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Former DREAMer Inks YA Novel Deal - Book to be Published Spring, 2014

Former DREAMer Inks YA Novel Deal - Book to be Published Spring, 2014

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Maria E. Andreu, writer, immigration rights activist and once DREAMer, has signed a contract with Running Press, a Perseus imprint, to publish her first novel.
Maria E. Andreu, writer, immigration rights activist and once DREAMer, has signed a contract with Running Press, a Perseus imprint, to publish her first novel.

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Andreu, writer, immigration rights activist and once DREAMer, has signe d a contract with Running Press, a Perseus imprint, to publish her first novel. Leonia, NJ, United States., May 21, 2013 -- Maria E. Andreu (www.mariaeandreu.c om), writer, immigration rights activist and once DREAMer, has signed a contract with Running Press, a Perseus imprint, to publish her first novel, The Secret S ide of Empty, in the spring of 2014. Writers House negotiated the contract. Largely autobiographical, The Secret Side of Empty is a young adult novel that t ells the story of “M.T.,” an undocumented teenager living in fear of exposure and de portation. The plot loosely follows the life experiences of the author, who earn ed her citizenship through the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. “I wanted to give a voice to the millions of DREAMers living in the United States,” said Ms. Andreu. “This story aims to humanize Dreamers – essentially acculturated Am erican citizens who live in fear because of a legal glitch that hasn’t yet been fi xed.” The term “DREAMer” refers to individuals who meet the general requirements of the De velopment, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. According to the I mmigration Policy Center, DREAMers must have entered the United States before th e age of 16; have lived continuously in the United States for at least five year s; must not have committed a felony or “significant” misdemeanor; and must be in sch ool, graduated from high school, earned a GED or served in the military. There is an estimated 1.4 million DREAMers in the U.S. Maria E. Andreu is a writer living in Leonia, New Jersey. In addition to her no vel, she has written essays and op-eds in a number of publications, including Ne wsweek, The Washington Post and The Star Ledger.Maria’s blog, 51 First Dates After Divorce, was just named one of the year s "10 Best Dating After Divorce Blogs” by DatingAdvice.com. Maria is currently working on her second novel. Visit www.mariaeandreu.com for more information on Maria. Contact: Pablo Mari a E. Andreu Leonia, NJ 2013286296 media@mariaeandreu.com http://mariaeandreu.com

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