Official Press Release
She lost her father. She’s been thrust into the role of global savior. But
now, Sephie, the troubled young hero of the ongoing fantasy series MERIDIAN,
is walking on clouds. MERIDIAN VOL. 1: FLYING SOLO, the opening chapter in
the title’s series of graphic novels, was selected by the New York Public
Library for its Books for the Teen Age 2003 List. To celebrate the
publication of the List, a reception attended by dozens of authors-including
MERIDIAN writer Barbara Kesel-was held on Saturday, March 22nd, at the
world-renowned New York Public Library.
Now in its 74th year of publication, the List-available to school and public
libraries throughout all 50 states, as well as internationally-selects the
best of the previous year’s publishing for teenagers, 12 to 18-years-old.
All titles chosen have been read and reviewed by young adult librarians and
recommended for this special publication.
“Libraries and I go way back. I’ve been a library volunteer since my first
elementary school, and I worked at the Pomona Public Library in California
during my college years,” said MERIDIAN writer Barbara Kesel. “In all that
time, I’ve seen librarians work valiantly to keep kids reading in the age of
video, and I’m proud to be part of the most recent wave in reader
enticement: comic books. I’m so thrilled to have MERIDIAN, a book very close
to my heart, join the ranks of those considered the best works for young
readers. What an amazing honor.”
MERIDIAN follows the adventures of Sephie, a young girl whose life is
shattered by the death of her father…and the reception of a terrifying
gift. Branded by marks of supernatural origin, Sephie and her scheming uncle
Ilahn will either bring renewal or destruction to the poisoned world of
Demetria. With the fate of an entire planet upon her shoulders, she must
grow into the role of hero…but will defying her uncle cost Sephie her
innocence? MERIDIAN VOL. 1: FLYING SOLO (ISBN 1-931484-03-1), MERIDIAN VOL.
2: GOING TO GROUND (ISBN 1-931484-09-0), MERIDIAN VOL. 3: TAKING THE SKIES
(ISBN 1-931484-21X), and MERIDIAN VOL: 4: COMING HOME (ISBN 1-931484-38-4)
are all currently available in libraries, bookstores, and comic book