SCHOLASTIC AUDIO INTRODUCES AUDIOBOOK EDITION OF GROUNDBREAKING, MULTI-PLATFORM NEW BOOK SERIES
 
THE 39 CLUES™ BOOK ONE: THE MAZE OF BONES


Releasing Simultaneously with the Book Publishing Program,
the Audiobook Includes Exclusive Bonus Material
and is Read by Tony-Nominated Stage and Screen Actor David Pittu.


New York, NY (August 18, 2008) -- Scholastic Audio begins the hunt for The 39 Clues™, an interactive multi-media adventure series, on September 9, 2008. The audiobook version of the first book, The Maze of Bones, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Rick Riordan, will be released in the United States and Canada in tandem with the launch of the book publishing program, including the hardcover edition of Book 1 scheduled for simultaneous publication by Scholastic in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Narrated by Tony-nominated actor David Pittu, the audiobook will be available unabridged on a four-disc set for $19.95. The official 39 Clues online game also will launch worldwide on September 9, 2008, on www.the39clues.com. Combining reading with an online game and card collecting, this interactive series for ages 8-12 spans 10 adrenaline-charged books, hundreds of collectible game cards, and an online game that allows readers to play a part in the story and compete for prizes.
 
The 39 Clues centers around the Cahills—the most powerful family the world has ever known. The source of its power is a mystery that can only be unraveled by assembling 39 clues hidden around the world throughout history. Rick Riordan, author of the New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson series, authored the spellbinding first book The Maze of Bones and also outlined the program’s 10-book story arc. Riordan will be followed by a team of best-selling and acclaimed authors.  The second book, One False Note, by Gordon Korman will be published on December 2, 2008. The third, fourth, and fifth books, will be published in 2009, and will be written by Peter Lerangis, Jude Watson, and Patrick Carman, respectively. Additional authors and publication dates for subsequent titles will be announced at a later date.
 
The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones audiobook adds yet another dimension to an already content-rich series. In addition to six game cards, the package also includes exclusive bonus track material at the end of the audio book that reveals a secret surveillance tape of Grace Cahill as she is flying her plane over Scotland.
 
There will be hundreds of collectible cards created for The 39 Clues—each marked with a unique code. Six cards are included with each book and audiobook, and randomly assorted card packs of sixteen will be available for purchase separately. Kids can register their cards online and manage their card collections through The 39 Clues website, while trying to collect them all. The 39 Clues website, www.the39clues.com, will allow kids to participate in the adventure by tracking their points and their clues, managing their card collections, digging through the Cahill archives for secrets, and “traveling” the world to collect Cahill artifacts, interview characters, and hunt down the clues. The official The 39 Clues game will begin worldwide on September 9, 2008. Finding clues and earning points results in prizes—and those who solve all 39 clues will be able to compete for the grand prize.
 
Scholastic will be giving away more than $100,000 in prizes in a variety of ways throughout the duration of the series. For complete details and Official Rules go to www.the39clues.com.
 
Movie rights for The 39 Clues have been picked up by DreamWorks Studios. Deborah Forte, President of Scholastic Media, will produce. Steven Spielberg is eyeing to direct.
 
THE 39 CLUES: THE MAZE OF BONES SYNOPSIS:
Grace Cahill left an impossible decision in the hands of her grandchildren when she changed her will just minutes before her death. The last matriarch of the Cahills, the world’s most powerful family, Grace left her only decedents with a choice: $1 million or the first of 39 clues that will ultimately lead to a 500 year-old secret. Amy and Dan Cahill must decide between taking the million dollars or hunting the clues and possibly uncovering what really happened to their parents.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for children and the Tres Navarre series for adults. His books have won many accolades including a 2005 New York Times Notable mention for The Lightening Thief.  Rick lives with his family in San Antonio, Texas.
 
ABOUT THE NARRATOR
David Pittu is an accomplished stage and screen actor. Mr. Pittu’s Broadway credits include Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia and LoveMusik, for which he received a Tony nomination. His film and television appearances include Law & Order and Peter Jackson’s King Kong. He recently narrated The Name of This Book Is Secret for Scholastic Audio.
 
About Scholastic Media
Scholastic Media (SM), the entertainment and media division of Scholastic, is a leading producer of quality, family-oriented content across multiple platforms, including feature films, television programming, videos, interactive and audio products, and web sites, and is a major developer and marketer of children's brands worldwide.

About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology and children’s media. 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 and school-based book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, television networks and the Company’s Internet Site, www.scholastic.com.

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THE 39 CLUES: THE MAZE OF BONES 
    
Scholastic Audio    
Narrator: David Pittu      
Format: Unabridged, 5 hours    
Release Date: September 9, 2008
Trade Edition ISBN: 0-545-09104-7   
$19.95 U.S. / $21.99 CAN     
 
Scholastic 
Written by Rick Riordan 
Format: Hardcover
Publication Date: September 9, 2008
ISBN: 0-545-06039-7
$12.99 U.S.
 

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