April 2nd, 2009
01:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama's sister signs book deal

In the book, Ladder to the Moon, Maya Soetoro-Ng will imagine what her four-year-old daughter would have learned from her grandmother if the two had ever met.
In the book, Ladder to the Moon, Maya Soetoro-Ng will imagine what her four-year-old daughter would have learned from her grandmother if the two had ever met.

(CNN) – President Obama's sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, has signed a deal to write a picture book inspired by her mother, Candlewick Press announced Thursday.

In the book, Ladder to the Moon, Soetoro-Ng will imagine what her four-year-old daughter would have learned from her grandmother if the two had ever met. In the book, she "pays homage to her mother's tradition of storytelling - and celebrates her mother's enduring legacy of service – with an unforgettable story of love and compassion being passed along generations," according to the press release.

Soetoro-Ng and Obama's mother died of ovarian cancer in 1995.

"Maya Soetoro-Ng will be a major new voice in literature," Candlewick President Karen Lotz said in a statement. "We feel so privileged to publish her first work, an expressive and lyrical picture book."

Soetoro-Ng is currently a teacher at an all-girls school in Hawaii. The publication date for her book has not yet been announced.


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