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Jeff Pinsker Named President of Scholastic’s KLUTZ Imprint

Jeff Pinsker has joined Scholastic as the president of the KLUTZ imprint. This “book plus” imprint publishes children’s activity books and related products.

In his new role, Pinsker (pictured) will be responsible for promoting and developing the KLUTZ brand. He will oversee the creative decisions, marketing campaigns and sales.

Here’s more from the release: “Most recently, Jeff Pinsker was the CEO of INFINITOY, an educational toy company that acquired the rights to ZOOB, a unique construction toy line, and launched QUIZMO, a hand-held electronic quiz game. He has authored 13 books, including the QUIZMO Series and entries in Spinner Books’ Armchair Puzzlers Series.”

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Andrew Jenks Lands Book Deal with Scholastic

MTV’s World of Jenks star Andrew Jenks has inked a book deal with Scholastic.

Andrew Jenks: My Adventures as a Young Filmmaker will contain personal stories, photos and life lessons. The book will be published in March 2013. The Creative Artist Agency negotiated on behalf of Jenks with publisher Debra Dorfman.

Here’s more from the release: “Jenks rose to fame with his innovative MTV documentary series, World of Jenks, where he lived the life of a different person (a homeless teen, a teen with autism, a rapper, an NFL cheerleader, and more) in each episode. The World of Jenks premiere garnered 4.8 million viewers, marking it MTV’s highest rated series launch. The second season of the show is set to premiere in fall 2012. Jenks is also a correspondent for MTV’s 2012 election campaign, ‘Power of 12.’”

Cassandra Clare & Holly Black Ink Deal for 5-Book Series

Mortal Instruments author Cassandra Clare and The Spiderwick Chronicles author Holly Black have landed a book deal for a five-book middle grade fantasy series.

Scholastic will publish the first book, The Iron Trial, in 2014. Editorial director David Levithan negotiated the deal with literary agents Russell Galen (for Clare) and Barry Goldblatt (for Black).

Here’s more from the release: “In this exciting new series, twelve-year-old Callum Hunt has grown up knowing three rules by heart. Never trust a magician. Never pass a test a magician gives you. And never let a magician take you to the Magisterium. Callum is about to break all the rules. And when he does, his life will change in ways he can’t possibly imagine.”

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Suzanne Collins Is Best-Selling Kindle Author of All Time

Hunger Games trilogy author Suzanne Collins is the best-selling Kindle author of all time, according to Amazon.

Over at Salon, Laura Miller took an in-depth look at the series’ success: “With the right title, a kid’s publisher can deploy something the world of adult publishing can only dream about: a large, well-oiled and highly networked group of professional and semi-professional taste makers who can make that book a hit even before it’s published.”

In June 2011, Collins became the first children’s books author to sell more than one million Kindle books. For the last ten weeks, the Hunger Games trilogy has occupied the top three spots on the USA Today best-seller list. In addition, the trilogy currently holds the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list (children’s series category) after 81 weeks on the list.

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Maggie Stiefvater Inks Deal for 4-Book Epic Fantasy

Author Maggie Stiefvater has landed a deal with Scholastic for a four-book epic fantasy series.

The first book, The Raven Boys, is slated for release in September. The Raven Boys stars Richard Campbell Gansey, III (a boy who “has it all”) and Blue Sargent (daughter of the town psychic).

Stiefvater (pictured, via) had this statement in the release: “I grew up on a diet of exceptional fantasy series for children— The Dark Is Rising, The Black Cauldron, A Wrinkle in Time, The Chronicles of Narnia — and I’ve always wanted to write one of those sprawling epic sagas built from intimate moments. I sat on a draft of The Raven Boys for a decade, but it wasn’t until I had the tools I learned from writing the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races that I knew how to do it.”

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Scholastic to Launch Book Series & Online Game

Scholastic’s seven-book Infinity Ring series will launch alongside an interactive gaming website next year. The books and website, aimed at readers ages 8 to 12, will feature an “alternate-history time travel” storyline.

The new series will be written by six children’s authors, including zombie novelist Carrie Ryan, fantasy writer Lisa McMann, YA lit writer Matt de la Peña, historical fiction novelist Matthew J. Kirby, middle grade author Jennifer A. Nielsen and The Maze Runner trilogy author James Dashner. Dashner will write the first book (A Mutiny in Time) and the not-yet-titled final book.

Both the Infinity Ring website and A Mutiny in Time will be released simultaneously in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada starting September 2012. The final book will be published in March 2014.

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Brian Selznick Hosts Virtual Tours of American Museum of Natural History

Scholastic has launched a special educational website called “Teaching with Brian Selznick.” The free site offers virtual field trips of New York City’s American Museum of Natural History, the inspiration for Brian Selznick‘s latest illustrated novel, Wonderstruck.

The website also contains classroom resources for both Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret. In the video embedded above, Selznick takes viewers a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum.

Here’s more from the release: “The virtual field trip, which is also available in closed caption, is hosted by Selznick and museum president Ellen V. Futter, and takes students on a tour through three exhibits in the museum: the Wolf Diorama, the Ahnighito Meteorite, and the Giant Anopheles Mosquito, all prominently featured in Wonderstruck. Students will also learn about the museum’s history, exhibits, and collections from a museum curator, an exhibitions manager, and a senior scientist.”

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Scholastic to Release ‘The 39 Clues’ Short Story eBooks for Holidays

Scholastic just unveiled The 39 Clues: Rapid Fire, a series of seven original eBook short stories for the holidays. Starting December 25th, they will publish one story a day until the end of December. The eBooks will be priced at $0.99 at online retailers.

There has been no word as to who will author these short stories but the list of possible authors is long. Some of the illustrious contributors to The 39 Clue main series include Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan, bestselling thriller novelist David Baldacci and Newbery Award-winner Linda Sue Park.

Here’s more from the release: “In addition to all-new information about the powerful Cahill family, The 39 Clues: Rapid Fire eBook short stories will each contain pieces of a code that when combined will unlock an exclusive virtual card and online content on The 39 Clues game site (www.the39clues.com). There are currently more than 11 million copies in print worldwide for the interactive adventure series, which combines books, collectible cards, and an online game where kids age 8-12 become a part of the story.”

Scholastic to Publish ‘The Hunger Games Tribute Guide’

Scholastic will publish The Hunger Games Tribute Guide, giving readers a glimpse into the stories of 24 tributes who endure a brutal competition in Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games.

Here’s more from the release: “Readers follow the Tributes’ journey from the Reaping to the Games, with a look at all the highlights along the way—the Tribute Parade, the stations of the Training Center, the interviews, and more. The book will include exclusive information about the Tributes’ strengths and weaknesses, their weapons of choice, and their experience in the Capitol before entering the arena.”

In Suzanne Collins‘ book, not much is revealed about the majority of the tributes. In fact, the names of 15 tributes have never been revealed. On the film’s Facebook page, several actors will be playing “Tribute Boy” and “Tribute Girl.” It will be interesting to see if new content may surface in this publication.

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Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic’s Global HQ

In this episode of “Cubes,” we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and, of course, Clifford the Big Red Dog is based out of two conjoined buildings in Manhattan’s SoHo district. The space includes Scholastic’s flagship bookstore, a huge rooftop terrace, one-of-a-kind Harry Potter memorabilia, and a 4,000-square-foot auditorium that recently hosted a performance from Taylor Swift.

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