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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Keeping the secrets of Katniss Everdeen...

With less than 20 days to the release of "Mockingjay," Scholastic (the publisher) has been doing it's best to keep the story's secrets.  However, they are also promoting the heck out of the book (a Facebook page, a book trailer, activity kits sent to bookstores for release parties, a countdown clock, and more).

Although I was able to get advance copies of both "The Hunger Games" and "Catching Fire," I was not able to get an advance copy of "Mockingjay."  And neither was anyone else, so I don't feel too bad.  (Well, that's not true...I'm still bitter.  And so is Mr. Kaneko, and just about everyone else who knows I can score books before they are published). 

As with the last four "Harry Potter" titles, Scholastic skipped the process of printing advance reader copies for Mockingjay. “I’ve never worked on a project that was so top secret,” said David Levithan, v-p and editorial director at Scholastic. “I actually had to wipe the file from my laptop when I was done with it, for fear that I’d be the guy who leaves his laptop in a taxi and ends up ruining it for everyone.”  (From an interview printed in Publisher's Weekly). 

I actually sat next to David Levithan at a dinner in June (he is also an author, and an exceptional person to spend an evening talking to), and he was introduced as "the only person in the room to have read Mockingjay."

So...what do you think is going to happen in Mockingjay?


Sarah said...

All I can say is, she better find Peeta! I know, how trite!

Super said...

I love David Levithan! I was able to meet him and John Green at a book signing recently, and John was teasing everyone about the fact that David knows how Mockingjay ends. It's probably a good thing there are no ARCs out there, so we can all be surprised.

Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) said...

Wow, you got the first two early, how lucky! I love this series. I think that Collins will shock us all and there's no way we can predict what will happen!

Mrs. Yusko said...

Still counting down to Mockingjay. I have discovered that release day is my first day back to work...hmmm, not liking this at all! It's kind of like Survivor premieres always being on curriculum night...ugh! What's a fan to do???


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