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May 13, 2008 09:04 ET

13-Year-Old Twins Write Award-Winning Novel in the Face of Adversity

Missile Rider Publishing Announces the Release of the Award-Winning Novel, "The Strand Prophecy," Written by Brittany and Brianna Winner, 13; The Novel Can Be Found in Barnes and Nobles Stores, Nationwide, Starting May 1st, 2008

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - May 13, 2008) - Missile Rider Publishing announces the nationwide release of the award-winning novel, "The Strand Prophecy," written by twins, Brittany and Brianna Winner, 13, and their father Jeff Winner. Appropriately dubbing themselves JBB Winner (Jeff, Brittany and Brianna), the twins collaborated with their father to pen this exciting science-fiction adventure even though, at first glance, the task seemed impossible.

Brittany and Brianna were born premature and, at three pounds, were not breathing and were forced to remain in intensive care. As they grew they continued to struggle with illness and bouts of pneumonia. Brittany was diagnosed with diagraphia and both girls were diagnosed with dyslexia. Though the girls' illnesses are often incapacitating for writers, their amazing gift for storytelling inspired them to move forward.

"They had developed hundreds of characters by the age of three," Jeff Winner, father of the identical twins, explained. "Their vocabulary was way above that of most children their age. Brittany tested college level at age six."

Today the girls are passionately pursuing storytelling creating a five-book series and releasing the first book this month. Book two is in edit and scheduled to release at the end of 2008.

"This started off as a family project," explained Brianna, "but half way through it our dad said that we should consider publishing it. When it was done we won several prestigious awards... we still can't believe it!"

The list of awards includes the Benjamin Franklin Best Young Adult Fiction, Best First Book Fiction and Best First Book Young Adult Fiction along with the Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal and countless online awards such as Linx and TopSpot.

"Our dad made us focus on our strengths, not our weaknesses," Brittany commented, "and it changed our lives forever."

"The Strand Prophecy" is on the accelerated readers list in 65,000 schools. The girls are touring schools with their assembly, "If You Can Dream It, You Can Write It." They also wrote an album to accompany the book which launched on iTunes and in May.

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