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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.”

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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.

Bomb Magazine Contest Seeks Etgar Keret-Inspired Art Submissions

Bomb Magazine and FSG Originals seek visual art submissions for the “Something out of Something” contest honoring the work of Israeli short story writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret.

The winner will receive $500, a signed copy of Keret’s forthcoming Suddenly, a Knock on the Door and a spot in a future Keret short story or film. The pieces should incorporate or be inspired by one of Keret’s short stories.

Here’s more from the release: “Something out of Something, which takes its name from a passage in the title story of Keret’s forthcoming collection Suddenly, a Knock on the Door (April 2012), will be run on a Tumblr of the same name, where submissions can be viewed and commented on by other entrants, readers, and Keret fans. Twenty-five finalists will be selected by judges from Farrar, Straus and Giroux and BOMB Magazine staff, as well Keret himself, and will be announced on Something out of Something on March 15, 2012. Finalists’ work will be sold in a silent auction on April 29, 2012, with proceeds to benefit the PEN American Center.” (Photo Credit: Yanai Yeohiel)

Book Wish Foundation Compiles Y.A. Short Story & Poetry Collection

A team of authors have joined Book Wish Foundation‘s What You Wish For: A Book For Darfur project. Book sale profits will be donated to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), an organization building libraries in Darfur refugee camps in Chad.

Penguin Group’s G.P. Putnam’s Sons imprint will release the collection in September. If you make a donation of $20 or more before April 30th and your name (and your child’s) will be included in the book’s acknowledgment section.

Actress Mia Farrow, who serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, has written the forward. The participating authors include: Cornelia Funke, Meg Cabot, R. L. Stine, John Green, Ann M. Martin, Alexander McCall Smith, Cynthia Voigt, Karen Hesse, Joyce Carol Oates, Nikki Giovanni, Jane Yolen, Nate Powell, Gary Soto, Jeanne DuPrau, Francisco X. Stork, Marilyn Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Sofia Quintero.

True Blood Novelist Helps Create Vampire Video Game

Vampire novelist Charlaine Harris (her novels inspired HBO’s True Blood series) has partnered up with I-play Entertainment to create “Dying for Daylight,” a PC video game. This project stars Dahlia, a character described as “a vampire with a devastating sense of fashion and a razor-sharp wit.”

Players journey through New Orleans, Memphis, and Charleston Harbor searching for a magical tonic that allows vampires to endure open sunlight. Dahlia gathers clues, solves puzzles, and meets interesting characters along the way.

The press release offers this quote from Harris: “As an author, I have spent my life focusing on the power of words. I can honestly say that this collaboration with I-play has been eye-opening, showing the unique way stories can be told and characters brought to life in games.”

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Roald Dahl’s ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ Adapted for Stage

Five stories from Roald Dahl‘s Tales of the Unexpected have been adapted for the stage in the UK. On January 14th, Roald Dahl’s Twisted Tales opened for previews on the West End.

Jeremy Dyson wrote the script and Polly Findlay directed the play. The production website should be 14 or older since it is based on short stories with adult material.

Dahl first published the collection in 1979. The sixteen stories inspired a television series that lasted for nine seasons. The video embedded above features the show’s theme song. (Via the Daily Mail)