Young adult edition to release in the UK on September 8 and in the US on September 13, 2016

New York and London (May 18, 2016)—The Random House US and Penguin Random House UK children’s divisions of Penguin Random House will jointly publish a young adult adaptation of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Codethis fall. The acquisition was announced today by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher of Random House Children’s Books (US), and Francesca Dow, Managing Director, Penguin Random House Children’s UK, who obtained World English rights from Heide Lange of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.

In the US, the Delacorte Press imprint of Random House Children’s Books will release The Da Vinci Code (Young Adult Adaptation) in hardcover and ebook on September 13, 2016. In the UK, the Penguin imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s will release The Da Vinci Code (Abridged) in paperback and ebook on September 8, 2016. Beverly Horowitz, SVP & Publisher, Delacorte Press, and Shannon Cullen, Publishing Director, Penguin Random House Children’s UK are overseeing the editorial process.

“My parents were educators, and so it’s no surprise that I have a fascination with history and research,” says Brown. “In fact, if I weren’t an author, I’m sure I would be a teacher myself. 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.” 

Since its publication in 2003, The Da Vinci Code has become a global publishing success story, selling 82 million copies worldwide. The young adult adaptations will have new cover designs and will introduce a new generation of readers to Dan Brown’s well-known characters, among them professor and famed symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptographer Sophie Neveu. Abridged in length while maintaining Brown’s original plot that was hailed by the New York Times as “blockbuster perfection,” readers will experience the thrilling, lightning-paced journey from Paris to London that reveals the unraveling of the greatest conspiracy of the past two thousand years.

“It is incredibly exciting for us to bring The Da Vinci Code to our young adult market in the US, and to introduce young people to Dan Brown’s masterful storytelling, and his brilliant ability to bring history to life on the page,” says Marcus. “We are delighted to work with our colleagues here at Doubleday to further expand the reach of this special book, and build on its extraordinary success.”

The Da Vinci Code is a thrilling, page-turning adventure that we know older teenagers are already reading,” saysCullen. “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.”

In the US, the Listening Library imprint of Penguin Random House will simultaneously publish an audiobook edition, available on CD and as a digital download. 

This fall also brings the movie release of Inferno, in theaters nationwide on October 28, 2016 and based on Brown’s novel published by Doubleday in 2013. 

DAN BROWN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress. He lives in New England with his wife and is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts fully to writing. Visit him at danbrown.com and follow him at @AuthorDanBrown on Twitter and on Facebook at Facebook.com/DanBrown.


DISCUSSION: How do you feel about this book? Do you think it will be a hit or miss? Do you think they should have simply taken the Da Vinci Code story and made it with teens as the characters instead so it can truly be a YA novel? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. 


6 thoughts on “UPCOMING RELEASE/DISCUSSION: The Da Vinci Code Adapted for YA

  1. Is it just me or does anyone else think it’ś stupid?
    So what, teenagers can’t handle a book so you “adapt” it for them? Will it be written is simple language and have younger characters? That’ś just weird.

  2. Not a fan of this…adapting biographies or nonfiction for middle grade or YA makes sense, because they’ll learn something at a level they can comprehend and it especially is a great teaching tool for kids. I admit I wasn’t a Da Vinci Code fan, but there’s nothing particularly difficult about the writing or the plot, and the content isn’t too “mature” or “adult” that it would concern parents or teachers. And 13 years later after it was such a big hit? I doubt there’s an audience or buzz for it. Most YA readers will be like “I could just read the original.” It isn’t like the YA section doesn’t have 500 page books! Tbh, there are plenty of YA books more “literary” with more sex and swearing than The Da Vinci Code.

    • I completely agree! I don’t understand why they decided to “simplify it” for younger readers when majority of YA novels are INCREDIBLY complex and lengthy. Many of my friends told me that they even read the Da Vinci Code when they were younger and completely understood it, so this adaption for YA doesn’t make much sense unless they changed the characters’ ages so they were teens traveling the world to solve a mystery.

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