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You guys probably all know that I have two children, Thing 1 & Thing 2 —they’re seven and eight at the moment, but I’m guessing that will change. Anyway, the Things are quite enthusiastic about me being a writer. They follow all book conversations between Lover and I with interest. They know all of the characters’ names and the rough plot lines.

Of course, they’re not allowed to read any of them until they’re, like, 30.

I have a nephew around that age as well, and he always begs for copies of my books. He has all of them! . . . in Lithuanian. And Italian. And Japanese. He can have English copies of them when he’s, like, 30.

So, I’d been contemplating writing a middle grade book for them, but timing was never right, and the idea of trying to write a book without gore, swearing, or extreme nookie just seemed daunting. So when Scholastic asked me if I’d like to be part of a new middle grade project, I consulted the Things, and cheerfully said YES.

Here are the details (full story at Publishers Weekly):

Basically, it’s a multi-platform series like 39 Clues and The Infinity Ring. We write the stories; a computer game springs up in response to those stories, and off we go. It’s for ages 8-12, so rather younger than my usual audience, but I reckon folks will definitely be able to see the Maggieness in mine. As I wrote the outline for it, I realized that I can’t really turn off the Maggieness even if I wanted to. I did at least remove the swearing, gore, and extreme nookie aspects.

Things 1 & 2 are so pleased.

Anyway, have a logo.

P.S. I know people will ask. I’m still working on the third faerie book. I am doing serious edits as I wasn’t completely happy with my previous draft. Scholastic drums their fingers mildly. It is all me, the hold up. I’m sorry. Spring 2014 looks like the date for it at the moment.

  • http://www.ya-amynotsoepic.blogspot.com/ A.M.Y-A

    I screamed. I am so excited by anything of yours and know the third homicidal faerie book with be that much more worth the wait. Plus, as a bookseller this definitely gives me the chance to introduce kids to you earlier (and tell their parents that they can’t read anything else by you until they’re, like, 30).

    • http://www.maggiestiefvater.com Maggie Stiefvater

      Ah, thank you!! And haha, thanks for the warning to children.

  • Toni

    Oooh, my 9 year old will be ecstatic since she sat with me at National Book Festival and loved listening to you talk. Can’t wait to read.

    • http://www.maggiestiefvater.com Maggie Stiefvater

      This is brilliant to hear. Moms are always bringing their young ones to book signings, and they’re so excited, and I’ve always wished I had something they could read. The entire thing is just very pleasing to me!

      • http://twitter.com/ArgyleFetish Jeska

        Now you just need to stretch out of your age range a bit more, and do a picture book for the littlest Things (like mine).

  • http://www.amberlough.com Amber Lough

    Congrats! I think it’ll be super fun for you, writing the MG, and to be able to see your kids reading your book…it’s like extra credit points.

    • http://www.maggiestiefvater.com Maggie Stiefvater

      It does rather feel like BONUS ROUND! THE KID VERSION!

  • Jami

    Hee! Sounds awesome!!
    (And I would always rather a book gets delayed and is right than an on time, rushed, bad job of it. <3)

    • http://www.maggiestiefvater.com Maggie Stiefvater

      I have to admit, I feel rather lucky that I have the option of taking my time with it.

  • http://www.alexalovesbooks.com Alexa Y.

    Even though I’m slightly older than the target age group, I’ve loved The 39 Clues + The Infinity Ring. I thought they were very entertaining, and they are definitely series I would share with younger readers! I’m so excited that you’re going to be part of a similar venture – and even more excited by that logo. Congratulations!

  • http://twitter.com/jvpoore Judy Poore

    Outstanding news!

    My son (almost 8) is going to be thrilled that he can finally read one of your books, without waiting until he is “30″.

    Actually, I’ve given my 14 year old niece all of your books—she is undoubtedly your biggest fan in WV—and her younger sister and my boy are very, very jealous!

  • Noella

    I’ve loved middle grade fiction since I was, well middle grade I guess. I don’t read as much as I used to, but this is still super exciting! I will delight in reading them myself, since I have no little ones around.

    Also super exciting to hear about the third faerie book! I suppose the editing process can’t be as drastic as what happened with Forever…

  • Anonymous

    Very cool!
    Can’t wait to hand one of your books to my tweeners (10 yo girls.) I was just looking up spirit animals yesterday. Mine is a hawk, which is cool, because they are abundant in my backyard.
    Excited to see this happening. :)

  • Shannon Nguyen

    This is super great news for us fans. My children are avid readers at 9 and 7, so I’m certain my oldest will be diving into your middle grades books! I’ve always wanted to tell you that The Scorpio Races is my favorite, favorite of yours. I’ve read it three times already. I just adore the characters, the island, the horses, the magic…so thank you thank you for writing that.

  • Veronica

    That is really exciting! Now I can feel free to share your books with my cousins (with the caveat that they cannot read the rest of your books until they’re, like, 30). I am sad to note that every time your name is mentioned, they add that you are the author of the Scorpio Races, Raven Cycle, and Shiver trilogy, but they rarely mention the Books of Faerie. The Books of Faerie are by far some of my favorite books and I really wish more people knew about them. I am very excited for Requiem and will gladly wait for you to make it into the book you want it to be. The more Maggieness in the book, the better it is!

