Thursday, May 16, 2013

"Shake it Up!" Star Zendaya Inks Book Deal with Disney Publishing Worldwide



Zendaya Signs First-Ever Book Deal With Disney Publishing Worldwide

Between U And Me to Hit Bookstores August 2013

Book Will Give Advice from Singer and Star of Disney Channel's Hit Show Shake it Up! and ABC's Dancing with the Stars

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Disney Publishing Worldwide will publish an advice book for tween girls written by Zendaya, star of the hit Disney Channel show Shake It Up!, contestant on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, and Hollywood Records recording artist. In Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years with Style and Confidence, Zendaya will share frank and fun advice for navigating the tween years with all the tools needed to be happy and healthy.

Between U and Me will be published on August 6, 2013 under the Disney-Hyperion Books imprint and will include personal photos, candid anecdotes, recipes, playlists, doodles, and advice from Zendaya's team of experts (Shake it Up! co-stars and stylists, and her mom and dad). The book was co-written with Sheryl Berk, who has collaborated with dozens of celebrities on their memoirs.

"The tween years can be really fun and exciting, but they can also be a tough time in a girl's life," says Zendaya. "You're just finding your voice and personal style. There's a lot of drama in relationships with other girls, parents, siblings, teachers, and boys. I hope this book will help girls through the tougher parts of the tween years and help them appreciate the fun parts."

"Zendaya is an incredibly talented rising star," says Wendy Lefkon, Editorial Director, Disney Publishing Worldwide. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share her story and advice with her fans in this special way."

Zendaya is exclusively managed by Monster Talent Management. New episodes of Shake It Up air Sundays at 8:30 p.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel.

About Zendaya:
Zendaya, which is derived from "to give thanks" in Shona (a Bantu language native to the Shona people of Zimbabwe), stars as Raquel "Rocky" Blue, one half of the comedic duo of young dancers trying to dance her way to stardom, in the Disney Channel series Shake it Up!, currently #1 amongst kids ages 9-14. She is also the breakout star of the current season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" and is recording her debut album with Hollywood Records. Zendaya is a former fashion model for Macy's, Mervyns and Old Navy and was one of the back-up dancers in a Sears commercial featuring Disney Channel star Selena Gomez. She spent three years dancing with Future Shock Oakland, a hip hop dance troupe, and two years dancing hula with AHA, The Academy of Hawaiian Arts. She now resides in Los Angeles, California with her family and dog, a Giant Schnauzer named Midnight. Her interests include singing, dancing and clothing design. Find her online at www.zendaya.com and on Twitter at @Zendaya.

About Disney Publishing Worldwide
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world's largest publisher of children's books and magazines with over 700 million products sold each year. DPW consists of an extensive worldwide licensing structure as well as vertically integrated publishing imprints, including Disney Book Group in the U.S. and Disney Libri in Italy. DPW publishes a range of children's magazines globally, as well as Disney kids magazines in the U.S. Disney English is DPW's English language learning business, which includes Disney English learning centers in China and a worldwide retail-licensing program. DPW's digital products include bestselling eBook titles as well as original apps. Headquartered in Glendale, California, DPW publishes books, magazines, and digital products in 85 countries in 75 languages. For more information visit www.disneypublishing.com.

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