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Scholastic Acquires Fantasy Novel For Children By Bestselling Author David Baldacci



  Scholastic Acquires Fantasy Novel For Children By Bestselling Author David
                                   Baldacci

The Finisher To Be Released March 4, 2014

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Aug. 12, 2013

NEW YORK, Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Scholastic, the global children's
publishing, education and media company, has acquired North American rights to
The Finisher, a new fantasy novel for children by international bestselling
author David Baldacci. Scheduled for release on March 4, 2014 and aimed at
readers ages 9-13, The Finisher (ISBN 978-0-545-65220-9 hardcover; ISBN
978-0-545-65236-0 ebook) follows the adventures of a determined young heroine
named Vega Jane who lives in an ordinary world with extraordinary secrets. The
deal was negotiated by Aaron Priest from The Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency
and Ellie Berger, President, Scholastic Trade. Scholastic recently published
Baldacci's Day of Doom, the concluding book in the bestselling The 39 Clues^®:
Cahills vs. Vespers multi-platform series.

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"It was my long-held dream to write this story and I am thrilled to be working
with a world-class publisher like Scholastic to bring it to readers
everywhere," said author David Baldacci.

"David Baldacci has captivated millions of readers worldwide with his
page-turning thrillers. His new venture into the fantasy genre is equally
mesmerizing, and every bit as exciting—all trademarks of this talented
writer," said Ellie Berger, President, Scholastic Trade. "We are delighted to
be working with David again, and look forward to introducing the young fans of
fantasy and adventure to the imaginative world of Vega Jane."

"It was the best kind of surprise to discover that an author beloved for
writing so brilliantly about our world has a secret love and talent for
creating his own magic world," said Rachel Griffiths, Executive Editor,
Scholastic Press, who will edit The Finisher. "I'm excited that his millions
of fans will have the pleasure of discovering that David's talent has even
more facets than any of us knew."

About The Finisher
Fourteen-year-old Vega Jane lives in the village of Wormwood, where life is
nasty, brutish and short. Villagers have been told that there is nothing
outside of Wormwood except for the Quag, a foul forest filled with terrifying
beasts. No one comes, no one goes, and Wormwood has stayed this way for
generations— until Vega's mentor Quentin Herms disappears. Quentin leaves Vega
a secret message hinting that there's a way out of Wormwood, and something
extraordinary on the other side. As Vega begins to investigate, she realizes
that Wormwood is a village built on dangerous lies. And that powerful people
are willing to kill in order to keep it that way. Soon Vega is careening down
a path that will either lead straight to the truth…or straight to an early
grave.

About David Baldacci
David Baldacci left a well-established law practice in Washington, D.C. to
become one of the world's bestselling authors, with his books published in
over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, and over 110 million copies
in print. His first novel, Absolute Power, was made into a movie starring
Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. Since then he has written 25 novels, all of
which have been national and international bestsellers. Baldacci's King &
Maxwell series was made into a TV series and premiered on the TNT Network in
June 2013. His forthcoming novel for adults, King & Maxwell, will be released
by Grand Central Publishing on November 19, 2013. In 2012, Baldacci wrote the
screenplay for and co-produced Wish You Well; the film, adapted from his
bestselling novel of the same title, stars Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn,
Josh Lucas and Mackenzie Foy. His most recent book for young readers, Day of
Doom, the final book in the bestselling multi-platform The 39 Clues^®: Cahills
vs. Vespers story arc, was published by Scholastic in March 2013. In 2011,
Baldacci became a member of the prestigious Kindle Million Club. While he is
involved with several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts are
dedicated to his family's Wish 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 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 www.scholastic.com.

SOURCE Scholastic Inc.

Website: http://www.scholastic.com
Contact: Charisse Meloto, Executive Director of Publicity for Print & Digital
Publishing, Scholastic Inc., 212/389-3785, cmeloto@scholastic.com
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