Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Bree Tanner’ Raises $1.5 Million For Red Cross

Talk about taking a bite out of the bestseller list: After just six months in bookstores, sales of Stephenie Meyer’s novella, “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner,” have raised $1.5 million for the American Red Cross. You may recall, Stephenie and her publisher Little, Brown pledged a dollar from each book’s sales to the agency’s International Response Fund (which, among other causes, supported Haiti relief efforts earlier this year).

“I’m so grateful that Little, Brown, the American Red Cross, and my fans made this generous gift possible,” Stephenie said in a statement. “It’s amazing to have the opportunity to help those so greatly in need.”

A check was presented to American Red Cross representatives today, and they couldn’t have been more thrilled with the results of the partnership. “The generous contribution of Little, Brown to the IRF is essential to the ability of the American Red Cross to provide help and hope for people during their darkest hours,” said David Meltzer of the American Red Cross. “This kind of donation helps us provide a depth and breadth of services which is hard to match.”

Kudos to Stephenie, Little, Brown and all you fans for making such a donation possible! Edward would be proud!

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