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Fayetteville, North Carolina - February, 5, 2007/ Kevin Cropp, award-winning author of "The Time Keeper" will speak to all Academically and Intelligently Gifted students in ten high schools across Cumberland County the week of February 12, 2007. He will discuss his book, the process of writing, and how it relates to the pressures of high school.

Set in Fayetteville, "The Time Keeper" is reminiscent of Cropp's years at Terry Sanford High School where he struggled with family and relationship conflicts, reconciliation, forgiveness, and loss. All topics relative to teenagers today. What better way to celebrate Fayetteville's dedication to education than to honor one of it's own sons?

"The Cumberland County AIG Program is extremely fortunate to have author Kevin Cropp present to its Academically/Intellectually Gifted students," says Christopher Turner, AIG Secondary Specialist for Cumberland County Schools. "It is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience first-hand Kevin's literary style which draws you in to a world of all too familiar conflict. A conflict that affects our most personal relationships and shapes us into who we are to become. Not only will Kevin share his story but he will also offer students invaluable insights into the writing process. We are truly excited about his visit."

Hadley Goodman, President of Copper Press Publishers, says, "We are honored to provide a program where our author can go into the school systems to enrich and encourage future writers." Cropp has visited several schools across the state to talk about his book, the writing process and the relevance of his story to the pressures teenagers face today.

Cropp, a Favetteville native, has received recognition as a finalist for two awards for his debut novel; The Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice of 2006, and the USABooknews Award for Best Fiction of 2006.

All kids need a role model. Please contact me if you are interested in receiving more information, setting up an interview with Kevin, or covering the event. For a photo of Kevin, visit .

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Media Contact:
Hadley Goodman
phone - 910.619.0605
fax - 910.256.7999

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