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Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom's Small Prayer in a Big Way  
Mar. 3, 2014
Author:  Laura Sobiech
Category:  Non-fiction: Memoir
Description:  Laura Sobiech is the mother of Zach Sobiech, the young teen who inspired millions through his music before he passed away in May. After their son was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at the age of 14, the Sobiechs did what most people would do. They tried to live a normal family life and hoped that, with treatment, Zach would get better. But in May 2012, reality hit hard when the doctors gave him 12 months to live.

As they faced the grim fact that Zach was going to die, his Mother Laura suggested he write goodbye letters to family and friends. She wanted them all to know how he felt about them and imagined the letters would be a comfort after his death. What happened next, no one could have predicted. Instead of letters, Zach wrote CLOUDS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDC97j6lfyc), a song that changed people's lives and made him an international sensation. He and his best friend and writing partner, Sammy Brown, followed that up with a full length EP including FIX ME UP (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvSYZHmhIAM) , their personal goodbye song to each other.

The response was breathtaking. CLOUDS, which now has over 8 million views on YouTube, caught the attention of the media and the story was suddenly in PEOPLE and on CNN and Zach and Sammy were signed to a music contract by BMI. On his 18th birthday, Soul Pancake released a 22 minute documentary about Zach that today has over 10 million views http://youtu.be/9NjKgV65fpo. On the day of Zach's funeral, CLOUDS was the #1 downloaded song on iTunes and the EP rose to #2 and CLOUDS and the EP hit the Billboard charts that week as well and won a Regional Emmy award in September 2013.

Through his music, Zach shared heartfelt messages about the importance of family, friends, love, faith along with his clarion call that you don't have to know you're dying to start living! With grace and wisdom beyond his years, he packed as much living as he could into his final 12 months. This heartfelt memoir, by the Mother who raised and loved this extraordinary young man, will share with readers the story behind the music and the boy behind the phenomenon.

Rights available:  World except North American English and Japanese
Rights already sold:  North American English, Japanese
Other information:  World exclusive of Asia: Jenny Meyer, jenny@meyerlit.com
Japan: Owl's Agency, miki@owlsagency.com
Korea: Duran Kim Agency, duran@durankim.com
People's Republic of China: Andrew Nurnberg Associates, Jackie Huang, jhuang@nurnberg.com.cn
Taipei: Andrew Nurnberg Associates Whitney Hsu, whsu@nurnberg.com.tw
Indonesia: Santo Manurung, santo@cbn.net.id
Contact:  Jacqueline Flynn
Joelle Delbourgo Associates, Inc.
jacqueline@delbourgo.com
101 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
Item number:  9333
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