The Proto Project: A Sci-Fi Adventure of the Mind

Bryan R. Johnson (Author) Cynthea Liu (Editor)
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Description

Age Level: 8 and up Grade Level: 3 and up
Lexile score 600L-700L DRA 28 Guided Reading Level N

2019 Readers' Favorite(R) Five Star Award RECOMMENDED by the US Review

From the bestselling author of Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life

When Jason meets his mom's billion-dollar invention, an artificial intelligence device named Proto, he accidentally gets caught up in a mysterious adventure. Proto goes missing, and then people go missing. Now Jason and his coolest-neighbor-ever Maya must risk their lives to prevent global mayhem. But who is behind this devious plot? Is it another AI? The FBI? Or any other abbreviation with an I? What exactly is there to learn about artificial and human intelligence while fighting for your life against a legion of furry puppies or a battalion of drones? A lot-- if you live to tell about it.

The Proto Project

  • Designed to be read independently for kids ages 8-12 (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade)

  • Great for children who have outgrown chapter books and are ready for non-illustrated middle-grade novels

  • Makes a wonderful gift for anyone looking for exciting, meaningful reading for girls and boys with content that is age-appropriate at home and in school.

Best for Kids who ...

  • Adore contemporary realistic fiction combined with fantasy and science fiction, told with humor and tall-tale flair

  • Love fast-paced novels filled with humor, mystery, suspense, and adventure

  • Enjoy series books like Percy Jackson & the Olympians, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Last Kids on Earth, The 39 Clues, and The Wild Robot, and love books by authors like James Patterson and Gordon Korman.

Great for Gift-Givers, Parents, and Educators looking for ...

  • An entertaining novel for upper-elementary and middle schoolers that upholds strong values, encourages intellectual curiosity with a growth mindset, and inspires social and global responsibility

  • Teachable kids books that encourage interest in STEM careers (science, technology, engineering, and math), and incorporates potential real-world applications of Artificial Intelligence combined with Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

  • Funny and fun books that emphasize collaboration and teamwork to benefit the greater good

"Johnson (Code 7, 2017) offers a well-calculated balance of suspense and humor for middle school readers .... Action sequences are exciting and dramatic. The novel also provides food for thought in considering how AI could help or hurt humanity. Although the villains are over the top, they do give voice to some of the forces that might want to use AI for selfish, grandiose reasons. A well-written, fast-paced and thoughtful adventure." - Kirkus Review

"The Proto Project: A Sci-Fi Adventure of the Mind is a fast-paced and exciting novel that makes the techiest James Bond spy thriller seem old-fashioned and stodgy by comparison ....The plot is zany and unpredictable, and Johnson's characters are a hoot to watch as they expand their imaginations, skills, and world-views in response to the crisis they're facing. I found this book impossible to put down and am hoping that the author considers giving Maya, Jason and Proto another global challenge to work with. Surely characters this credible and fun to be with deserve a sequel? The Proto Project: A Sci-Fi Adventure of the Mind is most highly recommended." - Readers' Favorite 5-star review

Product Details

Price
$15.59
Publisher
Candy Wrapper
Publish Date
September 09, 2019
Pages
232
Dimensions
5.5 X 0.49 X 8.5 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781940556055

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About the Author

Bryan is a real-life adventurer. When he's not climbing the peaks of Mout Kilimanjaro or flying airplanes, he's exploring the inner-workings of the human brain and investing in breakthrough science. Bryan prefers fist bumps over handshakes, hip hop to jazz, and pizza without the crust.
Cynthea Liu spent her formative years in Oklahoma and Texas where she was a Whiz Quiz member, an Academic Decathloner, and a spelling bee champion. (Yes, she was very popular.) After attending college on the East coast, she worked at a corporate job where she mastered PowerPoint and racked up thousands of frequent flyer miles. Eventually, she traded in her suit for sweats to do the fun stuff-writing for children.

Reviews

"The Proto Project: A Sci-Fi Adventure of the Mind is a fast-paced and exciting novel that makes the techiest James Bond spy thriller seem old-fashioned and stodgy by comparison. Johnson does the British Secret Service's tech-maestro Q even better as Jason and Maya find themselves in a desperate partnership with a spider-sized Artificial Intelligence as they attempt to rescue Jason's mom and dad and quite possibly save the planet. The plot is zany and unpredictable, and Johnson's characters are a hoot to watch as they expand their imaginations, skills, and world-views in response to the crisis they're facing. I found this book impossible to put down and am hoping that the author considers giving Maya, Jason and Proto another global challenge to work with. Surely characters this credible and fun to be with deserve a sequel? The Proto Project: A Sci-Fi Adventure of the Mind is most highly recommended." - Jack Magnus, Readers' Favorite(R) 5-star Review