Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announced that it will release a new title from Twilight
author Stephenie Meyer in June. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
is a 192-page novella told from the point of view of Bree, a character originally featured in Eclipse
. The novella will be released at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2010 in hardcover for $13.99 with a first printing of 1.5 million copies. The novella can be pre-ordered here
from Amazon.com. One dollar for each book sold in the U.S. from the first printing will be donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund.
"I'm as surprised as anyone about this novella," said Stephenie Meyer. "When I began working on it in 2005, it was simply an exercise to help me examine the other side of Eclipse, which I was editing at the time. I thought it might end up as a short story that I could include on my website. Then, when work started on The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide
, I thought the Guide would be a good fit for my Bree story. However, the story grew longer than I anticipated, until it was too long to fit into the Guide."
As a special thank you to fans, Meyer will provide free access to the novel on a new site, breetanner.com
, for a limited time. The website will provide an online version of the novella in English from June 7 to July 5, 2010.
"I'd always considered The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
as something for the fans," said Meyer. "They have been so supportive of all things Twilight."