraries that order a minimum of 30 copies receive a "Copies for Life" certificate of permission that allows them to copy pages from the book for official school use. Personal use and sharing copied material is prohibited.
"We thank all the thoughtful children and adults who believed in Arizona Way Out West & Witty and took the time to vote for it," say the book's authors and publisher, Linda Radke of Five Star Publications, Inc., in a joint statement. "Children had to pull themselves away from their video games and adults had to squeeze time into their busy schedules to cast their votes. That shows they care very much about what children living in Arizona read."
Arizona Way Out West and Witty: Library Edition, an Official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project that retails for $11.95 (978-1-58985-092-7), is distributed by Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Pacific Four Sales and available at Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com and bookstores across the state. Additional information about the book, its authors and its sister publication, Arizona Way Out West & Wacky, is posted at www.AZWOWW.com. To book the authors and Johnny "JR" Ringo, the State Mammal Mascot, for a school visit or other event, contact Five Star Publications at 480-940-8182 or info@FiveStarPublications.com.
A second Five Star Publications' Centennial Legacy Project book, Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo, was one of four finalists for ONEBOOKAZ for Kids as well. In first person, the true story recounts the life of famous Sheriff John Slaughter-s young daughter, Addie, who bravely travels from Texas to the Arizona-Mexico border, settling on the late-1800s Slaughter Ranch. Along the way, her mother dies; she narrowly escapes a stagecoach robbery and murder; an earthquake destroys the ranch; her father's earlobe is shot off; and she meets Geronimo. For details, visit www.AddieSlaughterBook.com or contact Five Star Publications.
For more details on the AHAC Centennial Legacy Project, visit www.azcentennial.gov.
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WACKY CHILDREN'S BOOK TAKES ARIZONA BY STORM


CHANDLER, AZ - (October, 2011) - With the ink barely dry on the first printing of Arizona Way Out West & Wacky, and the book's launch release not even written yet, more than more than 300 copies of the humorous children's Arizona history and activity book have already been sold, and the AZ WOWW team is already booked for dozens of Centennial presentations at schools, conventions, bookstores and more!

"This impressive sales volume on a local children's book that isn't even two days old is incredible," says Linda Radke, president of Five Star Publications, Inc., and publisher of Arizona Way Out West & Wacky. "I've been in this business for 26 years, and I've rarely seen sales this brisk on a local publication that wasn't even officially released yet. And it's not just Arizona buyers, either. Teachers and families from Tennessee, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada and Texas have purchased copies. I will likely need to run a second printing before Arizona's Centennial arrives."

In addition to sales and event bookings, AZ WOWW's popularity is evident in the fact that pages of Arizona Way Out West & Wacky are slated to be incorporated in the Maricopa Counting Summer Reading Program.

The official launch for Arizona Way Out West & Wacky, written by multi award-winning authors Conrad J. Storad and Lynda Exley, will be at the Gilbert Fall Music and Halloween Festival from noon to 10 p.m. Sat., Oct. 29 at Freestone Park Ballfield Complex at 1045 S. Juniper St., where Five Star Centennial authors will conduct storytelling and autograph books. Arizona's mammal mascot, Johnny "JR" Ringo will also pose for photos with children.

"AZ WOWW was designed to make learning Arizona history fun for grade-schoolers by delivering history with a fun edge by including gross, interesting and wacky stories and facts about Arizona, and it's filled with crossword puzzles, games, coloring pages, recipes, crafts and other amusements," explains Radke. "Plus, when a school orders a minimum of 30 copies, we send them a certificate of permission that allows them to sidestep the copyright and reproduce as much of the book as they want as long as it is for official school use and not for personal use or to share with another school."

Arizona Way Out West & Wacky, an Official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project that retails for $11.95 (ISBN: 978-1-58985-047-7), is distributed by Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Pacific Four Sales and available at Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and will soon be at Walmart.com, Target.com and indiebound.org. Additional information about AZ WOWW is posted at www.AZWOWW.com. To reach Five Star Publications, call 480-940-8182 or visit FiveStarPublications.com . For more details on the AHAC Centennial Legacy Project, visit www.azcentennial.gov .

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