Marvel Partners With Scholastic For New Middle Grade Prose Novels

by James Ferguson

As the parent of a six year old who is reading everything he can get his hands on, particularly super hero stuff, I’m excited to see that Marvel has teamed up with Scholastic to create new original stories for younger readers. The multi-year deal kicks off in May 2020 with a Shuri prose novel written by Nic Stone and will be followed by Avengers Assembly by Preeti Chhibber.

Sven Larsen, Director, Licensed Publishing, Marvel says:

Marvel is always looking for best-in-class partners to develop new and exciting ways to experience the Marvel Universe, and Scholastic is the perfect partner to do this. We couldn’t be more thrilled. As two brands dedicated to storytelling for every kind of reader and fan, the combined strength of this collaboration will be truly one of a kind – with a super power to bring together the next generation of fans through the joy of reading and Marvel.

This is a big deal as Scholastic has such a strong tie to kids and schools all over the world. I still have fond memories of flipping through the flyer for the Scholastic book fair and picking out a bunch of stuff to read.

Sana Amanat, Vice President of Content & Character Development, Marvel added:

Marvel’s characters mean so much to our fans because they inspire us to embrace our individual power. As the first title we’re launching with Scholastic, Shuri is the perfect character to highlight this message. She may be a Wakandan princess, but what makes Shuri the ultimate hero is her unique sense of intelligence, responsibility and determination, ideals that resonate with all of us.

More details about this new partnership will be released in the coming weeks. I am curious if comics (either collections of existing material or new original tales) will be included in this or if it’s only going to be prose.

Debra Dorfman, Vice President and Publisher, Global Licensing, Brands and Media, Scholastic says:

The Marvel Universe is vast, inclusive and iconic with a great range of multi-faceted characters, and Scholastic and Marvel share a commitment to bringing diverse characters to life. Shuri, Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales, Squirrel Girl, etc. are all “ordinary” characters with extraordinary powers – and there are a lot of stories to be told!

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