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Fix the past to save the future….Infinity ring series


Reading “The Storm begins” recently (the first book in the History Keeper’s series by Damian Dibben), reminded me that I have yet to read any of the books in Scholastic’s new Infinity Ring series. I thought this 7 book series, aimed at 8-12 year olds would be a great read for some of my more reluctant readers as the books tie in with a very exciting online game.

From the publisher:

“History is broken and three kids must travel back in time to set it right. Told in seven books and seven interactive online game episodes, Infinity Ring invites readers to travel back in time to fix the “Great Breaks,” moments in history that have gone terribly wrong. Each book in the series contains a free “Hystorian’s Guide,” a collectible map and game guide that provide readers the information they need to set history back on track in the fully immersive Infinity Ring online game experience. The Infinity Ring online game continues where the book leaves off. Each online game episode, while standing on its own as a complete adventure, ties in to the on-going plotline of the Infinity Ring books. In the online game, players explore realistically designed historical locations, while meeting and talking to historical figures.” (Source: PR Newswire).

The books:

Book 1 A mutiny in time by James Dashner 2012

When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste discover the key to time travel — the Infinity Ring — they’re swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Recruited by the Hystorians, a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, the kids learn that history has gone disastrously off course — and it’s up to them to fix it, with the help of teenage Hystorian-in-training Riq. First stop: Spain, 1492, where a sailor named Christopher Columbus is about to be thrown overboard in a deadly mutiny.

Read the first chapter here

Book 2 Divide and conquer by Carrie Ryan 2012

Hundreds of ships carrying thousands of Viking warriors are attacking medieval Paris. The Parisians are fighting back, but they can only hold out for so long. And that’s bad news — especially since Dak has been captured and forced to work with the invading army while Sera and Riq defend Paris from within. No matter which side wins, the kids will lose . . . unless Dak can find an ally among some of history’s fiercest warriors. Join Dak, Riq, and Sera as they attempt to defeat the SQ and fix the next Great Break in history.

Book 3 The trap door by Lisa Mcmann …due to be published February 2013 (Lisa is the author of “The Unwanteds” – a book I loved and thoroughly recommend for younger Hunger Games fans.)….

What do I think about these books?:

The premise of this time travel series with the “Hystorians” trying to fix breaks in history, sounds very similar to that of the History Keepers. I loved the History Keepers and I really love time travel books that delve into history. These sound awesome – and I love any series that is a great hook for readers.  We have books 1 and 2 already on high rotation in the library and book 3 and the subsequent volumes are on standing order through Scholastic NZ.

Pottermore…extend the Harry Potter experience

I received an email this morning telling me that the first chapters of the Prisoner of Azkaban have been unlocked on Pottermore…sigh…I have been a member for a few months and have yet to get started and explore the first chapter of the Philosopher’s stone, let alone pass all the tasks of the Chamber of Secrets and be a third year student at Hogwarts ready to tackle the adventures of the third book.

I have blogged recently about the James Potter fan fiction series as a way of giving a Harry Potter fan more of the stories they love (my view on James Potter series book 3 “the Vault of destinies” is coming soon...) Exploring this interactive website with lots of extra written content by JK Rowling is another way of getting more out of the books.

From JK Rowling:

Mrs Hewett says:

My problem is that I  have so many other books to read at the moment, and even though it is the school holidays I don’t have a lot of spare time to explore Pottermore, BUT  it looks like a whole heap of fun! Should I manage to get back online (remembering it often rains in the holidays…) and I meet you on Pottermore….’OwlStrike’… might be me 🙂

Go to the full site here

and have a sneak peek at the sort of things you can explore through Pottermore by watching this: