According to this Friday’s edition of The Bookseller, Blood Fever, the latest Young Bond novel by Charlie Higson, is officially the UK’s #1 bestselling children’s book for the week ending 14th January, knocking The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe off the top spot.
Blood Fever tops the first Young Bond novel, SilverFin, which climbed as high as #8 on the same chart on its way to selling over 500,000 copies worldwide.
After only two weeks in release, Blood Fever is already in its second printing. In-store merchandise incentives, such as a rare set of Young Bond collectors cards and a Young Bond pin, have helped boost sales. In addition, Blood Fever was chosen by Nicolette Jones as the Sunday Times Children’s Book of the week.
Blood Fever sees young James Bond traveling to Sardinia during his school break where he becomes embroiled in a plot involving art theft, smuggling, pirates, and a mad Italian count bent on restoring the Holy Roman Empire.
Blood Fever will be released as a hardcover in the U.S. in June. Puffin Books will the third entry in the Young Bond series in January 2007. Click here for the first details of this yet-to-be-titled book.