You’ve Never Had a Birthday Like This Before

New York, NY, December 10, 2007 --( Young readers are in for some serious edge-of-the-seat excitement in The Thompson Twins Cruise Adventure, the first in a planned trilogy from Outskirts Press novelist Terry Sclafani.

Blending high-stakes adventure with a down-to-earth portrait of two siblings with enormous hearts, The Thompson Twins introduces us to Sammy and Nicky, 12-year-old twins who don’t flinch from doing the right thing when placed in extraordinary situations.

Despite a tragic accident that robs Sammy of her eyesight, she’s determined to conquer life’s challenges with a little help from her family and adorable seeing-eye dog, Gus. But everyone is about to get the challenge of a lifetime after the family embarks on a cruise through the Panama Canal in honor of the twins’ birthday. Unbeknownst to them, the ship’s been targeted by terrorists connected with the Colombian drug cartel. The plan? Stage a high-seas kidnapping of star CNN sports anchor, Olympic medalist and fellow cruise ship passenger Anthony Curcio, and hold him for ransom. And maybe blow up a federal building or two stateside as well.

Can Sammy and Nicky save the affable Anthony without getting caught up in the terrorists’ dastardly plan—not to mention raging rivers and snakes? Can they blow the whistle on the planned terrorist attack in time?

Readers are sure to connect with the twins’ real-life struggles as The Thompson Twins Cruise Adventure brings us along for a ripped-from-the-headlines wild ride.

“This book is about real children in life situations that we all hear about every day—such as drug dealers and terrorists,” Sclafani says. “Because of this our children can imagine themselves in all the harrowing situations these children in my book encounter.”

About the Author: An ocean adventure was nothing out of the ordinary for Terry Sclafani, a licensed captain and member of two yacht clubs—one in Florida and another in New York. The two cities are also where Sclafani divides her time as a cosmetologist to several hundred loyal clients. She lives in Northport, NY, with her family.

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Availability: The Thompson Twins Cruise Adventure is available through Ingram, Baker & Taylor,, and

ISBN: 978-1-4327-1542-7 Format: 5x8 paperback SRP: US$10.95/CAN$10.95 Genre: Adventure & Adventurers


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