San Diego Tour Wraps with Release Party for The Green Room, Second Book in the Turtle Town series, Based on Local Teen Surfing Sensation, Jake Marshall

Houston, TX, Sept. 23, 2013 — Children’s Book AuthorMelissa Williams is making a weeklong tour throughout the San Diego area to share the importance of literacy and creativity local elementary and middle schools. There, Williams is also sharing the scoop on her latest installment in the popular Turtle Town series, The Green Room. Accompanying her will be surprise guest Jake Marshall, a 14-year-old professional surfer known internationally for his competitive talent. Marshall, an avid proponent of childhood literacy and scholarship, is the inspiration for the series’ lead character, Snap Shell the surfing turtle.

The Green Room, the second book in the adventurous series recommended for ages 8–13, spotlights Hawaiian culture, conflict resolution, friendship, nature, empathy and more. In an era where modern students are often facing a battle against bullies, each topic touched upon is an effort to combat behaviors that can compromise, and inhibit, the learning environment, while simultaneously lowering children’s self-esteem and perpetuating depression.

Williams, whose background is in psychology, is known for her passion in sparking creativity and encouraging literacy among children. She takes this passion to heart, conducting heavy on-site research for each novel, making sure every story: connects with its setting, has a deep message adolescent readers can recognize, learn from and apply to life, promotes friendship and discourages “judging books by their covers.”

Marshall is actively involved in the National Scholastic Surfing Association, home of more than 80 surfing competitions for youth surfers. It was at one of those competitions that the Turtle Town journey began.

After interviewing the talented surfer following a competition, Williams was instantly inspired to begin penning the Turtle Town story, even including one of Marshall’s environmentally-focused speeches, “Save Trestles,” in the first installment of the Turtle Town series.

“I’m so excited to share how important reading and embracing creativity are for young people,” Marshall says. “Beyond that, it’s amazing to know that I inspired a story that is in turn inspiring so many others. Amazing,” Marshall describes further.

“I encourage kids to use their own lives as inspiration for writing their own creative stories. It’s my hope that meeting “Snap Shell” in person and explaining the Turtle Town story will inspire them to channel their own creativity even more,” Williams explains.

The tour will conclude with a cost-free luau and book signing celebration on Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where Williams and Marshall will autograph copies of the novel, engage in fun, hands-on activities and lead joint reading of multiple chapters.

The admission-free, Hawaiian-themed will be hosted at the Barnes and Noble located at:
5500 Grossmont Center Dr. La Mesa, CA 91942 .

“I’m excited to share what’s next for Snap Shell and the rest of the surfing crew as they take on Hawaii. Their latest adventure is one that everyone can connect with and relate to. It’s awesome to bring Snap to life in such a fun way,” Williams says.

School Tour Schedule:

Tuesday, Oct. 811:00am–12:25pm.: Ada Harris Elementary

1508 Windsor Road, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007

Tuesday, Oct. 82:45–3:30 p.m.: Benito Juarez Elementary

2633 Melbourne Dr. San Diego, CA 92123

Wednesday, Oct. 99:15–11:30 a.m.: St. James Academy

623 S Nardo Ave Solana Beach, CA 92075

Thursday, Oct. 1012:00-2:00 p.m.: Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary

8000 Calle Acervo Carlsbad, CA 92009

Friday, Oct. 119 a.m.–11:15 a.m.: Vista Grande Elementary

5606 Antigua Blvd  San Diego, CA 92124

Release Party (Oct. 12) Schedule of Events:

Location: Barnes and Noble, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr. La Mesa, CA 91942

11 a.m. Start Time & Autographing and Q&A with Williams, Marshall and Snap Shell

11:45 a.m. Chapter Reading of The Green Room & Drawing for Turtle Town Prize

Noon Autographing and Pictures with Snap

ALL DAY Turtle Town Activity Sheets and Game

12:30 p.m. The Mystery Contest!

1 p.m. Second Chapter Reading & Drawing for Prizes

1:30 p.m. Autographing and Q&A with Williams, Marshall and Snap Shell

Beyond Turtle Town, Williams also takes to her non-profit organization, Read3Zero, a foundation that promotes literacy, creativity and learning, hosts year-round school visits and conducts summer reading and art workshops.

To dive deeper into the Turtle Town adventure series, visit

To learn more about the Literacy Foundation, READ3Zero and the Open Doors Project please visit

For more information about Melissa Williams, visit her website,

To arrange an interview with Melissa Williams or Jake Marshall, please contact Cynthia Murga at or 713-935-5766.

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