The World of Patrick Carman

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AT–A–GLANCE
Floors
What is it?

Follow Leo Fillmore, the son of the janitor at the Whippet Hotel, on a fantastic adventure as he deciphers the clues, solves the puzzles left for him by the hotel’s eccentric missing owner Merganzer Whippet, and saves the hotel.

Who’s it for?

Readers ages 9-12

Release Dates

September 2011

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Lauren Felsenstein
lfelsenstein@scholastic.com
(212) 343-6847


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3:15 Season 1: Things That Go Bump in the Night
What is it?

A book of 9 spooky stories meant to thrill and chill. Each story contains an audio, text and video component.

Who’s it for?

Readers ages 10-14

VISIT THE SITE

www.315stories.com/

Release Dates

3:15 Season One app for iPhone and Android became available for download on March 15, 2011. The print edition was published in September 2011. 3:15 Season One is available for download now at 315stories.com.

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Lauren Felsenstein
lfelsenstein@scholastic.com
(212) 343-6847


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TRACKERS
What is it?

A thrilling book/video/web experience for middle grade readers about four tech-savvy kids who become entangled in a high-tech, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse with the world's most dangerous hacker.

Who’s it for?

Readers ages 9-12

Release Dates

Trackers Book #1 was released on May 11, 2010; Trackers Book #2: Shantorian was released in January 2011

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Lauren Felsenstein
lfelsenstein@scholastic.com
(212) 343-6847


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Skeleton Creek
What is it?

A 21st Century ghost story that combines books and videos to create a groundbreaking reading experience.

Who’s it for?

Readers ages 10 and up

VISIT THE SITE

scholastic.com/skeletoncreek

Release Dates

Skeleton Creek was published on February 10, 2009; Ghost in the Machine was published in October 2009; The Crossbones was published in September 2010; the fourth book in the Skeleton Creek series, The Raven was published in May 2011.

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Lauren Felsenstein
lfelsenstein@scholastic.com
(212) 343-6847


PRAISE FOR BOOKS BY PATRICK CARMAN

FLOORS:

“Carman (the Skeleton Creek series) delivers a madcap mystery reminiscent of Roald Dahl and Ellen Raskin, complete with bizarre inventions, a mystery involving a missing billionaire and his fortune, and even a crazy elevator or two."

             -Publishers Weekly

“Carman has not only created a beguiling building but populated it with a sympathetic company of oddfellows, plus a few nefarious creatures (except the ducks, because, as readers are told, ‘Always bring a duck.’ Words to live by.) Readers will come to feel totally invested in the hotel, just as they will come to love Leo, the maintenance man’s 10-year-old son, in whose hands the fate of the rickety old joint rests when four strange boxes arrive… The author is a fine storyteller; he rides the mystery right up to the edge invests his characters with quirks that aren’t merely cute but essential to the person’s identity."

             -Kirkus Reviews



 

THE TRACKERS SERIES:

“It's a book; It's a movie; It's a big online puzzle. Patrick Carman continues to revolutionize the way that kids read. Trackers is a fast, fun read that should appeal to girls and boys, kids and parents, reluctant and voracious readers alike. This reviewer literally can't wait to find out what happens next."

             -The-Trades.com

“It is almost impossible not be caught up in this unconventional series and its many twists and touches of humor."

             -Booklist


 


 

THE SKELETON CREEK SERIES:

“The continuing story of Ryan McCray and Sarah Fincher’s investigation into the supernatural is one part X-Files and one part Blair Witch Project."

             -New York Times Review of Books
              on Skeleton Creek Book #3: The Crossbones

Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman is an ingenious and fast-paced interactive book."

             -Books to Borrow, Books to Buy
              (nationally syndicated column)

“There are so many good things to say about this book. The part print, part video format will entice reluctant readers… It will make possible the telling of more interesting and complex tales. It should help create more complete alternate realities for readers... The best part about this book is the extensive internet element that the casual reader may not even encounter. The website the journal points to, sarahfincher.com, has Easter eggs and added videos at certain times of the day. Several additional sites like skeletoncreekisreal.com and skeletoncreekproject.com contain additional hints and clues to the mystery.."

             -The-Trades.com

 


 

THE LAND OF ELYON SERIES:

star  “In his debut fantasy, the launch of the Land of Elyon series, Carman crafts an intriguingly insular world, and introduces a plucky, convincingly curious heroine who yearns to see what lies outside of it... Carman dabbles in social commentary with his intimations of the perils of isolationism, but even more effectively plumbs the psychological reverberations of playing out one's fears. Readers of all ages will gain much from this tale and eagerly anticipate the next two planned volumes."

             -Publishers Weekly, starred review


 

Highlights

  • On March 15, 2011, Patrick Carman released his first app-based reading series called 3:15 — a collection of 9 stand alone scary stories, each with an audio, text, and video component. The app is available for iPhones and Android and was updated every two weeks with a new episode. A print version was published by Scholastic in September 2011.
  • In February 2009, Scholastic released bestselling author Patrick Carman's first book in the Skeleton Creek series — an innovative video-book hybrid series that introduced a new way of storytelling. The series continued with Skeleton Creek Book #2: Ghost in the Machine (October 2009), Skeleton Creek Book #3: The Crossbones (September 2010), and most recently, the final installment, Skeleton Creek Book #4: The Raven (May 2011). In May 2010, Patrick released his second multimedia series, Trackers, which follows four tech-savvy kids as they use the internet to pursue the worlds most dangers hacker. Trackers 2: Shantorian was published in January 2011. To date, there are more than 1 million copies in print for both book-video multimedia series.
  • The Skeleton Creek series has been sold into 10 territories to date.
  • Patrick Carman is also the author of The New York Times-bestselling Land of Elyon series, and Elliot’s Park, a chapter book series for younger readers.
  • After visiting more than 700 schools, Patrick Carman really understands what captivates kids and how multimedia fits into their daily lives. Patrick Carman’s own PC Studios in Walla Walla, Washington, produces the videos that accompany his books and has many exciting projects in development.
  • Carman is also the author of book #5 in the #1 New York Times-bestselling multiplatform series, The 39 Clues.

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