Girl Power Invades Book Expo America; B*tween Productions Previews New Beacon Street Girls Book

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What do a dog named Marty, five close friends, hippotherapy, a famous Red Sox player, and a $10,000 reward all have in common? They are all key components of the latest book in the Beacon Street Girls series of books for tween girls. B*Tween Productions will preview the eighth book in its Beacon Street Girls series for tween girls at the Book Expo America in Washington D.C., May 19-21. The latest book, Lucky Charm, emphasizes the importance of friendship and responsibility.

Since its debut in 2004, reviewers, educators and authors have praised the Beacon Street Girls® book series for its empowering, honest perspective on the middle school years. Now, with more than 300,000 books in print and a new release on shelves, independent publisher B*tween Productions will showcase all eight Beacon Street Girls books at Book Expo America (BEA) on May 19-21 in Washington, D.C. as well as previewing the latest in the series.

The Beacon Street Girls series features five lively seventh-grade friends who express their individuality, work through problems, make smart choices, and develop positive self-images. Lucky Charm, the eighth book in the series, will be available nationwide on June 5. Additional volumes are scheduled for release in September and October of this year.

Addie Swartz created the award-winning series after struggling to find age-appropriate contemporary fiction for her two pre-teen daughters. According to Swartz, too many books aimed at young female readers contain adult messages and themes that can undermine girls' self-esteem.

"Our society pressures girls to go from age 8 to 18 overnight. My goal is to give girls a few years to become comfortable with who they are, before they're thrust into the adult world. The tween and teen book market is flooded with cynical, sensationalistic novels that paint a distorted picture of how young girls live. Why not offer our daughters a better vision?" asks Swartz.

Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out, calls the Beacon Street Girls "an authentic snapshot of middle school life that resists destructive cultural trends ... with flawed characters and true-to-life moments of embarrassment, anger, jealousy, and learning from mistakes ... the Beacon Street Girls is a welcome and important addition to girls' literature."

Lucky Charm emphasizes the importance of friendship and responsibility. When Marty goes missing, the girls immediately organize a search for their beloved dog. At the same time, Beacon Street Girl Katani’s autistic sister Kelly begins hippotherapy, a promising new therapy involving horseback riding. But soon the girls discover the stables are in danger of closing. When a famous Red Sox player reports that he has found Marty and will pay the BSG $10,000 to keep his lucky charm, the Beacon Street Girls are faced with an extremely difficult choice: save the horses or keep Marty.

Visit Booth #5732 on May 19-21 at the Book Expo America at the Washington Convention Authority In Washington, DC, to meet Addie Swartz and learn more about these empowering books for girls.

About B*tween Productions

B*tween Productions – home of the Beacon Street Girls – is an integrated media company dedicated to creating values-based literature, media and products for girls between the ages of 9 and 13. Informed by experts in adolescent development and current research on how to strengthen girls’ self esteem, BSG stories offer fun, friendship and socially responsible values in a contemporary setting. BSG is a world that girls love and parents support.

BSG books and products are available at Barnes & Nobles, Borders, online at and, as well as at independent book and gift stores nationwide. In Canada, Beacon Street Girls books are distributed by Georgetown Distribution Co., and are available at Indigo book stores, and independent book and gift stores across the country.


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