SOURCE: YA Author Barry Hoffman

YA Author Barry Hoffman

December 15, 2009 14:49 ET

Young Adult Author, Barry Hoffman, Donates 10,000 Books to Schools Nationwide

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO--(Marketwire - December 15, 2009) - In response to President Obama's "United We Serve" campaign, Young Adult author Barry Hoffman is currently donating the first 10,000 copies of his latest book "Curse of the Shamra" to schools and other educational institutions nationwide in an effort to advance literacy among the underprivileged.

Hoffman is a former school teacher of 30 years in the Philadelphia public school system. His generous contribution totals over $160,000 in classroom resources. More than 9,000 copies of "Curse of the Shamra" have already benefited thousands of young readers in classrooms (75% of them Title I schools), homeless shelters, Native American reservations, libraries, military and emergency groups, and individual homes in low-income areas across the country.

"Curse of the Shamra" is Book One in Hoffman's trilogy "The Shamra Chronicles" and is an epic fantasy written for young women, as the story follows 15-year-old Dara on her rise to leadership of the Shamra's resistance after their utopian society was invaded and its people enslaved.

"Dara is given little voice or respect by her own people, but when life is turned upside down, she steps up and ascends to a leadership role with courage, vision, and hope," says Hoffman. "I think girls need role models like Dara."

Hoffman views his contribution as a way to expand academic resources in a time when many schools nationwide are experiencing devastating cutbacks both in personnel and classroom resources, especially schools in low-income areas. Although his grassroots donation effort has reached many, Hoffman still has a thousand copies available for those interested before his 10,000-copy goal is met.

Barry Hoffman now resides in Colorado Springs, where he is also the owner and publisher of Gauntlet Press, an independent publishing house that specializes in releasing signed, limited editions by legendary authors such as Ray Bradbury ("Fahrenheit 451"), Richard Matheson ("The Shrinking Man," "I Am Legend"), and Stephen King, among other notable authors. In addition to "Curse of the Shamra," Hoffman has authored several award-winning Adult novels. But it is with "Curse of the Shamra" that he employed much of the insights and experiences he garnered during his 30 years as a school teacher.

Barry Hoffman is available for interviews immediately at 719-591-5566 or You may also contact his Publicist Chris La Pelusa at 847-658-9702 or For additional information on "Curse of the Shamra" and Barry Hoffman's donation efforts please visit

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