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Kiki's Delivery Service Original Book Release Details

Date: 2019 October 30 20:58

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The wait is finally over. The original book of Kiki's Delivery Service is getting a new English language release. It's due out in the US on Tuesday 7th July 2020 from Delacorte Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Penguin Random House).

Japanese translator Emily Balistrieri revealed the news on Twitter. She is responsible for the new translation of the book.

The novel by Eiko Kadono was the original source for Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli Film of the same name. Although Miyazaki's film adaptation has been hugely successful in the west, an English language version of the book has been out of print for some time. It was last released in 2003 and the old editions have gone for £70 and up. Now you'll be able to get a more affordable hardcover instead. The publishers have put a suggest reading age of 10 and up, so it's sure to be enjoyed by fans of the movie keen to read to the original source of inspiration.

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Details as follows:

Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service
By Eiko Kadono

Hardcover: Jul 07, 2020 | ISBN 9781984896667 | Middle Grade (10 and up)

Ebook: Jul 07, 2020 | ISBN 9781984896674 | Middle Grade (10 and up)

Audiobook: Jul 07, 2020 | 240 Minutes | Middle Grade (8-12)

About Kiki's Delivery Service

Nostalgic fans of the Miyazaki film and newcomers alike-soar into the modern classic about a young witch and her clever cat that started it all!

Half-witch Kiki never runs from a challenge. So when her thirteenth birthday arrives, she's eager to follow a witch's tradition: choose a new town to call home for one year.

Brimming with confidence, Kiki flies to the seaside village of Koriko and expects that her powers will easily bring happiness to the townspeople. But gaining the trust of the locals is trickier than she expected. With her faithful, wise-cracking black cat, Jiji, by her side, Kiki forges new friendships and builds her inner strength, ultimately realizing that magic can be found in even the most ordinary places.

Blending fantasy with the charm of everyday life, this enchanting new translation will inspire both new readers and dedicated fans.

About Eiko Kadono

Eiko Kadono has published nearly two hundred original works and received many accolades, including but not limited to the Hans Christian Andersen Award and a place on the IBBY Honor List for Kiki's Delivery Service. She lives in the Kanagawa prefecture of Japan.

Hardcover | $16.99
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Jul 07, 2020 | 208 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 | Middle Grade (10 and up) | ISBN 9781984896667

Ebook | $9.99
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Jul 07, 2020 | 208 Pages | Middle Grade (10 and up) | ISBN 9781984896674

Audiobook Download | $15.00
Published by Listening Library (Audio)
Jul 07, 2020 | 240 Minutes | Middle Grade (8-12) | ISBN 9780593208205

Source: Penguin Random House
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