leakmock.jpgOne of the most anticipated YA literature releases for the summer has been leaked, despite a strict embargo. Mockingjay, the final book in Suzanne Collins‘ popular Hunger Games series has found itself in the hands of MuggleNet.com administrator, Andrew Sims.

Sims is a co-founder of one of the largest Harry Potter fan sites on the Internet, and tweeted a picture of his leaked copy before boarding a flight. Sims wrote: “Thanks to a very kind friend, I’m about to start Mockingjay. Join me on my red eye flight to read along.”

According to the Examiner, the 140-character post earned a response from Scholastic. The publisher behind Collins’ series has guarded the book, just like the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

One Scholastic publicist explained: “We are not releasing copies in advance of 8/24/10. Scholastic did not provide this person with a copy of Mockingjay. In fact, I haven’t even read it yet!” Sims responded in the article: “I don’t really have any comment and honestly I’m just hoping for it to pass. I didn’t expect it to get such a reaction!” (Via.)