Mockingjay Tops All National Bestseller Lists with Sales of More Than 450,000 Copies in its First Week of Publication
Scholastic Goes Back to Press for an Additional 400,000 Copies
New York, NY (September 2, 2010) — Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, announced today that Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, sold more than 450,000 copies (hardcover and eBook) in its first week on sale in the U.S., debuting at #1 on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists. In addition, Scholastic announced that it has gone back to press for an additional 400,000 copies, bringing the total number of copies in print for Mockingjay in the U.S. to 1.6 million since its publication on August 24, 2010.
“After months of anticipation, sales for Mockingjay have exceeded all expectations, as has the outpouring from countless teen and adult fans of the trilogy who have been blogging, tweeting, and coming out to meet Suzanne Collins on the first leg of her North American tour,” said Ellie Berger, President of the Scholastic Trade Publishing division.
First published in September 2008, The Hunger Games was an instant bestseller, appealing to both teen readers and adults. It has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 100 consecutive weeks since publication, and there are more than 6 million copies of all books in the trilogy in print in the U.S. to date (more than 2.6 million copies of The Hunger Games since September 2008 and more than 1.8 million copies of its sequel Catching Fire in one year since its September 2009 publication).
On August 24, 2010, Suzanne Collins, who was named among the 2010 TIME 100 Most Influential People, began a twelve-market North American tour to promote the release of Mockingjay . Her first bookstore tour since September 2008, Collins has already visited bookstores in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Later this month, she will continue the tour in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC, and in October she will travel to Chicago, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. The tour will conclude in November 2010 with visits to bookstores in Northern California, Seattle, and Vancouver.
The Hunger Games (September 2008), the first book in this futuristic trilogy for ages 12 to adult, was called “addictive” by Stephen King in a review in Entertainment Weekly and “amazing” by Stephenie Meyer on her website, capturing the imagination of critics and readers alike. The Hunger Games was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2008, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2008, a 2008 Booklist Editors’ Choice, a Kirkus Best Book of 2008, and a 2008 Horn Book Fanfare Book.
Catching Fire, the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy, was published September 1, 2009. It debuted at #1 on the USA Today bestseller list its first week on sale and simultaneously appeared at #1 on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Since the publication of Catching Fire, it has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list (Children’s Chapter Books) for more than 50 consecutive weeks to date (through September 5, 2010). In addition, Catching Fire has been named a Time Magazine Top 10 Fiction Book of 2009, a People Magazine Best Book of 2009, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, a Booklist Editors’ Choice, and a Kirkus Best Young Adult Book of 2009.
Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, was published August 24, 2010. It debuted at #1 on the USA Today bestseller list its first week on sale and simultaneously appeared at #1 on the New York Times list. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly raves, “This concluding volume in Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy accomplishes a rare feat, the last installment being the best yet, a beautifully orchestrated and intelligent novel that succeeds on every level.” The Los Angeles Times writes, “[Mockingjay] is nearly as shocking, and certainly every bit as original and thought provoking, as The Hunger Games. Wow.” And USA Today adds, “Suspenseful... Collins’ fans, grown-ups included, will race to the end.”
Foreign publishing rights for The Hunger Games trilogy have been sold into 40 territories to date. Film rights for The Hunger Games have been optioned by Lionsgate, with Nina Jacobson's Color Force production company producing the film. The screenplay was written by Suzanne Collins and revised by screenwriter Billy Ray (24, Flightplan, Shattered Glass). Lionsgate and Color Force are currently meeting with directors, and production is targeted for early 2011.
More About The Hunger Games
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the death on live TV. One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor to his or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capitol wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rules. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her impoverished district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to death before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. Acclaimed writer Suzanne Collins delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. For more information about The Hunger Games trilogy and to download digital images, visit http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/hungergames.
About Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Collins made her mark in children’s literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers The Underland Chronicles, which has received numerous accolades in both the United States and abroad. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.
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The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins
Scholastic Press • Ages 12 & up • September 2008
ISBN: 978-0-439-02348-1 • $17.99 U.S. (Hardcover)
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Mockingjay By Suzanne Collins
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ISBN: 978-0-545-10142-4 • $39.95 U.S. (Audio)
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