07/13/2005 at 08:00 AM EDT
An upstate New York drugstore accidentally sold a copy of the embargoed (until this Saturday at 12:01 a.m.) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to a customer who is said be a good sport and will return it.
Mandy Muldoon says that she and her 9-year-old son spotted the eagerly anticipated volume while shopping at a pharmacy.
Her husband, Mike Muldoon, tells the Associated Press that even though his stepson, Sylum Mastropaolo, digested two pages of the sixth and latest J.K. Rowling book, "We're going to do the right thing" and return the book to the publisher. "We don't want to ruin it for other kids and take away from the experience of everyone reading it together."
Christine Ekblom, a manager at the pharmacy, said she believes that Sylum's copy was the only one sold. "They were pulled off an hour after they were put on the shelves," Ekblom said. "It was a mistake."
Last Thursday at a grocery store in Canada, 14 books were accidentally sold – prompting a judge to order the customers not to talk about the book, copy it, sell it or even read it before its official release.
Kyle Good, a Scholastic publishing spokeswoman, said the company was not aware of any other early sales in the U.S. The company said Sylum would get a copy Saturday along with a gift pack.