Saturday, February 23, 2013

Secret Codes in Teen Novels





The Barcode Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn. Teen fantasy/sci-fi novel. Scan the barcode on the back or look up the ISBN and it'll say as much.

Scan the barcode on The Barcode Tattoo, and you'll come up with the ISBN for this:




Gerald and Loretta Handman's Napoleon and Josephine.

So the hidden secret here is either

1) kids reading trashy sci-fi should be reading trashy histories, or

2) Scholastic has a thievingly lazy art department. Seriously, they could read the last chapter and code whatever the barcode is supposed to mean into an actual barcode. Online. For free. In about a minute. Instead they just swipe the ISBN barcode from their own products. Was it just a subtle product placement plug? Really, Scholastic?

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