From the best-selling award-winning author of Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life, Bryan R. Johnson
2020 Mom's Choice Gold Award
2020 Readers' Favorite Award
2020 Purple Dragonfly Award
Featured Children's Book Selection by Kirkus Reviews
Praised by Publishers Weekly
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.
"All the other books I've read were pretty cool, but not as awesome as this. Best book ever " - Jlburk
- Great for independent young readers, boys and girls, ages 8-12 (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade)
- Best for kids who have outgrown chapter books and are ready for longer middle-grade books
- A wonderful gift for anyone looking for fun and funny reading with content that is age-appropriate for kids at home and in school
Best for kids who ...
- Adore realistic fiction combined with fantasy and science fiction, told with humor and tall-tale flair
- Love fast-paced novels filled with mystery, suspense, and adventure
- Ideal for readers who enjoy popular series books like I Survived, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Encyclopedia Brown, The Last Kids on Earth, National Geographic Kids and love books by top authors like James Patterson, Kate Dicamillo, and Dav Pilkey.
Great for gift-givers, parents, and educators looking for ...
- An entertaining, educational novel for upper-elementary and middle school tweens
- Upholds strong values, encourages intellectual curiosity with a growth mindset, and inspires social and global responsibility
- Encourages interest in STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and math)
- Incorporates potential real-world applications of modern developments in Artificial Intelligence in concert with Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
- Emphasizes collaboration and teamwork to benefit the greater good
"Johnson keeps the middle school laughs going in this action-packed, accessible look at the pros and cons of advancing AI and technology, a contemporary tale certain to intrigue and entertain young readers." Publishers Weekly
"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
"A fast-paced and exciting novel that makes the techiest James Bond spy thriller seem old-fashioned and stodgy by comparison ... Impossible to put down." - Readers' Favorite 5-star review
Lexile score 600L-700L - DRA 28 - Guided Reading Level N
Age Level: 8 and up - Grade Level: 3 and up
Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and Kindle.
About the Author
Bryan is a real-life adventurer. When he's not climbing the peaks of Mount 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.
"A well-written, fast-paced, and thoughtful adventure." - Kirkus 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
Spiced with a satisfying blend of mystery, science, and social inspection, The Proto Project excels in crafting a fast-paced story of how proactive AIs, savvy children, and adults investigate their rapidly-changing new world with an attention to revealing trade secrets. As they embark on world-changing choices and action, the efforts of one young man who becomes involved in a new formula to enhance humanity's future changes everything. (It should also be noted that the open-ended conclusion satisfyingly ends The Proto Project, but paves the way for more adventures.) - Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review