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TOM DELONGE RELEASES NEW YA NOVEL SERIES FOR MULTI-MEDIA FRANCHISE STRANGE TIMES

  • Tess Passero
The first in a planned trilogy, Strange Times: The Ghost in the Girl is based on DeLonge’s childhood exploits and fascination with the paranormal.

San Diego, CA (Oct 4, 2016)- Multi-platinum-selling artist TOM DELONGE (Blink 182, Angels & Airwaves) has released STRANGE TIMES: THE GHOST IN THE GIRL, the first in a planned trilogy of humorous Young Adult science-fiction novels co-authored by award-winning author Geoff Herbach of the Felton Reinstein Trilogy.   

 STRANGE TIMES: THE GHOST IN THE GIRL (To The Stars/Simon & Schuster), tells the hilarious and haunting origin story of the crew of outcast misfits that first appeared in DeLonge’s graphic novel Strange Times: The Curse of Superstition Mountain.  The narrative follows Charlie, the once popular jock whose father is a US Air Force pilot that has gone missing on active duty without explanation, as he’s forced into an Earth Science group project with four other rejects that include two slacker skateboarders, an uptight science nerd and an awkward husky kid with obvious social issues.  The boys hate each other, but when a hot ghost girl starts reeking havoc by taking over Riley’s body, they must work together to solve the horrific mystery shrouding their hometown in order to stay alive.

 "This is a story reflecting some of the peripheral moments in my life.  Of a suburban kid who grew up breaking rules, getting kicked out of high school, and obsessively looking for the more unusual and imaginative experiences that this world has to offer,” says DeLonge.

 STRANGE TIMES was first conceived in 2009 as an alternative, fringe news website curated by DeLonge and bandmate Matt Wachter for fans interested in learning about esoteric topics.  The brand’s storytelling evolved to include coming-of-age adventure series based on DeLonge’s own humorous accounts from adolescence and obsession with the paranormal.  An animation and other media are also in development.

 This is Tom DeLonge’s third novel published by his independent publishing company To The Stars… since its inception in 2015.  His previous young adult novel co-written with NYTimes bestselling author Suzanne Young, Poet Anderson …Of Nightmares, received the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award in Teen Fiction.

About the authors:

Tom DeLonge: Praised as "Alt-Rock's JK Rowling," Tom DeLonge is an award-winning author, producer and platinum recording artist from San Diego, CA.  He is best known as the lead-vocalist and guitarist for musical acts blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves.  After selling 25 million records and building multiple successful lifestyle and technology companies over the course of 15 years, DeLonge uses his passion for art and storytelling to create multi-media franchises under his production company To The Stars… that span music, books and film.

Geoff Herbach: Geoff Herbach’s novels have been listed in the year’s best by the American Library Association, The American Booksellers Association, and many state library associations. Prior to writing YA, he worked on several comedy shows and toured around the country telling weird stories in bars. 

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