Today is a very big day for Scholastic: The 39 Clues is finally here!
If you read last week’s entry about the upcoming series, The 39 Clues, then you know it’s going to be absolutely ground-breaking. For the full background scoop, watch this video interview with Rick Riordan, the author of the first book in the series, The Maze of Bones.
As you can see, The 39 Clues is not just a book series — it’s got game cards, an intricate online hunt, and (gasp!) prizes! And although Scholastic employees are not eligible to win (sigh), you can bet that everyone here is still really excited about today’s launch.
In fact, we’re all so hyped up about the series that over 130 of us squeezed into a conference room yesterday for a chance to meet Rick Riordan in person. (So many Scholastic employees wanted in on the action that the room hit maximum capacity and people were even turned away at the door!)
Scholastic’s in-house library organized a talk between Rick and executive editorial director David Levithan. (David is one of the masterminds behind the concept for The 39 Clues and one of the select few in the entire world who know all of the clues and how the story ends.)
Everyone at Scholastic was invited to attend the talk, and the first 70 people to arrive received a free advance copy of The Maze of Bones. Sadly, I didn’t get there in time to snag my own copy, but I wasn’t too disappointed because I was able to get my hands on Sonja‘s copy about a month ago. Sorry, guys — you know I wanted to tell you all about it, but everyone was asked to keep things pretty hush-hush. Except here’s the thing: the advance copies are all missing the ending! That’s right — that is how top secret this project has been. I’m really glad that Sonja warned me when she handed the book to me because I would have been so upset if I hadn’t been prepared for the abrupt cliffhanger. Of course, now that the book has been released to the public, the ending is out there for all to read. Do you think my boss will notice if I disappear for an hour or two with my new book after I post this blog entry? Shh, don’t tell her I said that . . .
Anyway, as I was saying, it was standing room only at the talk between Rick Riordan and David Levithan. And in fact, that’s the first thing that they commented on:
David: This is kind of crazy, wouldn’t you say?
Rick: All I know is they told me there would be cupcakes.
(That got a big laugh from the audience, who were all munching away on cupcakes provided by the Scholastic Library. Luckily, there were more cupcakes than advance copies of the book, and I grabbed a chocolate with chocolate frosting!)
After that, David officially kicked off the talk by thanking everyone on the 39 Clues team. I was surprised to hear that for two years, no one on the team was allowed to say anything about the project to anyone. Do you think you could keep such a juicy secret for so long? I’m not sure that I could!
BUT I guess I can keep a secret for at least a day, because you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to hear the rest of what happened at the talk. [insert devious laughter here]
Coming up tomorrow in Part 2: Rick’s Answers Revealed . . .
— Karen, STACKS Staffer