Sun-Times contributor turns to young adult fiction with ‘Ascenders’

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Former Chicagoan Cindy Pearlman, who’s been telling celebrities’ stories in the Sun-Times for almost 30 years, now is making up a few of her own.

Pearlman has branched out into the world of young adult fiction, first as co-author of last year’s “Jax Malone” and now with a solo effort: “Ascenders: High School for the Recently Departed.”

Writing under her married name C.L. Gaber, the author tells the story of a suburban Chicago teen who passes away and finds herself enrolled in an afterlife high school.

A trailer for “Ascenders,” featuring music from the Cure’s Roger O’Donnell, was released Friday.

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