Children’s Author Melissa Williams Hosts Interactive Book Reading and Hawaiian-themed Activities at Book Release Luau Oct. 5

The Green Room, Second in the Turtle Town series, Debuts with a “Snap”

Houston, TX, Sept. 9, 2013 — Houston Children’s Book Author Melissa Williams is hosting a Hawaiian-themed Luau to celebrate the latest surfing and learning adventure of Snap Shell the Turtle, main character of the Turtle Town series. 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 honor of its exciting debut, Williams and Snap Shell will host the cost-free luau party on Oct. 5 from noon to 3 p.m., where they’ll autograph copies of the novel, engage in fun, hands-on activities and lead joint reading of multiple chapters. There, live turtles and sea creatures will be at play, too.

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.”

“I’m so 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.

Schedule of Events:

12:00 Start Time & Autographing and Q & A with Author

12:45 Chapter Reading of The Green Room & Drawing for Turtle Town Prize

1:00 Autographing and Pictures with Snap

ALL DAY: Turtle Town Activity Sheets and Game

1:30 The Mystery Contest!

2:00 Second Chapter Reading & Drawing for Prizes

2:30 Autographing and Q & A with Author

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.

The Hawaiian-themed event is on Oct. 5, from noon to 3 p.m., and will be hosted at The Fish Gallery, located at 2909 Fountain View Drive, Houston, TX 77057. Admission is free and open to the public.

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, please contact Cynthia Murga at or 713-935-5766.

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