SCHOLASTIC TO PUBLISH MEGA-BESTSELLING AUTHOR MEG CABOT


Meg Cabot’s “Girl-World Domination” Kicks Off With New Sassy Tween Series and Two Remarkable Teen Trilogies

New York, NY (February 5, 2007) -- Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, has won the rights to publish Meg Cabot, one of today’s most popular and bestselling authors for teens. The deal was negotiated on behalf of Meg Cabot by Laura Langlie of Laura Langlie Literary Agency.
 
Meg Cabot, who took the publishing world by storm with her phenomenally successful Princess Diaries books, heads off in a dazzling new direction with the launch of three brand-new series. As part of its “Meg Cabot Girl-World Domination” campaign, Scholastic will publish Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls, a smart, funny series for readers ages 8-12 launching in spring 2008. In addition to the Allie Finkle books, two new trilogies for teens, Airhead and Abandon, will be published in 2008 and 2009. Airhead is daring, highly entertaining and a new direction for Meg Cabot, and Abandon is a dramatic modern retelling of the myth of Persephone.
 
“Meg Cabot rocks.” said Lisa Holton, President of Scholastic Children’s Books. “Her new series are brilliant, funny, and totally fresh. We can’t wait to bring Meg’s exciting new work to millions of girls across the country. We will leave no feather boa unturned in our quest for girl-world domination.”
 
“Meg Cabot has an unbelievable ability to channel girls—readers always relate to her characters even though they’re princesses or they can see ghosts,” said Abigail McAden, Editorial Director, Point, an imprint of Scholastic. “Now, with Allie Finkle, she’s writing for a whole new set of kids, and I’m so excited for younger readers to meet Allie, who is nine and always follows the rules. Mostly. Or she secretly makes up her own. Regardless, Allie gets in a lot of trouble, whether it’s by breaking her own rules or somebody else’s—something every kid can relate to. Meg’s writing is in a league of its own: it’s remarkably accessible, filled with heart, and often just plain hilarious. And her new teen books are no exception: both Airhead and Abandon are fantastically absorbing and sure to be big hits with her teen readers.”
 
Meg Cabot is the author of over forty books for adults and teens, many of which have been bestsellers including five #1 New York Times bestsellers, most notably the Princess Diaries series from HarperCollins, which is currently being published in over 37 countries and was made into two hit movies by Disney. Meg Cabot’s books have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. For teens, her books include the Mediator series, the 1-800-Where-R-You? books, All-American Girl, Ready Or Not, Teen Idol, Avalon High, and How to Be Popular, as well as Nicola and the Viscount and Victoria and the Rogue. She also writes books for adults, including The Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl, Every Boy's Got One, Size 12 Is Not Fat, and Queen of Babble. Her forthcoming young adult books for HarperCollins include Pants On Fire, Jinx, and a manga sequel to Avalon High.  Meg divides her time between Key West, Florida, New York, New York, and her hometown, Bloomington, Indiana.
 
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology.  Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys.  The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company's Internet site, www.scholastic.com.

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