International publishers have announced that a Young Adult adaptation of Dan Brown’s best-selling book The Da Vinci Code will be released this fall. The original novel was published in 2003 and sold over 82 million copies worldwide. This adaptation will retain the original plot, but feature an abridged version of the story that is geared toward readers aged 13+.
Dan Brown said, “It is my sincere hope that this adaptation of The Da Vinci Code sparks in young adults the same thrill of discovery that I feel while exploring hidden history and the mysteries of the world we live in. My parents were educators, and so it’s no surprise that I have a fascination with history and research. In fact, if I weren’t an author, I’m sure I would be a teacher myself.”
Shannon Cullen, publishing director of Penguin Random House Children’s UK, added “The Da Vinci Code is a thrilling, page-turning adventure that we know older teenagers are already reading. We’re pleased that our abridged edition is going to enable more young adults to enjoy Dan Brown’s international bestseller, which is packed with fascinating historical content and a clever code-breaking mystery.”
The book will be available in the US on September 13th (Random House U.S.) and in the UK (Penguin Random House UK) & the Netherlands (Luitingh Sijthoff) on September 8th. The U.S. edition will be released alongside an audio edition from Listening Library, which is slated to hit shelves shortly before the October 28 theatrical release of the movie, Inferno.