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So, I went to the big annual conference of the American Library Association last weekend, and in addition to getting to hang out with some of my favorite people in the whole wide world, and meeting wonderful people whom I had hithertobeforehandyetpriorly not met, and being around so much book squee and getting to look at awesome library return bins and vacuum-powered mechanical page-turning devices, I got this nice little bit of good news:

There’s going to be a Scholastic Book Club edition of The Boy at the End of the World, most probably in August. When I was in grade school, getting that Scholastic catalog was always like the best thing ever. I’d get whatever books they had on Bigfoot, UFO’s, and Dynamite Magazine, all sorts of random stuff. So to have a book of my own in that flier? Total bucket list stuff.

There’s also going to be a regular paperback edition in October, with a new cover that I of course will show off as soon as I am allowed. This week, I am a happy writer.

Crossposted from Greg van Eekhout. You can comment here or there.


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Jun. 29th, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
Wooooooot!!! That is FANTASTIC news! Congratulations!
Jun. 29th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm much chuffed!
Jun. 29th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
SO GOOD. Your book will be made widely known and available to readers, and this is an excellent thing for everyone!
Jun. 29th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
I love that, for some kids, they don't have to go to a bookstore or login somewhere to buy my book.
Jun. 29th, 2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Lucky kids.
Jun. 29th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I feel a bit like the luckiest kid.
Jun. 29th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
When I was in grade school, getting that Scholastic catalog was always like the best thing ever.

This is so true. It was like Christmas and birthdays and books all rolled into one.

Congratulations - this is so awesome.
Jun. 29th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Oh, the Mad Libs I bought through Scholastic ...
Jun. 29th, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
CONGRATS! Pouring over the Scholastic catalog and circling everything I wanted was one of the highlights of my childhood. My first books on dinosaurs and volcanoes were from Scholastic, and I still have them (because I love dinosaurs and volcanoes as much as books). So yeah, this is AWESOME!
Jun. 29th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! For me it was the stuff I mentioned in the post, plus dinosaurs and any kind of natural disaster. I bet I'd recognize some stuff on your bookshelves. :-)
Jun. 29th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
Congrats, that's awesome!

When I was in grade school, getting that Scholastic catalog was always like the best thing ever.

This was my same experience. I bought a ton of books from them, everything they had that looked like ghost stories or SF or fantasy. The only thing better than book ordering day was book order arrival day.
Jun. 29th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Scholastic book order arrival day was even better than pizza-in-the-cafeteria day!
Jun. 30th, 2012 12:37 am (UTC)
Yeeehaw!!! Your fanbase is about to EXPLODE!

Well, not literally explode, I hope. Explode as in GET HUGE REALLY FAST. Which is awesome and long overdue. Congrats again!!!
Jun. 30th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
Thank you!

A literally exploding fanbase would actually be pretty funny at signings. Or horrifying. Both, really ...
Jun. 30th, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
LB always comes home with many things he wants from the catalog, we usually have to make him pick and choose rather than get everything he wants. It's always a struggle for me because I want him to want books, but I also don't want to break the bank. We think it's pretty cool that one of your books will appear in their catalog.
Jun. 30th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
I hope they price the book low enough that any kid who wants one can get one, but there's probably not a price low enough for some kids. All of a sudden I want to be rich and buy thousands of copies and give them away. Which is totally not a good business model. But if I were rich enough to buy thousands of copies, then I guess I wouldn't need to worry about my business model ... Oh, this stuff is hard!
Jun. 30th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
Jun. 30th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
Thank you!!
Jun. 30th, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)

I always wanted to order out of the Scholastic catalog but never got to. I'm doubly annoyed about this now! /childhood trauma
Jun. 30th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
Suddenly I want to buy you old copies of Dynamite Magazine.
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