As many folks will tell you young adult and middle grade novels are selling very well, so well in fact that a new series that is already tied into movies is about to break. And break big time. This is from SF Scope:
Cornelia Funke's Reckless to debut with million+ printing
By Ian Randal Strock January 14, 2010
More news of Cornelia Funke's Reckless. Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has announced that they're planning to print one million copies for the US market, for a publication date of 14 September 2010. That pub date will be joint with Chicken House in the UK and Dressler in Germany.
The book "introduces brothers Jacob and Will Reckless whose thrilling adventures take them to a magical, yet haunting world." The book was "inspired by Grimm's Fairy Tales and developed with film-maker Lionel Wigram."
And, in what is becoming a trend with big children's book releases, there are plans in the scheduling for "a New York City premiere event for the book’s launch, which will be streamed live online. The publishers are also coordinating their marketing efforts for the book, which will be centered around the CorneliaFunkeFans.com web site," according to Publishers Weekly. Funke released a statement saying "I breathlessly await September 14th. The publication of Reckless marks the first time in my career when my fans around the world will all be able to read my new book on the same day."
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I work in a junior high school library and, yes, her books are very popular with our students. I wouldn't say she was up there with J.K. Rowling or Stephanie Meyer, but her books are always in circulation. That being said, I'm surprised at this level of roll-out. She must be even more popular than I thought.
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