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Treasure Island — cover color study

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Treasure Island — cover color study

Here’s a color study of the cover for my adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island. Elizabeth Hurley (not to be confused with the famous actress/model) is illustrating it. She also worked on the cover for my Perseus adaptation.

In the background floats the Hispaniola, with the Jolly Roger flying from her topmast. And in the foreground, Jim and Long John are being confronted by pirates. I can’t really say much more about this scene (or why I picked it) without giving away too much of the story. Let’s just say, it works perfectly with some of the choices the reader has to make.

The writing is almost done, and then the book will be released this fall. So stay tuned . . .

Treasure Island — cover sketch

cover sketch

Treasure Island — cover sketch

One of my current projects is a choose-your-path adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island. It’s the book that impressed upon us our modern ideas of what pirates were like—how they acted and spoke. It was also a childhood favorite of mine, and one of the first books I recall actually wanting to read. After all, Treasure Island is all about swashbuckling pirates and treasure, and what boy wouldn’t be excited about those things?

My adaptation, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, will be released this fall.

Here’s the initial cover sketch. Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver are about to be attacked! I don’t want to say much more, or give the story away, in case you haven’t read it yet.

Review — Amplified

The first of the newest four books in the series find the youngest members of the Revolution crew working together without direct supervision. Things are going well at first: Dylan and Amy are scoping out a skate park in Minneapolis, and Joey and Omar are checking out some local caves in St. Paul, both teams hot on the heels of the magical skateboard fragment they have traced to the region. Both teams soon run into trouble, though, when members of the Collective, their evil counterparts, find the teens and attempt to claim the fragment for themselves . . . this series seems like NCIS for ‘tween boys. With the silver-haired and unflinching director, Eldrick, followed by his loyal, talented, and street-smart team of agents, each book plays out like a new episode: a different villain, a new location, a special agent’s skill set highlighted, maybe even a little flirtation between the cast. The series is gratifying for the same reasons the favorite TV drama is gratifying: because it is familiar, part changing story and part single overarching narrative (to get all of the magic fragments of Tony Hawk’s busted skateboard). The shift to graphic novel style at the climax in each book also adds to the visual quality of the series.
—VOYA

Review — Cosmic Bounty Hunter

First sentence: On the faraway planet of Apokolips, a spaceship rumbled to a halt, kicking up a cloud of dirt and debris on the landing pad. Acquired: Received a review copy from Stone Arch Books. Reason for Reading: This book is too hard for my ds to read on his own and will be read aloud by dh as a bedtime book. But I like my superheroes too and wasn’t going to miss out on the fun! I like Superman fairly well. He’s not my *favourite*, but he’s cool. I hadn’t heard of any of the bad guys in this story: Lobo, Kalibak and Desaad but I enjoyed this book the most of the 3 books I’ve just read in this series recently. Action packed from start to finish. We even have Lois going at Clark for scooping her on the front page once again to start the story off. It doesn’t take long before Clark leaves Lois and Jimmy behind and the super action to start as Lobo is creating a havoc that Superman must put a stop to. Lobo (a bounty hunter) has been hired by the ruler of Kalibak and Desaad’s planet to capture Superman with a new invention and bring him back to the planet. But when K & D interfere and Lobo finds himself captured and headed for Apokolips’ dungeons too, he and Superman team up to turn the tables. Lobo is a great villain here, he’s actually a lot of fun for the full of himself biker-type. A great entry in the series. Written and illustrated by comic industry professionals, the story and characters all have an authentic feel. Each chapter has at least one full page illustration, some even have two, the pages of pure text are broken up for the reader by using comic book style graphics, in colour, for all the sound effect words. This nicely breaks up a two page spread of text which may otherwise seem daunting to reluctant readers. One of my favourites in the series.
—Back to Books

Review — Cosmic Bounty Hunter

Bounty hunter LOBO hired to bring in Superman. Wow! Majorly offbeat character—gotta admire Hoena for tackling this. And he pulls it off! Like the other titles in the DC Super Heroes series, this one is a lot of fun!
—Robert Marsh, author of the Monster and Me series