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A lifelong passion for history and a fascination with the past—WWI in particular—have led to over 40 historical novels and non-fiction books for kids, teens and adults.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Magnificent Seven!

 6 of the 7 in Oshawa. l to r: Ted Staunton, John Wilson, Richard Scrimger, Shane Peacock, Sigmund Brouwer and Eric Walters (missing Norah McClintock)
Awesome week of touring in southern Ontario by 6 of the 7 Series authors. In total, 96 presentations to over 6,000 kids from Kingston to Oshawa and grades 3 to 12. Four evening presentations and a launch to hundreds of kids, parents and teachers. Plus a special presentation by all 7 authors at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto. How cool is that? Wild enthusiasm everywhere. We'r
e aiming for a stadium tour with light show next! 

The 7 Series is already in its second printing and inquiries about translation and film rights are being looked at. Seven books by seven top YA authors, published on one day—something different (unique!) does work.

A beloved grandfather dies and leaves an envelope for each of his seven grandsons. Each boy is given a task or quest (same order as photograph). 
—Spencer is told to get a kiss from an ageing film star and film it, but a gun, gangsters and a road trip to a ghost  town get in the way (JUMP CUT by Ted Staunton)
—Steve must head to Spain and uncover what his grandfather was involved in there during the Spanish Civil War in 1938. He finds a forgotten diary and meets a beautiful girl (LOST CAUSE by John Wilson)
—Bunny, Spencer's brother, has to get a tattoo, but he ends up with the wrong one, which says he is part of a street gang and has killed someone (INK ME by Richard Scrimger).
—Adam goes to France where he discovers he has three near impossible tasks and must make amends for a dark episode in his grandfather's past (LAST MESSAGE by Shane Peacock).
—Webb, armed with only his guitar, must traverse the Canol Trail in the far north and confront terrible events in his grandfather's past (DEVIL'S PASS by Sigmund Brouwer).
—DJ, Steve's twin brother, is given the task of scattering the grandfather's ashes from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Simple but, as DJ finds out, by no mean easy (BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH by Eric Walters).
—Rennie, the grandson no one knew about, flies to Iceland to deliver a message from beyond the grave. Once there he finds himself in serious danger and must try and work out who he can trust (CLOSE TO THE HEEL by Norah McClintock).

Read them in any order and read them all. Find samples and buy them here.



2 Comments:

Blogger sonicfrog said...

Hello Mr Wilson

Just got done reading Lost Mountains.... wonderful book! Im aformer geology / seismology student - calc killed the dream... for now - but i still read what i can on the subject. Before tackling your book, i read Rough-Hewn Land. I was specifically interested why the Basin Range was the way it was.... and that book filled the knowledge hole nicely. But my curiosity then turned to the rest of the continent. Thank you for helping me fill in a continent sized blank.

Will check your blog from time to time, and with your permission, link to mine.

Thanks again for your wonderful work.

Mike "sonicfrog.net" Alexander

PS. I alway think of the song from Grease, Beauty School Drop-out, but change the words to "Geology School Drop-Out" when ithink of my aborted career path.

10:11 PM  
Blogger sonicfrog said...

PS. Typing from a Kindle is clumbsy! :-)

10:12 PM  

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