Telekinesis is one of those words that bothers me. Who comes up with this stuff? They should give writers and teens and artists the opportunity to name some of these things before setting them in concrete. I’m telling you, it was a teenager or a nerd or both who came up with ZOMBIES. Had to be! If we’d left ‘the walking dead’ to a scientific minded professor of psychology we’d have gotten something lame like Telekinesis. I’m sure of it.
I’d love it if someone could come up with a better word for people who can move things with their minds. Like ZINGLERS or MOVABLERS…okay those are bad, and this is obviously harder than I thought. VAMPIRE is so great. It’s got sizzle. Someone call the vampire zombie word person!
On a related topic, when I was a teenager I never wished I was a zombie or a vampire. Maybe a zombie vampire hunter, but not a blood sucking dead guy. But I thought a lot about being able to move things with my mind. Like I’d lie in bed at midnight and think about the cookies on the kitchen counter. I imagined them floating down the hall towards my room, because the power of my will to have them was bigger than Godzilla. I also thought about picking up my school and moving it across town. With my mind! These were the kinds of things that would impress the girl I wanted to ask out. And I really wanted to impress her.
If you ever thought about this kind of stuff (or still do) and also wonder what the world might look like in 2051, the story of Faith Daniels and Dylan Gilmore might interest you. Faith and Dylan can move things with their minds. They’ve got the PULSE (aka telekinesis!). They’re also attempting the hardest movement of all –getting someone else’s heart to inch its way towards your own.
If you had the power of telekinesis, what would you do with it?
Find out about the PULSE series here: http://www.patrickcarman.com/books/pulse/
The first Voyagers review is in. Off to a smashing good start! This is a series I created, but there are six writers. Once we send kids into orbit, they’ll stay there for a full year – one book every two months starting in September 2015. So excited for kids to leave planet Earth. Find out more at www.voyagershq.com
VOYAGERS: PROJECT ALPHA – MacHale, D. J. (Author).
Four boys and four girls, all 12 years old, enter a contest to stop Earth’s growing energy crisis in this exciting and action-packed sf thriller, the first of a six-book multiplatform series written by six different, well-known authors. Only four kids will be chosen to fly into space to find the Source, a material that contains enough energy to keep Earth from going permanently dark. The competitors include a wheelchair-bound girl and others from diverse races, cultures, and economic backgrounds. They’re all supersmart, highly competitive, and not necessarily likable. Dash Conroy is an exception and the only character to have his own chapter-length backstory. Perhaps not surprisingly, they have all been misled about their mission, including the fact that they won’t be able to assemble the Source until they have retrieved six elements from six different planets (conveniently, one for each book in the series). Readers are encouraged to go online after cracking the codes in the books along with the kids as they face dangerous obstacles in this fun, Jurassic Park–like space adventure.
HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A page-long promotional plan and an author roster that includes Robin Wasserman, Patrick Carman, and Kekla Magoon reveals 39 Clues–like ambition. This could be ubiquitous, so acquire accordingly. — Sharon Rawlins
The publisher is producing Voyagers in partnership with 42 Entertainment, a media company that is creating an online experience to complement the six books, each written by a different author. The books will be published in rapid succession, beginning in September with Project Alpha, by D.J. MacHale, followed by Robin Wasserman’s Game of Flames in November and Omega Rising, by Patrick Carman, in January 2016. Subsequent Voyagers installments will be written by Kekla Magoon, Jeanne DuPrau, and Wendy Mass.
The gist of the series is that Earth will become toast without a renewable source of clean energy. There are six essential elements that, when properly combined, will create a new power source. But the elements are scattered throughout the galaxy, and only a spaceship piloted by children can search for them. In Project Alpha, a team of four 12-year-olds is chosen and sent into space to retrieve the first element.
According to Carman, who is the brains behind the series (and, incidentally, grew up watching NASA missile launches and Star Trek), readers will not just have the opportunity to join the Voyagers crew online; they can oversee their own robot commander, thus allowing them to accompany the travelers into space, and complete missions and tasks in the form of games.
Carman anticipates that today’s kids will love Voyagers as much as his generation loved Star Trek, for several reasons. One, they won’t have to wait very long between books; once a reader enters the Voyagers world, they’ll remain in orbit for an entire year. In addition, Voyagers is driven entirely by young explorers, with no adults around.
“That’s a fun place to be as a young reader,” Carman says. “And there are robots! Aliens! And whole planets to explore.” For an early look at the Voyagers’ adventures, booksellers can pick up ARCs of Project Alpha at Table 1 in the Penguin Random House booth (3119) today, 1–2 p.m. —Claire Kirch
Happy day FLOORS fans!
Patrick Carman Kids Book ‘Floors’ To Disney With Jason Filardi Writing
EXCLUSIVE via Deadline: Walt Disney Pictures has closed a deal for Floors, a pitch that Jason Filardi made for the children’s book series by Patrick Carman.
Filardi, who scripted Bringing Down The House for the studio, will write the script. In the vein of Night At The Museum and Willy Wonka, pic tells the story of an emotionally stunted son who inherits the coolest and craziest hotel in the world from his estranged and eccentric father. He must go on a fun-filled adventure inside the hotel to stop it from self-destructing. Carman, whose 30 books have been translated into more than 20 languages, will be an executive producer.
Filardi, whose last credit was the Zac Efron hit 17 Again, is repped by Paradigm and manager Brian Lutz. Walt Disney Pictures Executive VP Kristin Burr will oversee the project for the studio.