Sneak Peek at Upcoming 39 Clues Book: Cahills vs. Vespers #1

April 6th, 2011 by

First things first: I need to tell you that I work at Scholastic, which is the company that publishes The 39 Clues. But here’s something else: I don’t work on The 39 Clues at all.

And here’s the proof: Yesterday was the big release of Book 11: Vespers Rising, and my friend, Carly, brought in homemade ice cream to celebrate — BUT SHE DIDN’T SAVE ANY FOR ME! That’s right, the entire tub of Chocolate Pop Rocks ice cream was gobbled up by the people who actually do work on The 39 Clues. And that is not me.

Further proof: Just like the rest of the world, I’ve had zero access to any details about the new 39 Clues series… until now! Unbeknownst to me, some breaking book news was in the works at Scholastic, involving Cahills vs. Vespers Book 1: The Medusa Plot. And finally, that news is out there: As of yesterday, the cover and the prologue are available to the masses  (unlike that darn homemade ice cream that I’ll never be able to taste). Check out the crazy-looking cover and the sneak peek on the official 39 Clues site!

Btw, I mean “crazy-looking” in the best possible way. Those Medusa hair-snakes seem like they’re about to leap off the cover, don’t they? And don’t even get me started on her creepy jaggedy-teeth mouth — yikes!

The sneak peek at the prologue is also pretty intriguing. I didn’t think it was possible to fit so many kidnappings into 11 pages! It definitely reads like a good spy novel.

Unfortunately, the world will have to wait until August 30th to actually read this particular spy novel. Good thing I have some other kid-as-spy books on my To Be Read list:

Have you read any of those other books? Are you a 39 Clues fan? What are your thoughts on The Medusa Plot? Leave a comment and let me know!

— Karen

Karen definitely is not cut out for the spy life. She’d sing like a canary if the enemy just offered her some Chocolate Pop Rocks ice cream.

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Breaking Book News: BSC Prequel and Reissues

January 5th, 2010 by

The upcoming BSC prequel -- out in April!

The upcoming BSC prequel -- out in April 2010!

Recently, it was announced that a new Baby-Sitters Club prequel is in the works. My response: throw hands up in the air, do a little happy dance, get kind of dizzy, sit down.

I do happen to work at Scholastic, which is the company that publishes the BSC books. But my joy at this news has nothing to do with that. I’m not involved in the editing or publishing of the books at all. But I kind of wish I were, because as a kid, I was absolutely devoted to Ann M. Martin’s series about a group of middle school friends who start their own baby-sitting business. I’d order a new installment every month through those book club fliers that come to your school. And when we stopped getting those fliers, I systematically went through every BSC book in my local library — and my best friend’s collection.

My BFF and I weren’t the only two girls who enjoyed escaping into the series. As you can see from her zombiefication of the books, Nancy was also a huge fan. Basically every female who’s around our age (which is to say, ancient) has fond memories of the BSC books.

The old version of BSC Book #1. Like, really old. Like, from when Nancy and I were kids. Seriously.

The old version of BSC Book #1. Like, really old. Like, from when Nancy and I were kids. Seriously.

And I know they’re still somewhat popular today, although Scholastic stopped printing new copies a long time ago. That’s why in addition to the new prequel, Scholastic will also be reissuing the first five books in the series — so that they’re more easily accessible again.

At the same time, they’re also making some small changes to update the setting from the 1980s to today, like saying “headphones” instead of “cassette player” and “expensive hairstyle” instead of “perm.” Do you guys even know what a cassette player is? That actually brings up an interesting question — well, interesting to me anyway, and I’m the one writing this, so too bad for you:

As the target audience for the reissued books, how do you feel about these kinds of changes? Do you think they’re necessary? Is it harder for you to get into a book if it seems like the technology and fashions are outdated? Or does it not matter to your enjoyment of the story? Leave me a comment with your take on this issue. I’m really curious to hear your opinion!

And if you’re already a fan of the series, leave a comment telling me your favorite baby-sitter and/or your favorite book. (In case you were wondering, mine are Stacey and Book #13: Good-bye Stacey, Goodbye.)

And, of course, keep an eye out for the BSC prequel and the first two reissued books in April!

— Karen

NOTE: Nancy and I both work at Scholastic, but all the information for this blog post came from a recent New York Times article. Well, and from my childhood recollections — obviously not as reputable of a source as The Times