Bestselling Author David Baldacci to Lead Free Virtual Field Trip to Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in

     Bestselling Author David Baldacci to Lead Free Virtual Field Trip to
  Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Exclusive Scholastic

Webcast to Air March 5, 2013, to Coincide With Publication of Baldacci's "Day
of Doom," the Latest Book in Bestselling Multi-Platform Series, The 39 Clues®

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NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan.24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Scholastic, the global children's
publishing, education and media company, today announces a webcast featuring
international bestselling author David Baldacci at the Smithsonian's National
Museum of American History. The "Decoding History" virtual field trip, to air
on March 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT, will explore some of American
history's greatest mysteries and will be globally accessible for free on The webcast coincides with the publication
of David Baldacci's new book for young readers, "The 39 Clues^®: Cahills vs.
Vespers: Day of Doom," the latest title in the bestselling and educational
Scholastic series, The 39 Clues^™.


During the webcast, with David Baldacci as their guide, children and educators
around the world will be taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the most
fascinating artifacts in the Smithsonian's national collections, including the
Lewis and Clark compass (an object that is featured in Baldacci's 39 Clues
book), Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch, and the Star-Spangled Banner. Viewers
will also "meet" renowned museum curators and explore some of the most
mysterious moments and intriguing questions in American history: Who left a
secret message in Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch? Which is the real Lewis and
Clark compass? Why is there a "V" on the original Star-Spangled Banner? The
contents of the webcast will help teachers address the "Speaking & Listening"
Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts.

"I'm thrilled to be part of the joint program between the powerhouse
combination of Scholastic and the Smithsonian. History and books, what could
be better? Each entertains and educates. And The 39 Clues series and the
Smithsonian do both, splendidly," said author David Baldacci.

"Scholastic is honored to have author David Baldacci as part of our
groundbreaking and innovative 39 Clues team and we couldn't be more excited
that he has agreed to lead our exclusive webcast," said Ellie Berger,
President, Scholastic Trade. "We are also thrilled to collaborate with the
renowned institution, Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, on
this unique and educational virtual tour that will reach countless classrooms
and libraries around the globe and is a perfect way to merge history, mystery,
and storytelling."

"Books are often a gateway to an interest in history," said Judy Gradwohl,
Associate Director for Education and Public Programming at the National Museum
of American History. "This virtual field trip provides a great opportunity to
introduce the many fans of The 39 Clues to the real objects and stories that
make up American history."

David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of
his first novel,Absolute Power, in 1996. In total, he has published25
novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers.His
novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than
80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. He has received
numerous accolades for his writing; most recently, he was inducted into the
2011 International Crime Writing Hall of Fame. While he is involved with
several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts are dedicated to his
family'sWish You Well Foundation^®. Established by Baldacci and his wife,
Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in
the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of
new and existing literacy and educational programs.

About the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
The National Museum of American History collects, preserves and displays
American heritage in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and
military history. The museum is currently renovating its west exhibition wing
with new galleries on American business, democracy and culture; an education
center; new spaces for the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and
Innovation; public plazas; a Hall of Music for live performances; and the
addition of a first-floor window wall with views to the Washington Monument.
For more information, visit The museum is
located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., and is open daily from 10
a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free.

About The 39 Clues
Scholastic, the pioneering force in multi-platform publishing, broke new
ground in September 2008 with the launch of The 39 Clues^®, which combined
books, collectible cards, and an online game, and was the first series of its
kind in the publishing industry. The multi-author series for kids ages 8-12
launched on September 9, 2008, with Book 1: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan,
which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. All books in The 39
Clues series have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers
Weekly bestseller lists. In August 2011, Scholastic launched The 39 Clues:
Cahills vs. Vespers, a six-book spin-off of the popular series with Book 1:
The Medusa Plot by #1 New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman. Book 6:
Day of Doom by international bestselling author David Baldacci is the
concluding installment in The 39 Clues Cahills vs. Vespers series and will be
released on March 5, 2013. The phenomenally popular The 39 Clues franchise
maintains a massive global following with readers in all 50 states and 191
countries. There are currently more than 15 million copies in print worldwide
for The 39 Clues series and more than 2 million registered users for the
online game. A movie is currently in development with Dreamworks with Jeff
Nathanson (Catch Me if You Can and Rush Hour 2) as screenwriter and Deborah
Forte of Scholastic Media as producer. Scholastic recently announced the
expansion of the series with The 39 Clues: Unstoppable, a spin-off cycle
launching in October 2013. For more information about The 39 Clues, visit

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
related services and children's media. Scholastic creates quality books and
ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines,
multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at
home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a
variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail
stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at

SOURCE Scholastic Corporation

Contact: Charisse Meloto, Executive Director of Publicity for Print & Digital
Publishing, Scholastic Inc., +1-212-389-3785,; Kate
Wiley, Public Affairs Specialist, National Museum of American History,
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