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, will be 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.
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.”
Authors Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon will launch a blog tour the day before the book’s release, beginning at Bildungsroman on Monday, February 28th and traveling through the blogs of YA/kidlit bloggers who are also teachers, librarians, and/or adventurers through Tuesday, March 8th. 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.
Here’s the full schedule:
Monday, February 28th
Little Willow at Bildungsroman
Tuesday, March 1st
Kiba Rika (Kimberly Hirsh) of Lectitans
Thursday, March 3rd
Melissa Walker, author of Small Town Sinners
Friday, March 4th
Justin from Little Shop of Stories
Monday, March 7th
Rebecca’s Book Blog
Tuesday, March 8th
Martha Brockenbrough, author of Things That Make Us [Sic]
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