Scholastic Announces New Series by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted on February 15, 2012

The Raven Boys

Scholastic has announced it will publish a new series, The Raven Cycle, by author Maggie Stiefvater. Stiefvater's Shriver trilogy has over 1.7 million books in print. The new series will begin with The Raven Boys on September 12, 2012.

The Raven Boys introduces readers to Richard "Dick" Campbell Gansey, III and Blue Sargent. Gansey has it all - family money, good looks, devoted friends - but he's looking for much more than that. He is on the hunt to find Glendower, a vanished Welsh king. Legend has it that the first person to find Glendower will be granted a wish - either by seeing him open his eyes, or by cutting out his heart. Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die, but she is too practical too believe in true love. Blue's policy is to stay away from the rich boys - known as the Raven Boys - at the prestigious Aglionby Academy as they can only cause trouble. When Gansey and his Raven Boy friends come into her life, Blue realizes how true this is. She never thought her fortune would be a problem. But now she's not so sure.

Maggie Stiefvater says, "I grew up on a diet of exceptional fantasy series for children - The Dark Is Rising, The Black Cauldron, A Wrinkle in Time, The Chronicles of Narnia - and I've always wanted to write one of those sprawling epic sagas built from intimate moments. I sat on a draft of The Raven Boys for a decade, but it wasn't until I had the tools I learned from writing the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races that I knew how to do it."

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