Hundreds of people showed up at the Pleasant Grove Library on Thursday to hear about local author Peggy Eddleman's new book, Sky Jumpers. The book, Eddleman's first published piece, was released on Sept. 24.
"It was incredible," said Eddleman about the crowd who came to hear about Sky Jumpers. Over 100 people in attendance purchased copies of the book and were able to have them signed by the author.
Almost two years of writing and editing has produced a post-apocalyptic juvenile fiction book with plenty of action and adventure. The story centers around 12-year-old Hope, who lives in a town of inventors which is invaded by bandits.
Hope, who is not good at inventing, and her friends may be the only ones who can help. They have to make a dangerous trek through the Bomb's Breath, deadly compressed air that covers a crater left by bombs.
Eddleman decided about five years ago that she wanted to be a writer and wanted to read her own stories to her three children. "I took every class I could find, read every book, attended conferences, did everything I could," said Eddleman. She wrote five manuscripts, but this is the first one that she attempted to get published.
Her agent sent the manuscript to 14 publishing houses and Random House bought it a week later. "I felt total excitement," said Eddleman. "I felt that this is what was supposed to happen," she said.
In addition to the book launch, Eddleman was busy visiting Pleasant Grove elementary schools this week to talk about her book. She also keeps busy writing for approximately 60 hours per week. She is four days away from being finished with book two in the Sky Jumpers series. "It will come out next year," she said.
Eddleman is a faithful patron of the Pleasant Grove Library, said Yara Wilson, who helped organize the book launch. "She comes in and writes at the library. She loves the library."
Wilson was amazed at how many people came to hear about the new book. "The 500 cookies we had were not enough," she said. The children, especially, were very interested, said Wilson. "There were kids galore. They were so taken with her."
In addition to watching a trailer of Sky Jumpers, listening to Eddleman speak and answer questions, the children got to participate in activities that reflected the book, including making their own inventions out of toothpicks and marshmallows.
The Book Launch was held in conjunction with Great Reads for Girls and Book Bash for Boys, monthly book clubs for kids held at the library.
Eddleman grew up in Lindon and attended Pleasant Grove Junior High and Pleasant Grove High School. She, her husband, Lance Eddleman, and their three children live in Pleasant Grove. For more information about Eddleman and Sky Jumpers, go to www.PeggyEddleman.com.