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Scholastic Unveils First Of Seven New Covers For The Harry Potter Books In Celebration Of The 15th Anniversary Of Harry Potter



  Scholastic Unveils First Of Seven New Covers For The Harry Potter Books In
 Celebration Of The 15th Anniversary Of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone

NEW TRADE PAPERBACK EDITIONS FEATURING COVERS BY AWARD-WINNING ILLUSTRATOR
KAZU KIBUISHI COMING SEPTEMBER 2013

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Harry Potter fans and young readers
just starting their journey through the world of Harry Potter will have
something new and exciting to add to their bookshelves this September. 
Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children's publishing, education and
media company, today unveiled an all new cover for Harry Potter and the
Sorcerer's Stone - the first of seven new covers to appear on U.S. trade
paperback editions coming in September 2013 to celebrate the 15^th anniversary
of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the original
book in J.K. Rowling's best-selling Harry Potter series. 

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130213/NY59561 )
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The stunning art for the new editions is by critically acclaimed artist Kazu
Kibuishi, best known for his #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel
series, Amulet.  Kibuishi is a longtime Harry Potter fan who called this
opportunity, "more than a little surreal."  Each of the seven new covers will
depict a distinctive and memorable moment from the respective book.  The
collection, which will also be released in September as a boxed set, will
offer new readers just reaching the age to begin the series a glimpse of J.K.
Rowling's magical world and the epic story they are about to enter. 

"The Harry Potter covers by Mary GrandPre are so fantastic and iconic," said
Kibuishi.  "When I was asked to submit samples, I initially hesitated because
I didn't want to see them reinterpreted!  However, I felt that if I were to
handle the project, I could bring something to it that many other designers
and illustrators probably couldn't, and that was that I was also a writer of
my own series of middle grade fiction. As an author myself, I tried to answer
the question, 'If I were the author of the books-and they were like my own
children- how would I want them to be seen years from now?' When illustrating
the covers, I tried to think of classic perennial paperback editions of famous
novels and how those illustrations tend to feel.  In a way, the project became
a tribute to both Harry Potter and the literary classics." 

The inspired original art for the series, created by the talented Mary
GrandPre will continue to be featured on the U.S. hardcover and digest
paperback editions.

According to Ellie Berger, President, Scholastic Trade Publishing, "The
brilliant artist Kazu Kibuishi offers his unique vision of the world of Harry
Potter, making each cover an incredible adventure that will transport new
readers just discovering Harry Potter for the first time directly into the
rich world of J.K. Rowling's imagination."

Scholastic also announced that in November 2013, the company will release the
first boxed set of the complete Hogwarts Library in the U.S., including
Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The
Tales of Beedle the Bard.  Sales of the Hogwarts Library will support two
charities selected by the author, J.K. Rowling:  Lumos, a charity founded by
J.K. Rowling which works to end the institutionalization of children, and
Comic Relief, a UK-based charity that strives to create a just world free from
poverty.

Fifteen years after the first U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling's first book,
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in September 1998, there are more than
150 million Harry Potter books in print in the United States alone and the
series still hits bestseller lists regularly. The seven Harry Potter books are
published in over 200 territories in 73 languages and have sold more than 450
million copies worldwide.

About Kazu Kibuishi Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the
on-going #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels, as
well as the comic collection Copper, both published by Graphix/Scholastic. He
is also the founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies, a critically
acclaimed comic series; and the creator of Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, which
was named a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults. Kazu Kibuishi lives in Alhambra,
California with his family. Visit him at www.boltcity.com and on Twitter at
@BoltCity.

For more information about Scholastic visit our media room.

For more information about Harry Potter and the new paperback releases, visit
http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/harrypotter where a downloadable image of the
new cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is available.  

SOURCE Scholastic Inc.

Website: http://www.scholastic.com
Contact: Kyle Good, +1-212-343-4563, kgood@scholastic.com, or SheilaMarie
Everett, +1-212-389-3786, severett@scholastic.com
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