Jason & Kyra by Dana Davidson
Piece about a US teacher's first novel:
In the fall of 2002 [Dana Davidson] signed a contract with Hyperion Books for Children. It published "Jason & Kyra" on its Jump at the Sun imprint -- a label aimed especially at young African-American readers. The imprint, begun in 1998, takes its name from the legendary Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston, whose mother encouraged her children to aim high -- "to jump at de sun." "It's just such an engaging romance, and you have two characters who are very likable," says Alessandra Balzer, executive editor of Hyperion. "It's very believable. It's hard to find a story with so much heart. Besides the romance, you really care about these two characters." Hyperion has expressed its faith in the book with several major promotions, placing prominent ads in the June issues of two popular teen magazines, YM and Teen Vogue, and including advance copies of the book in a gift bag for 600 teens who attended a New York City party given by MTV and YM magazine in March.