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Lance Pekus of NBC's American Ninja Warrior and Jesse Haynes Announce New Novel; Initial Tour Date

Updated: Aug 31, 2022



Lance Pekus, a popular athlete from NBC's American Ninja Warrior, recently announced his debut young adult novel, The Ninja Games: The Warrior Within.


The novel was co-written by Jesse Haynes, a four-time published young adult novelist who's best known for writing young adult action/adventure.


The Ninja Games: The Warrior Within will be coming in Fall 2022 from CastleBuilders Press. It combines action-adventure elements with a ninja twist, inspired by Lance's background.


Here's the official teaser:


Greyson McEntire thinks he is a nobody.


Despite being a decorated rock-climber and scholar in the classroom, most of his high school peers don’t even know his name. Even his own mother can’t take a break from her work for long enough to care. If it wasn’t for his best friend Colter, Greyson would be all alone.

But that all changes when Greyson and Colter get a mysterious invite from the National Interdisciplinary Notable Juveniles Association to a summer camp that promises to change their life. Together, the friends dive into an adventure with the N.I.N.J.A.’s.

As they meet new friends, unravel a secret history, and practice obstacle course training, a greater truth becomes apparent.


The N.I.N.J.A. organization isn’t only trying to educate the leaders of tomorrow…


It’s trying to save the world from a dark, sinister force.



The Ninja Games: The Warrior Within. Cover Design by Cory Andres

While initial tour dates and events are still being set, the first official event for the new book has been set: The Louisiana Book Festival, one of the top 10 book festivals in the country. Before the festival, which will be held in Baton Rouge on October 29th, Pekus and Haynes will participate in school visits and local signings.


Skye Norwood, who directs the young adult portion of the LBF, said, "We couldn't be more excited to feature Lance this year at our event. His book is amazing and his celebrity status will be a big draw at this year's festival. Jesse will be returning for his second in-person festival, and we can't wait to have him back, too."


Follow CastleBuilders Press on Facebook to keep up with more news related to the book as we draw near release day.


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