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Kristen Simmons to sign and present ARTICLE 5 at Sundance Books and Music



What: Kristen Simmons signs and presents her young adult debut ARTICLE 5 (A Tor Teen, January 2012). Set in a chilling not-so-far-future America, where the moral right has taken over, ARTICLE 5 tells the tale of a young woman, more Katniss than Bella, whose life is turned upside down.

Where: Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., Reno.

When: Friday, May 11, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

About ARTICLE 5:
New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned. The Bill of Rights has been revoked and replaced with the Moral Statutes. There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.

About the author:
Kristen Simmons grew up in the Reno/Sparks area and graduated from McQueen High School. She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Nevada-Reno and is an advocate for mental health. She lives with her husband, Jason, and their precious greyhound Rudy in Tampa, Florida. ARTICLE 5 is her first novel.

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