Children’s publishing company Scholastic will publish its next multi-platform series, TombQuest, simultaneously in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in February 2015.
The mystery of ancient Egypt comes to life in this action adventure spanning five books by author Michael Northrop and linked with an interactive online game.
The first title, Book of the Dead, will launch in print and digital formats in February 2015, with the second book to follow in May 2015.
The five-book series for readers ages 8-12 also will feature hidden puzzles and coded messages on the covers which kids can unlock to reveal key plot points.
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In December 2014, the TombQuest online game will launch in beta format. Kids become the “game masters” as they design their own ancient Egyptian maze complete with treasure, traps and monsters, and challenge their friends to play.
The game is complemented by a safe and moderated online community where kids can chat about the books, write fan fiction, share the games they have built, and learn more about ancient Egypt.
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“TombQuest is a thoroughly engrossing page-turner that hurtles its characters on a non-stop adventure through the mysteries of ancient Egypt,” said Ellie Berger, president, Scholastic Trade Publishing.
TombQuest follows two kids—Alex and his best friend Ren—who awaken the magic of ancient Egypt. When Alex’s mother uses the Egyptian Book of the Dead to save him, she cracks open a door to the afterlife accidentally unleashing five evil ancients: the Death Walkers.
Alex and Ren must set off on an impossible quest that takes them around the globe—and into the afterworld—in order to save his mother and lay the Death Walkers to rest once and for all!