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Press Release

For Immediate Release: February 4, 2003
Further Information: 516-706-2967

Long Island Author Published at Age 11

Jourdan Urbach, age 11, of Roslyn, L.I., violin prodigy and new author, has just had his first novel published by Goose River Press. The novel, entitled Leaving Jeremiah, has been out only one week and has already sold hundreds of copies. It will hit book stores, Amazon.Com & Baker & Taylor in February. Leaving Jeremiah, recommended for grades 6-9, has received rave testimonials from students and professionals in the publishing and writing fields as well.

Victoria Nesnick, Founder of The Kids Hall of Fame said in her testimonial on the back cover http://www.LeavingJeremiah.com of Jourdan's novel: "This fast paced debut novel provides a magical, daring under-the-sea adventure packed with suspense and symbolism. Capturing feelings of isolation typically experienced by the young and gifted, it brilliantly portrays challenges faced by 12 year old protagonist, Daniel, on his quest for adventure, independence and friendship. This five-star, two thumbs up book, fuels the mind and heart, and will propel Jourdan Urbach, an astonishing young author, into the literary arena. Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling move over."

Susan Owens, Young Adult Coordinator, Bryant Library wrote: "…It is in an unknown world that the protagonist discovers himself, his courage and trust he never knew he possessed, as he leaves behind his life of isolation to embrace an extraordinary friendship and dangerous challenges. This exciting new author takes us on an emotional ride that every pre-teen/teen goes through. It's a 'must-read.'"

Leaving Jeremiah is about a young boy named Daniel, who has lived his whole life within the walls of an orphanage called Jeremiah on Jupiter Island. He is a profoundly gifted, strong-willed and isolated 12 year old, with a powerful urge to explore. He has a plan to escape Jeremiah and experience the great adventure he has always dreamed of. But his journey hurls him into the clutches of a whirling black vortex, 10 miles below the ocean's surface, and a world yet unknown to human kind…the world of Prehistoria. Through a process of self-discovery and a very unusual friendship, Daniel experiences an important rite of passage, and leaves that world with a secret he will have to keep for the rest of his life.

Jourdan appeared at several Meet the Author Engagements throughout the Northeast, the most recent being at Barnes & Noble and Borders in Manhattan.

Jourdan is a concert violinist, a student at the Juilliard Pre-College Division (studying under Lewis Kaplan), and a private student of world renowned violin pedagogue Patinka Kopec. Jourdan has performed as a solo artist at Carnegie Recital Hall, The Tilles Center, Merkin Hall, Lefrak Hall and Steinway Hall; has made his Lincoln Center Debut in October, 2003, (from which his first CD was produced), and will be making his Carnegie Hall (Stern Hall – main stage) Debut on January 19, 2005. Jourdan has won numerous competitions. His solo performance schedule with orchestra for 2003/2004 includes: The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, The Massapequa Philharmonic, and The New Haven Symphony. Jourdan has appeared on national TV on: Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, The Caroline Rhea Show, CNN – Lou Dobbs Tonight, and Inside Edition with Deborah Norville. He has been featured in full pages articles in The New York Times, The Daily News and Newsday. Jourdan is also the founder of Children Helping Children, www.ChildrenHelpingChildren.net a musical charity organization composed of prodigious young musicians who perform fundraising gala concerts for New York area hospitals' pediatric departments. Jourdan has been nominated to the Kids Hall of Fame and can be heard on the national classical radio show, From The Top, in May. He will also be featured in an article in People Magazine’s Spring Anniversary Edition.

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