  • http://allthejenn.blogspot.com Jenn

    So maybe I’m a horrible person, but when I have children, as I was reading your books in my senior year of high school, they will be allowed to read them as juniors/seniors in high school.

    Please, take your time with the third book of Faerie – I want it, but I’d rather have the perfect version than have it faster. There is no substitute for taking time and getting it right in the first place.

    I’m not gonna lie, I will definitely read your middle school books. Even though I am 21. I have no shame…and a Kindle so nobody has to know but me and Amazon.com.

    • http://www.maggiestiefvater.com Maggie Stiefvater

      Haha, I read everything, too, and have no shame whatsoever about it.

      And I was reading Michael Crichton when I was 11, but I think all 11 year olds are quite different too. So it’s possible they might get them before 30. We’ll see.

      • User

        I too s reading Crichton at 11…and Stephen King as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracy.eisenbeiszwangle Tracy Eisenbeisz Wangle

    Yay! Now I can hook my 11 year old on Maggie books, just like her big sisters! That was a great idea!

  • http://twitter.com/DyadicEchoes M. Andrew Patterson

    Oh very cool! My children will love this! Thing 1 is 11 and Thing 2 is 7. :D Can’t wait to see what you come up with. And why would you want to turn off the Maggieness? It’s what makes you, you!

  • Heather H.

    Yay! I can introduce my 8 Year old to the greatness of you!

  • http://oddessence.livejournal.com Anya

    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Super excited about the third installment of the Faerie series (is it still called Requiem?)!! Ballad and Lament were the first two of your books that I read, and got hooked. :) I’m excited about introducing younger readers to the magic headspace of one Maggie Stiefvater! I am, however, concerned if this means that the second Raven Boys novel will be pushed back to 2015?

    • http://www.maggiestiefvater.com Maggie Stiefvater

      Nope, it’s still on schedule for this fall!

  • MelanieL

    That’s exciting news! My daughter and I love your other books and now my younger kidlets will be able to read some Maggieness! YAY!

  • Stephanie

    “Thing 1 & Thing 2 —they’re seven and eight at the moment, but I’m guessing that will change.”

    Oh yes, it will change and sooner than you think. My just-turned 11 year-old looks me in the eye, as does his 12.5 y/o brother. Two to three more inches and they’re taller than me. Thankfully, I have two younger things who are 9 and 7.

    All of them will be excited for you books. I know I am. And I probably won’t make them wait till they’re 30 for the other books. I’m a rebel like that.

  • https://www.google.com/profiles/113771179144299432086 Anna Serra i Vidal

    So want to read it NOW! I’d love to share one of your stories with younger daughter, though I’d also love to share with her some of the others :)

  • Brittney

    Hi Meggie,
    I just, (just today) finished the Shiver series and I just saw the video that you posted about silly teens thinking that Grace and Sam have to have babies for it to be a happy ending. xD I laughed.
    But I really loved your series, they were wonderful books to sit down and read. Cole was my favorite character.
    Thanks for writing a great series,
    Brittney

  • Mary MilTon

    Yippee!!! My children are 9 and 11 and they both want to read your books so badly! All 3 of us loved The 39 Clues, so to have something similar but by MAGGIE is soooo exciting to us! I’m particular, too, and I think 30 is about right for a lot of YA reading. Ha! Thank you for all the enjoyment I’ve gotten from your books and your spot-on recommendations.

  • Chi

    Thanks for answering the question. 2014. I am honestly heartbroken, but I can wait. If Luke can live out thousands of years of torture, I can definitely wait another year. At least, I now have something to look forward to in my junior year.
    I also requested the audio book version of Raven Boys from my library, so I’m looking forward to that. I’m going to play it on the TV all weekend (hopefully it arrives tomorrow). I hope my siblings stick around and listen to it and like it. =) Closest thing to a movie right now.
    2013: Raven Boys #2, New Multi-Platform Series
    2014: Requiem/So Sing The Dead/whatever it’ll be called

  • Ananya

    TIME TO INTRODUCE THE LITTLE SISTER TO MAGGIE!!! Yay, so excited. :) :) :) Can’t wait for the next homicidal faerie book, either…:)

  • Bronte

    Lucky kids! Just wanted to say thank you for sharing your awesome literature with the world, the Shiver Series has to be one of my favorite series, Sam and Grace, her relationship with her parents, Isabel and Cole (and his awesome messed up personality). Awesome. You’ve inspired me so much, and Sam and Grace’s love has made me believe in true love, of a realistic sort. Thank you.

  • http://miriamjoywrites.com Miriam Joy

    *sets a timer for Spring 2014*
    *waits* Hmm, this is taking too long.
    *hops into the TARDIS* See you in 2014, guys!

    ;)

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Maggie Stiefvater
Hi, I'm Maggie Stiefvater

Professional novelist by day and artist by night. I live an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with my charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, and neurotic dogs. I’m the author of the Books of Faerie (LAMENT and BALLAD); the bestselling SHIVER trilogy (SHIVER, LINGER, FOREVER), and THE SCORPIO RACES.

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