Garth Nix will write The Seventh Tower, a new children's fantasy series for Scholastic and Lucasfilm. Nix is to write the first six books in the series, and will create the overall story and characters. He has completed the first two books in the series, and the first, The Fall, will be published in June 2000.
Garth Nix to Write Fantasy Series for Scholastic and Lucasfilm
SCHOLASTIC AND LUCASFILM JOIN FORCES TO CREATE A NEW BOOK SERIES FOR YOUNG READERS
THE SEVENTH TOWER WILL BE LAUNCHED ON JUNE 5, 2000
This summer, two leaders, one in the area of children's publishing and the other in the area of fantasy and filmmaking, will combine forces to launch The Seventh Tower, a new children's book series. Scholastic, the publisher of Harry Potter and Animorphs, and Lucasfilm, the creators of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, will publish The Seventh Tower, a fantasy series under a newly-created LucasBooks imprint. The Seventh Tower, written by Garth Nix, with the first title, The Fall (Scholastic; June 2000; $4.99; Ages 8-12) will be on sale in stores on June 5, 2000. A second book will follow in September with additional titles to follow every three months thereafter.
"I'm pleased that LucasBooks, in collaboration with Scholastic, is expanding into an exciting new realm of fantasy with The Seventh Tower," said George Lucas. "I've always believed that reading encourages children of all ages to use their imagination, and I hope that the adventure that unfolds in The Seventh Tower series will take readers on a new journey of the mind."
"We are thrilled to join LucasBooks in this venture," said Barbara Marcus, president of Scholastic Books. "Lucasfilms' extraordinary ability to create new worlds, combined with Scholastic's established expertise in publishing new successful series in the children's market, make this partnership an exciting venture."
The Seventh Tower is a tale of a mountaintop fortress where light is the ultimate commodity and isolation from the outside world is complete. One day, Tal, the main character, tries to steal a precious sunstone, the only way of assuring his family's position among the Chosen people of The Seventh Tower. His desperate attempt fails, and Tal falls from the castle'straight into the unknown.
Garth Nix is an acclaimed writer for children and young adults. His novel Sabriel was an ALA Notable Book. Shade's Children, was named a 1998 Best Book for Young Adults (ALA) and a "Pick of the Lists" (ABA). A resident of Australia, he was the winner of the Aurealis Award for Excellence in Australian Science Fiction. The Seventh Tower is Garth Nix's first book series.
To launch the series, Scholastic and LucasBooks have developed a comprehensive marketing campaign including a distinctive web site, www.seventhtower.com, launching in April, a national advertising campaign, one million special Seventh Tower teaser booklets to be distributed directly to children, a toll free number, 1-800-938-1914, will be established for readers to hear more information about The Seventh Tower.
LucasBooks is the publishing imprint of Lucasfilm Ltd. Drawing upon Lucasfilm's rich creative culture, LucasBooks appeals to readers of all ages with books, comics, and magazines based on perennials such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones as well as newly developed fiction and non-fiction material.
Lucasfilm Ltd. is one of the leading film and entertainment companies in the world. Lucasfilm's businesses include George Lucas' film and television production and distribution activities as well as the business activities of the THX Group. Lucasfilm's feature films have won 17 Oscars and received 56 Academy Award nominations, and its television projects have won 12 Emmy Awards.
Scholastic Corporation is a global children's publishing and media company with a reputation for quality education and fun. Building long-term relationships with teachers, parents and children since 1920, Scholastic has the unique ability to understand what kids want and need. The Company's innovative educational materials - children's books, textbooks, professional materials, magazines and technology - give Scholastic a strong position in schools. Through its unparalleled school-based distribution - book clubs and fairs, where Scholastic is the world leader - kids purchase books and software to use at home. The Company's magazines, software, television programming, retail and direct-to-home sales further strengthen Scholastic's presence in the home. Internationally, Scholastic operates wholly-owned companies in Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Hong Kong and India.