“At a local flea market, thirteen-year-old Brian Hart meets a creepy old man who gives him homemade computer software that can predict NFL games before they’re played. But is the power to see the future really as beneficial as Brian believes…?”
So begins The Videomaniac, the first story in Wil’s creepy new series, ‘Twisted.’ To read the opening chapters, click here, and they should open in your browser automatically.
You can also reserve a copy of The Videomaniac on Amazon by clicking here and then adding it to your cart as a pre-ordered item.
The Videomaniac releases on January 1, 2019.
The leading trade publication for school librarians, School Library Journal, gave Wil’s new ‘Global Citizens: Modern Media’ series, from Cherry Lake Publishing, a fantastic review—
(For Grades 6–8) From how we watch television to what we buy to how we feel about our bodies, visual and print media plays a huge role. Concise writing and bold graphics dig into the history, civics, and economics of each topic. Advancing technologies and how they have affected our media habits are also looked at. Readers are encouraged to think critically and develop their own opinions, a feature supported by both the sidebars peppered throughout and the information in the back matter. The “Developing Questions,” “Gathering Evidence and Evaluating Sources,” “Developing Claims and Using Evidence,” “Taking Informed Action,” and “Communicating Conclusions” sections are meant to maximize student engagement with the content in a productive manner. VERDICT With uses in the curriculum or for pleasure reading, this thought-provoking look at media takes a unique, academic focus and will benefit most collections.
Wil is going to be one of several featured authors and illustrators at the annual fall conference for the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, which will be held in Long Branch, NJ from Sunday, December 2 to Tuesday, December 4. Along with a speaking slot on Monday—in which he will provide details about the latest edition of the ‘New Jersey Trackers’ e-serial story through the New Jersey Center for the Book—he will also be displaying exclusive first copies of the first title in his new ‘Twisted’ series, called The Videomaniac.