Bestselling authors Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon have teamed up to create THE SECRET JOURNEYS OF JACK LONDON. Jack certainly lived a wild life, which inspired Golden & Lebbon to create this new book series based on his real-life travels. They've taken his true stories and his fiction and mixed in urban legends and myths of the time. While THE SECRET JOURNEYS series is fiction, not biography, the books are extremely well-researched, and spooky elements add another level of intrigue to the richly detailed stories.
The first book, THE WILD, was released on Tuesday, March 1st. When seventeen-year-old Jack London travels to Alaska to join the Klondike Gold Rush, the path he treads is not at all what he expected. Along the way, he encounters kidnappers, traders, traitors, and a mysterious wolf. Jack must face the wild head-on in order to survive.
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The buzz for THE SECRET JOURNEYS OF JACK LONDON just keeps getting louder:
20th Century Fox has acquired the film rights to the series.
Garth Nix, author of the Abhorsen Trilogy, declared: "A masterful mix of gold, cold, supernatural creatures, and dread magic makes this a great action adventure story."
Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy, calls THE WILD "A great old-school adventure novel and the best use of the Wendigo legend I've ever read."
Booklist says, "Golden and Lebbon's gamble is peppering their story with the fantastic and the supernatural, and it pays off in this gung-ho series starter...Golden and Lebbon write with gritty assurance. Best of all, this first chapter kicks the door wide open for almost anything in book two."
From VOYA: "5Q 4P M J S A/YA It is reasonably certain that the real Jack London never stared down a man-eating Wendigo or was forced to pan gold as a slave. But Golden and Lebbon's new adventure series casts the famed author of Call of the Wild and White Fang as an adolescent explorer on the new frontier in the Yukon. Hardier than the Hardy Boys, Jack is an intelligent, rugged role model any seriously-minded nature enthusiast will find appealing. Book One is a rollicking adventure tale for modern-day readers, depicting with great awe the unforgiving, and yet beautiful, conditions Jack confronts. Better yet, there is enough biographical reality to drive curious readers into sampling the works of the actual London while they eagerly await another chapter. That is a fire worth starting."
Book Blog Tour
Authors Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon launched a blog tour the day before the book's release, beginning at Bildungsroman http://slayground.livejournal.com on Monday, February 28th and traveling through the blogs of YA/kidlit bloggers who are also teachers, librarians, and/or adventurers through Friday, March 11th. Each tour stop will offer an exclusive piece of art from Greg Ruth, whose stunning illustrations give life to the characters, locations, and beasts throughout the book.
Being a fan of both Jack London's classic works and Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon's collaborations, I'm quite excited to be heading up this blog tour. Here's the full schedule:
Monday, February 28th
Little Willow at Bildungsroman
Tuesday, March 1st
Kiba Rika (Kimberly Hirsh) of Lectitans
Wednesday, March 2nd
Kim Baccellia from Si, Se Puede!, Young Adults Book Central, and YABC blog
Thursday, March 3rd
Melissa Walker, author of Small Town Sinners and readergirlz diva
Friday, March 4th
Justin from Little Shop of Stories
Monday, March 7th
Rebecca's Book Blog
Tuesday, March 8th, Wednesday, March 9th, and Thursday, March 10th
Martha Brockenbrough, author of Things That Make Us [Sic]
- Interview: Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon
- Illustrated Books: An interview with Jordan Brown
- The Evolution of a Monster
Thursday, March 10th
Brian Keene, author and journalist
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THE SECRET JOURNEYS OF JACK LONDON: THE WILD
Written by Christopher Golden & Tim Lebbon
Illustrated by Greg Ruth
On sale: March 1st, 2011
Published by HarperCollins Childrens