Timed for the Comic Con in San Diego, even though it’s no more of a movie show than anything else, Abrams announced the title and cover of Jeff Kinney’s next book, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS. They will print 3 million copies for the October 12 laydown. Kinney says, “It takes Greg out of the school setting for the first time. It’s been a lot of fun to write about the Heffley summer vacation.” Abrams says they have over 20 million Wimpy Kid books in print in the US.
Scholastic announced the acquisition of more graphic novels in the BONE series from Jeff Smith at the show, as well as an “expansion of the BONE world,” the Quest for the Spark Trilogy, with publication starting in fall 2010. The publisher says they have more than 4.5 million Bone books in print.
Away from the Con, Simon Pulse announced today a fall release of THE SECRET TO TEEN POWER, a version of Rhonda Byrne’s bestselling The Secret for teen readers by Paul Harrington, producer of The Secret film. They say the will print 500,000 copies for a September 15 laydown, and S&S will release the book in the UK, Canada, and Australia as well, along with a Spanish-language edition for the US market and French edition for the Canadian market.