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!
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.
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