Sunday, May 04, 2008

Hyperion Announces Plans to Publish KASEY TO THE RESCUE

Hyperion President, Ellen Archer, and Executive Editor, Brenda Copeland, have pre-empted North American rights to KASEY TO THE RESCUE: How a Capuchin Monkey Saved a Family in Despair by Ellen Rogers.

A single mother of five in her mid-fifties, Ellen Rogers has endured her fair share of tragedy having lost both her first husband and stepdaughter to cancer. But, nothing could have prepared Rogers for the June 2005 car accident that left her son, Ned Sullivan -- now 25 years old -- a quadriplegic with brain injury. When she heard about Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled, a non-profit group in Boston, MA, she immediately contacted them about receiving a monkey to help Ned cope with his disabilities. Enter Kasey -- the adorable, mischievous, fun-loving capuchin monkey who helped Ned see the world in a new way. This is a story about revival of the spirit and the courage to go on in the face of even the bleakest circumstances; about the near-miraculous healing effects of an animal's love; and a fascinating look into the highly developed minds of these affectionate, playful, very human-like creatures.

Hyperion President Ellen Archer announced the deal saying: "This remarkable story of a mother's love for her son and the irresistible monkey who transforms their lives will leave readers laughing through their tears. It is one of those rare books that celebrates what it means to be a family in both the best and the worst of times."

Archer and Copeland negotiated the deal with Susan Golomb of The Susan Golomb Literary Agency. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Helping Hands: Monkeys for the Disabled,