“I live in Portland, Oregon, where I’ve taught middle school for some time. Oh, and I’m delighted to say that my books have won the Newberry Award, the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in Literature. (Of course, being delighted to say something doesn’t make it true!)”
King is beloved in children’s literature for his best-selling books that include “The Big Book of Girl Stuff,” “The Big Book of Boy Stuff,” The Big Book of Superheroes” and “The Pocket Guide to Mischief.”
“The Drake Equation” (hot off the press May 10, 2016) is the story of Noah Grow, a bird-watcher. If you’re picturing some kid in a big floppy hat, peering up into the trees through giant binoculars…well, good job. That’s exactly what he does. Right now, Noah is on a quest to find a wood duck. According to his calculations, a.k.a., the Drake Equation, the odds are good–really good–for spotting one.
That’s why he gets off the bus at the wrong stop. And that’s how he ends up running down a hill, crashing into a fence and landing right next to a strange, glittery disk.
Noah and his best friends, Jason and Jenny, soon discover that the mysterious disk, is, well, mysterious. It gives Noah peculiar powers. As things go from odd to outrageous, Noah is swept up in a storm of intergalactic intrigue and middle-school mayhem. There’s much more at stake than Noah realizes.
Bart King delivers a hilarious sci-fi adventure with just the right mix of heart and humor that will have readers looking out for birds–and strange alien objects.
“A charmingly madcap science fiction adventure for the middle grade crowd.”
-Kim, GoodReads librarian