The Voyagers mission has launched! This is the most ambitious series I’ve ever created for kids, so if you know an educator or a young reader or parents of middle grade kids, this is going to be big! Please spread the word and help us get this mission off to a great start. And if you have a young reader in your life, ordering this week would be hugely appreciated. Thank you thank you thank you!
If you want to share the series on your timeline, here’s the main info:
About the Voyagers series, with a new book every two months for a year.
Earth is about to go dark. Without a new power source, life as we know it will be toast. A global competition is under way to determine who will join the secret mission that might just save us all. Project Alpha is a contest of physical challenges, mental puzzles, and political alliances. The battle is fierce, and only four kids will make the cut. The Voyagers will journey to the far reaches of space, collecting unique elements and facing unbelievable dangers. The future of our planet is in the hands of four kids. Sure, they’ll be the best in the world . . . but can they save the world?
Do you have what it takes to be a Voyager? Find out atwww.voyagershq.com.
About the experience
The Voyagers experience includes a vast world of digital assets for kids to plug into. At www.voyagershq.com, kids can create their own robot commander, discover hidden secrets in the printed books that unlock tons of cool stuff, join the crew, and much, much more. And the Voyagers game launches in just a few days, where kids can collect robots, play cool games, and learn a ton of science, technology, engineering, and math. It’s a STEM teacher’s dream come true for young readers!
Thank you again for sharing this bold new series. Heading out into space is going to be amazing. Onward!
Bold Films is stepping into the YA ring with the acquisition of Patrick Carman’s 2010 novel Thirteen Days to Midnight. Combining themes of super powers, ancient conspiracies and growing into adulthood, the story is a dark morality tale centered on Jacob Fielding, a teenager who receives incredible power when his foster father whispers to him “you are indestructible.” That power however comes with a dark history that Jacob must discover to keep himself and his friends alive.
Bold Films is financing and will produce the feature film adaptation, and has tapped Mike Flanagan (Oculus) and Kate Siegel (Hush) to write the current draft of the script. An earlier draft was written by Ryan Engle (Non-Stop). Trevor Macy (Oculus, Safe House) developed the script and will produce for Intrepid Pictures. Bold Films chairman Michel Litvak (Whiplash, Nightcrawler) will produce for the company, with Bold CEO Gary Michael Walters executive producing along with Marc D. Evans. The deal was negotiated for Bold Films by SVP Business and Legal Affairs Karen Barna, and for Intrepid by Glenn D. Feig of Reder & Feig.
Patrick Carman is a New York Times best-selling children’s author with more than 30 titles to his name. In addition toMidnight, his other books being developed for film include: Floors, for Disney;Evermore, for Amblin; and Escape the Room, for Blumhouse and Universal. He’s repped by Susan Schulman. Engle is repped by Chris Sablan at Original Artists and Michael Lasker and Langley Perer at Mosaic; Flanagan is reppped by WME and Joel VanderKloot at Nelson Davis; Siegel is repped by TCA Jed Root, Industry Entertainment and Joel VanderKloot at Nelson Davis.
I listened to Yes Please by Amy Poehler during my drive to Montana. Recommended! Surprisingly full of good advice for creatives, and her reading cracked me up. One nugget I’ll share:
Great people do things before they are ready.
I think this is especially true in the arts. Whether it’s acting, painting, writing, or whatever – taking risks is one of the most important ways to grow at the beginning. Finding your way is going to involve falling on your face, feeling embarrassed, getting up, and keeping at it. I still remember how unready (is that a word?) I was when I handed the Land of Elyon to my local librarian. Let’s just say the meeting for coffee a week later did not go well. And touring was the same. I was so nervous the first time I stood in front of a group of kids and teachers. It’s a miracle I didn’t melt into a gloppy fear blob. But I soldiered on. I wasn’t ready to be a writer, I knew that. Thirty books later, I don’t know if I’m great, but I know that I’m pretty good. If I had waited until I was ready, I’d still be waiting.
Go forth and fall on your faces, newbies! It won’t last forever. And the sooner you get it over with the sooner you WILL be ready.
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