As you all know, I wrote a book called Life As We Knew It. Harcourt published in about a year ago.
Marion Lloyd Books, a subdivision of UK Scholastic, also published Life As We Knew It.
But a different cover design was originally considered by Marion Lloyd Books and ultimately rejected.
My good fortune with LAWKI continued, as US Scholastic also decided to purchase the rights for its bookfairs and bookclubs.
The other day I received an e-mail from a school librarian in Missouri, who had been kind enough to e-mail me previously to say how much she and her students had enjoyed Life As We Knew It. But this time she was very upset. She had just gotten books from Scholastic for a bookfair and this is what the newest version of LAWKI looked like.
No boy will ever read a book with that cover! she declared.
Of course she was right. Now I was very upset.
I forwarded her e-mail to my agent and my editor. They agreed she was right. Now they were very upset.
Harcourt e-mailed Scholastic. Why did you use this cover, they asked, and not one of the other two?
Oh dear, Scholastic e-mailed back. Just a misunderstanding. Next printing, we'll change the cover to this or this:
So I recommend you all run to your nearest Scholastic bookfair and buy multiple copies of Life As We Knew It with this cover. They're guaranteed to be collector's items, and the sooner that printing sells out, the sooner Scholastic will publish one with a cover boys won't reject!