Stephenie Meyer’s BREE TANNER Raises $1.5 Million For Red Cross

Stephenie Meyer and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers have harnessed the popularity of the bloodsucking vampires in Meyer’s Twilight universe to raise money for the Red Cross. They pledged one dollar to the American Red Cross for each copy of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella sold in the US. Yesterday, they presented the Red Cross with a check for $1.5 million.

“I’m so grateful that Little, Brown, the American Red Cross, and my fans made this generous gift possible,” said Stephenie Meyer. “It’s amazing to have the opportunity to help those so greatly in need.”

“We’ve had the incredible great fortune to have one of the biggest publishing phenomenons in recent years along with The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner becoming one of the top selling titles of 2010,” said Hachette Book Group CEO David Young. “Giving back is extremely important to the company, so it is particularly gratifying to be able to share our success with an organization as worthy as The American Red Cross.”

The donation will go to the Red Cross’ International Response Fund, which is instrumental in their ability to respond to humanitarian missions, like the relief effort after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Visit www.redcross.org for more information.

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