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Penguin: Adult Hardcover & Trade Paperback Summer 2019

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Sword and Pen
By (author): Rachel Caine
9780451489241 Hardcover English Young Adult : Age (years) from 14, Grade (US) from 9 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / General Sep 03, 2019
$23.99 CAD
Active 5.78 x 8.52 x 1.18 in 368 pages Berkley
With the future of the Great Library in doubt, the unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone must decide if it’s worth saving in this thrilling adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.

The corrupt leadership of the Great Library has fallen. But with the Archivist plotting his return to power, and the Library under siege from outside empires and kingdoms, its future is uncertain. Jess Brightwell and his friends must come together as never before, to forge a new future for the Great Library…or see everything it stood for crumble.

Story Locale: Alternate Alexandria

Series Overview: New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES: Paper and Fire debuted at #5 on the New York Times Young Adult hardcover bestseller list

FIFTH IN THE GREAT LIBRARY SERIES: A heart-pounding alternate history set in a world where book ownership is forbidden, filled with excitement, romance, and magic

A BOOK FOR READERS EVERYWHERE: This is a book whose story revolves around books and libraries—something that’s very appealing to readers who love book-based fantasies such as Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart and Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief

NOTED LIBRARY AND CHILDREN’S LITERATURE ASSOCIATIONS ARE HONORING INK AND BONE: The first book in the series was named to the 2016 Lone Star Reading List by the Texas Library Association, was nominated for the 2017 YA Beehive Award by the Children’s Literature Association of Utah, and was selected for the 2017-2018 Oregon Battle of the Books reading list

CROSSOVER YA: With its combination of adventure and romance, this will appeal equally to teens and adults who like YA, and the focus on a library intrigues librarians and teachers

STRONG SELF-PROMOTER: Rachel Caine receives great reviews, is an active self-promoter with a fantastic website, and loves to engage with her fans

INCREASED PROFILE: Rachel Caine also writes adult suspense novels for Thomas & Mercer and her most recent adult suspense, Killman Creek, debuted at #1 on the Wall Street Journal’s e-book bestseller list

COORDINATED PUBLICATION: The newest installment in the series will be published one month after the trade paperback of Smoke and Iron

Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including the Great Library series, Prince of Shadows, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the Morganville Vampires series.

Author Residence: Dallas / Fort Worth, TX

Marketing: Online advertising campaign

Promotion at conventions

E-mail marketing campaign

ARC distribution and giveaways

Early reader review campaign

Social media campaign

Consumer sweepstakes

Library marketing campaign

Discussion guide available online

Feature on First to Read

Backlist promotions

Publicity: Select author appearances

National print publicity

Online publicity campaign

Author blog tour

Cover reveal

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Author Social Media:; Twitter @rachelcaine

Praise for The Great Library series

“A magical new series that will leave readers begging for more.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness

“Dark, riveting, heart-in-the-throat storytelling, with characters who caught me up and hold me even now.”—New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce

Ocean’s Eleven meets The Hunger Games, with Logan’s Run and The DaVinci Code thrown in for good measure.”—Kings River Life Magazine

“Made me weep, clench my fists in anger, and gape in amazement…an engaging ride from beginning to end.”—Caffeinated Book Reviewer

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