The Blerd Book Club is a new group on Goodreads for blerds, bleeks, nerds, geeks, and everyone else in-between who all share an affinity for reading.  The first book selected for June 2013 is the sci-fi young adult thriller Orleans.  Orleans is a story about 15 year old Fen de la Guerre who is on a mission to keep her cheiftain’s baby Enola from suffering the same fate as all of the other residents of Orleans that are infected with Delta fever.

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Sherri L. Smith’s life can best be summed up geographically. Born in Chicago, IL, she spent her childhood in Staten Island, NY, Washington D.C., and Upstate New York. Her parents divorced when she was twelve. A year later, she moved back to Chicago with her mother and big brother. After high school, it was off to New York City for college, San Francisco for graduate school, and then Los Angeles, to make movies. Sherri has worked in film, animation, comic books and construction. Film highlights include Tim Burton’s MARS ATTACKS!, where she worked in stop-motion animation -a truly cool art form.

Sherri also worked for three years at Disney TV Animation, helping to create stories for animated home video projects. After leaving Disney, Sherri found an unlikely home with a construction company, working in a triple-wide trailer on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport. From there she spent nine hilarious years working at Bongo Comics, the company that brings you THE SIMPSONS in print. Currently, Sherri happily spends her days writing novels and visiting her readers in schools and libraries across the country. Sherri L. Smith spent most of her childhood reading books.  She is the author of four award-winning novels—Lucy the Giant, Sparrow, Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet and the California Book Awards Gold Medalist Flygirl, which the Washington Post named a best book of the year. Her latest novel, Orleans, is set in a post-catastrophe New Orleans and has received several starred reviews. Find it in stores now. For more information visit www.sherrilsmith.com. She lives in Los Angeles with the love of her life, and is currently working on her next book.

Sherri also has a blog about her musings as a writer called The Middle Hundred

Orleans is currently available on Amazon