It was nearly a year ago when I posted about the re-launch of the Baby-Sitters Club, and now we can anticipate another major re-launch.
Drumroll, please . . .
In May 2011, Scholastic will re-launch K.A. Applegate’s Animorphs series, starting with The Invasion.
In a press release from Scholastic, Applegate made a statement about the popularity of her books:
Animorphs had far more impact on readers than I ever expected. Animorphs fan sites and works of fan fiction number in the thousands even today. Every library I visit has the old tattered copies, some now barely held together with glue and tape. So I’m very excited at the chance to retire those dog-eared old books, to ratify the enduring faith of the die-hard fans, and most of all, to reach a whole new generation of readers. The invasion is on, the Yeerks are everywhere, and the only ones who can stop them are the small band of kids with the power to become any living creature: the Animorphs are back.
I was in the fourth grade when Animorphs came out, and though I was never a huge fan myself*, I certainly had plenty of friends who were crazy about the sci-fi series. Today, there are more than 35 million of the series and its spinoffs in print.
Does this news bring back memories? Will you pick up the re-launched books, which include new covers that actually morph?
*What can I say? I was more of a Dear America fan. That series also started in 1996, and Scholastic relaunched it in September of this year.