The audiobook will be available as an unabridged digital download. Thirteen-year old Kara Haywardstarred as “Suzy,” the daughter of Bill Murray & Frances McDormand, in Wes Anderson’s recent blockbuster MOONRISE KINGDOM. She was cast in this part following her very first audition and her performance continues to receive critical acclaim and increasing Oscar buzz.”I couldn’t be happier to narrate THE BLESSED,” says Hayward. “I’m really enjoying all the new experiences I’m having as a young actress and recording this audiobook has been a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to the next audiobook in the series. I love this story and the world that Tonya has created.”
Hurley, the internationally renowned author of the ghostgirl series, has worked in nearly every aspect of teen entertainment: creating, writing, and producing two hit TV series including SO LITTLE TIME (ABC Family); writing and directing several acclaimed independent films; and developing a groundbreaking collection of video games for PlayStation 2 and GameBoy among others.
“I was absolutely thrilled when I learned Kara was going to be narrating THE BLESSED audiobook,” remarks Hurley. “I can’t think of a better young actress to take this story on. Kara is incredibly talented and I know fans are going to love her performance.”
THE BLESSED audiobook will feature original music composed and performed by legendary Depeche Mode, Yaz and Erasure co-founder Vince Clarke. The pioneering synthpop artist, songwriter, producer, and programmer has previously collaborated with Hurley on music for her bestselling ghostgirl audio series and on the current book trailer for THE BLESSED. In THE BLESSED, the first installment in Hurley’s latest trilogy, Hayward gives voice to Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy, three lost girls battling their own personal demons. Agnes’ recent break-up has landed her in the hospital with cuts on her wrists while Cecilia’s love of music has fueled trading her self-respect for warm bed or paying gig. Lucy’s “It Girl” status
has her bold-faced name appearing regularly in the tabloids, but her superficial lifestyle only makes her feel more empty and alone. Their paths cross one night when they end up in the same hospital and each wake up with a token from Sebastian, a mysterious boy they’ve only just met. As they become wrapped up in finding out just who Sebastian is, they each discover their own strengths, and realize the only way to save themselves is to save each other.
THE BLESSED will also be available in print and as an ebook from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
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