Scholastic has acquired worldwide English-language publishing rights to the fantasy adventure trilogy, The Book of Time
, by Guillaume Prévost, from French publisher Gallimard Jeunesse, in a major pre-emptive deal. The first title, The Stone Statue
, will be released simultaneously in the US, UK, Canada and Australia in fall 2007.
“Guillaume Prévost has a world-class imagination and a story to tell that will reach across borders to grab readers by their collars and hold them fast. We are thrilled to bring a unique talent like his to the attention of English-language readers around the globe,” said Arthur A. Levine, VP, Editorial Director, Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic Inc.
Elaine McQuade, Scholastic UK Managing Director, said, "We can’t wait to publish Guillaume Prévost’s captivating, intelligent, and hugely engaging The Book of Time
in the UK. This readable and original story has all the ingredients of a bestseller."
One part Da Vinci Code
, one part Dracula
, and one part The Time-Traveler’s Wife
, The Book of Time
trilogy focuses on 14-year-old Sam, whose quest to find his father takes him through time to ancient Egypt, Viking England, Dracula’s castle, and beyond. The first book in the trilogy, The Stone Statue
, was published in France this past February. Award-winning translator William Rodarmor will be handling the translation.
The Book of Time
is the first young adult work from Guillaume Prévost who is well-known in France for his acclaimed adult historical thrillers. Born on the island of Madagascar in 1964, Prévost currently teaches history at the Universite du Havre
outside of Paris.
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