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Creepy Timing for Radioactive Mouse Hunt and Release of New Kid's Book, The Dead Boys

Workers at a decommissioned nuclear site are hunting for a radioactive mouse but new book, The Dead Boys, by Royce Buckingham suggests they might want to pay attention to the trees.

Seattle, WA, November 26, 2010 --( While workers at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington State look for a second radioactive animal on the loose (a mouse), they might want to take note of the story of an irradiated tree said to be rooted in Richland, WA, located just south of the site.

The Tri-City Herald in Richland, WA reported earlier this month that State Department of Health Workers captured and killed a radioactive rabbit after discovering contaminated droppings near a building being demolished as part of clean up on the site. In a bizarre quirk of timing, a new children’s book, The Dead Boys by Author Royce Buckingham, has been released that tells the creepy story of a tree mutated by Hanford’s irradiated water that begins to feed on young boys.

“Before long, the boy was dying. But the tree caught him in the place between life and death. It found that it could absorb the boy’s vitality as it slowly leaked from his body. It sheltered him and would not let his spark wink out completely, for the boy’s life force proved to be as potent as the sun, the earth, and the waterborne radiation. In fact, it was the most powerful energy source of all. Years later, however, when the boy’s energy was almost fully sapped, the tree began to grow hungry again…”

The Dead Boys tracks the story of young Teddy Mathews, who moves to Richland, near the nuclear plant. As a new kid in town, his main concern is making friends. But something is not right about the desert town. All the boys he meets disappear in creepy ways, and a bizarre Sycamore tree outside his house seems to be trying to get him in its clutches. Teddy’s life quickly becomes a waking nightmare, and no one else believes him. Teddy must dodge the tree’s terrifying grasp and solve the mystery of the missing boys before he becomes the next victim of the mutant tree.

The Dead Boys author, Royce Buckingham, grew up in Richland, near the Hanford site, so his tale of escaped radioactive waste is no accident. Characteristic to his first two books, Buckingham spins a tale that tests his reader’s imagination and is rooted both in an alternative world and reality.

“I used to catch lizards and scorpions in the desert, and I’m sure some of them migrated from the site,” said Buckingham. “I don’t remember any of them glowing, but many of the lizards did have an extra tail. I can relate, because I too have many tales.”

The Dead Boys is Buckingham’s third book for readers ages 9–12 with G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Reader’s Group. His first two books are Demonkeeper (May, 2007), which is a bestseller overseas, and Goblins! An UnderEarth Adventure (September, 2008). All three books are based in Buckingham’s home state and capture the reader’s imagination with fast-paced action and unforgettable creatures.

Since its release, The Dead Boys has received praise from countless reviewers, many of them featured on Buckingham’s website,

About The Author
Buckingham is an author and screenwriter who also works as a prosecuting attorney. He is currently writing his third book in the Demonkeeper series for Germany (Random House, Penhaligon) after becoming a bestseller in that country. Buckingham is represented by the Atchity Entertainment International management and production company in Los Angeles and currently lives with his family in Bellingham, Washington.

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