The University of South Carolina Press' new series of children's titles, Young Palmetto Books, now is up to four titles with the release of "First, You Explore: The Story of the Young Charles Townes" by Rachel Haynie and illustrator Trahern Cook.

"Do things that are new and different." That's the philosophy of Townes, who grew up on a farm in Greenville and went on to invent the laser and receive the Nobel Prize in physics in 1964.

The book is $29.95 in hardcover, $15.95 in paperback and available from online booksellers.

Young Palmetto Books, edited by Kim Shealy Jeffcoat, has at least three more titles in the pipeline. The series highlights South Carolina writers and features educational themes.

Michele Degni Kingery, a resident of Columbia, has published her first Young Adult novel, "Starfish." Kingery teaches creative writing at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. Her book is a finalist for the 2014 Green Earth Book Award in the YA category.

"Starfish" is set in the Lowcountry and tells the story of teenager Charli Weeks who must cope with family misfortune and stormy weather only to learn the lessons of self-discovery.

"Starfish" is available from online retailers as a paperback and ebook.

Charleston native Tammy Turner has published a follow-up to her 2012 debut fantasy novel "Falling Into Forever."

The new book, "The End of Never," "continues the journey of 17-year-old Alexandra Peyton from quiet girl to warrior princess."

Both books cost $17.95 and are available from online retailers.

Andrew Eddy, the Canadian author of "Revontuli," will appear at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St., to read from and discuss his debut novel and to sign copies. The event is 5-6 p.m. May 23.

"Revontuli" concerns a little-known World War II episode, the burning of the Finnmark, a land above the Arctic Circle where Norway and Finland meet and which has long been home to the Sami people.

The book, available in paperback, is $15.95 from online retailers.