NEW YORK, NY (11/22/2019) – On the heels of the release of DIARY, the fourth book in author Svetlana Chmakova’s bestselling BERRYBROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL series, JY announced today the forthcoming publication of THE WEIRN BOOKS, a new middle grade graphic novel series debuting in Summer 2020.
THE WEIRN BOOKS launches as a three-book deal reintroducing the fantastical world Chmakova created in her acclaimed NIGHTSCHOOL series, published by Yen Press, featuring a new town (which readers will already have gotten a glimpse of in the pages of DIARY) and an all-new cast of characters for younger readers. In the Night Realm, shifters, vampires, weirns, and other night things passing for human may prowl the streets, but school is still in session—and you still have to do your homework! With a touch of the supernatural, THE WEIRN BOOKS has been a passion project for the author for a number of years, and she is excited to bring this world to life in the signature style she developed in AWKWARD, BRAVE, and the rest of the BERRYBROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL series.
And lest eager fans fear they have seen the last of their beloved Berrybrook Middle School, Chmakova has signed another three-book commitment to the series, beginning with its “E” installment—the title to be unveiled at a later date—slated for publication in 2021.
Creator Svetlana Chmakova is an internationally published, award-winning manga and comics author with more than 10 published books translated in over 13 languages. Born and raised in Russia, she moved to Canada at sixteen, where she subsequently received a Classical Animation diploma from Sheridan College. Her full-length manga and comics series include the fan-favorite romantic comedy DRAMACON, the award-winning urban fantasy NIGHTSCHOOL: THE WEIRN BOOKS, the manga adaptation of The New York Times bestselling WITCH & WIZARD by James Patterson, and the acclaimed BERRYBROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL series, for which she has been nominated for two Eisner Awards.
JY, the middle grade graphic novel division of Yen Press, LLC, was established in the fall of 2017. This imprint is a sign of the Yen Press commitment to actively grow the catalog of quality content targeting middle grade audiences while making that content easily identifiable for parents, booksellers, librarians, and educators. For more information, visit www.jyforkids.com.
About Yen Press, LLC
Yen Press, LLC is a joint venture between Kadokawa Corporation and Hachette Book Group, dedicated to publishing manga and graphic novels for adults and young readers. Founded in 2006, Yen Press has quickly risen to become one of the largest and most prolific publishers of manga and original graphic novels in the North American marketplace and has become a driving force in the introduction of light novels to new readers through its Yen On imprint. For more information, visit www.yenpress.com.