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'Divergent' producer's first YA book 'Scan' available May 1, 2014

Pouya Shahbazian wrote 'Scan' under the pen name Walter Jury.
Pouya Shahbazian wrote 'Scan' under the pen name Walter Jury.
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Divergent producer Pouya Shahbazian's pen name is Walter Jury. He and Sarah E. Fine wrote the young adult thriller, Scan, which is recommended for ages 12 and up. This action-packed book is about a 16-year-old boy named Tate, his father's secret invention, and aliens on Earth who look like humans.

Thirty-six-year-old Pouya was born in London. When he was less than one-month-old, he moved with his mother and father to the United States. After attending law school, Pouya decided to move to Los Angeles and pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Pouya is creative, and has experience working through story development and problem solving. He was named to The Hollywood Reporter's Next Gen 2013 list. In the future, Pouya plans to continue working as a manager of film rights and be a producer on big budget studio movies.

Pouya and his wife have two sons. He enjoys traveling and watching professional sports. He also binge watches TV shows and studies his favorite films. Scan is Pouya's first book for teens. His agent and Sarah's agent put them together to write this science fiction series.

Sarah is a best-selling author. Pouya described Sarah as, "a rock star" who is, "a spectacular writer and a wonderful collaborator." He said, "I am lucky to have her by my side in this journey." In addition to writing, Sarah works as a child psychologist. She and her husband have two children.

St. Paul readers can visit Penguin.com to find out where to purchase Scan. The sequel, Burn, is scheduled to be released in 2015. Other books written by Sarah Fine are available at a St. Paul Public Library.

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