This news from Scholastic is interesting.
Scholastic announced today that it was going back to press for 100,000 copies of its new breakaway best-seller,Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke, bringing the total to 250,000 copies in print. Scholastic released Dragon Rider in mid-August with an initial print run of
... A best-selling author in Germany, Cornelia Funke made her American debut
in the fall of 2002 with The Thief Lord and became one of the most successful
first-time children's authors in the United States.
Cornelia Funke recently announced a deal with New Line Cinema who will develop her Inkheart trilogy as a potential kid's fantasy franchise. In a Variety article, New Line executive Vice President Mark Ordesky said, "It's the perfect segue from 'Lord of the Rings' to 'Inkheart.' Apart from Cornelia's huge status within Europe, her international popularity is only just beginning to crest."
I liked The Thief Lord but I loved Inkheart. There are so many wonderful allusions it is a perfect book for book lovers. Funke will be doing a web chat Tuesday, October 5 at 1 p.m. ET (12:00 noon CT) at: http://www.scholastic.com/dragonrider/index_flash.htm