Based on a true and deadly case of bullying, “Envy” is set in Port Gamble and follows twin sisters who uncover some terrifying secrets after the supposed suicide of a friend. The paperback edition comes out on Tuesday.
A film adaptation of the novel, which is set in Port Gamble, will start production in fall. It’s been chosen by state librarians to represent Washington at September’s National Book Festival Pavilion of the States.
You can meet Olsen at several opportunities this summer. Here’s a partial list of his tour:
•June 9, 2 p.m. ~ Pt. Gamble Theater. After a book talk and signing Olsen will lead a walking tour pointing out Port Gamble locations used in “Envy”.
•June 9, 7 p.m. ~ Silverdale Barnes & Noble (“Envy” reading and signing)
•June 10, noon-2 p.m. ~ Maple Valley Fred Meyer (signing)
•June 14, 7 p.m.~ Seattle’s University Book Store (“Envy” reading and signing)
•June 30, 12-2 p.m.~ Ft. Lewis PX (signing-open to those with base access)
•July 19, 7 p.m. ~ University Place Public Library (Starvation Heights and “Envy” presentations)
Here’s more from the announcement:
“Envy” stars twin sisters Hayley and Taylor Ryan of Port Gamble— a.k.a. “Empty Coffin” due to an old town legend. Opening with the mysterious death of the twins’ childhood friend, Hayley and Taylor aren’t convinced she committed suicide as the medical examiner has deemed. Determined to find out what really happened, they investigate, stumbling upon a dark truth far more disturbing than they could have imagined and uncovering a spine-chilling secret about their own past. “Envy” takes readers to the edge—then pushes them over.
Olsen, a Kitsap County resident and father of twin girls, populates his Empty Coffin series with a cast of teens that YA readers will find highly realistic. The “Envy” paperback includes bonus material about Olsen and a discussion guide that will spark robust conversation among readers of all ages.
The next book in the series, “Betrayal” (Hardcover, Sept., 2012) tackles an Amanda Knox-like crime that will leave readers pondering questions of friendship, morality, and justice. Like “Envy”, “Betrayal” will feature ripped-from-the-headlines news, crime-solving techniques, and a bit of “twin sense”.