Publishers Weekly chatted with one of our favorite people, Gillian King-Cargile, about how QUARANTINE: THE SUMMER CAMP became reality. It’s a great interview and glimpse of what’s in store for campers in late July. Also, don’t miss the trailer Northern Illinois University put together for this awesome STEM experience!
You read right! QUARANTINE: THE SUMMER CAMP is real and coming your way Summer ‘19. We’re honored (and lucky) to be a part of this very cool week-long event. Here are some details (Read the full story here):
NIU STEM Read is proud to introduce “Quarantine: The Summer Camp,” based on the popular young adult novel by Lex Thomas. This residential camp for students entering grades 9 through 12 will immerse students in a week of writing, science and games based on the world of this dystopian novel.
The camp, which runs from July 21-26 at Northern Illinois University, will feature lab visits, meetings with experts and the book’s authors, short-story writing, and hands-on science and art challenges, culminating in a final game based on the novel.
Don’t miss your chance to join in the fun by registering today — see you this summer!
STEMREAD is a tremendous resource for young readers as well as educators, and we’re delighted that they’ve chosen the Quarantine Series as an Official STEMREAD Selection. If you’ve ever imagined what it might be like to endure the apocalyptic landscape of McKinley High, STEMREAD brings the books to life with some seriously cool lesson plans and videos documenting Quarantine: The Field Trip.
For news on the latest STEMREAD field trips, check out their blog and keep your eyes peeled for perhaps… another Quarantine field trip???
If you thought surviving the halls of McKinley High was rough, you ain't read nothin' yet. In QUARANTINE: THE GIANT, Gonzalo has to brave the brutal Infected Zone outside the school walls. For most, the place is a nightmare -- danger waits around every corner, but if you're cool with your own mortality and crafty with a welder, then Colorado is your oyster. Check out these post-apocalyptic craft projects to get in the mood for life in the Zone.
We've been pretty lucky throughout this whole process to work with publishers who value author feedback. From jump, our editor wanted our thoughts on marketing stuff and in 2011, we received an email asking us if we had any ideas for tag lines for the series. Something punchy that sums up the premise and might convince a potential reader to pick up the book.
In the end, we came up with "Graduate, or die trying." While it didn't make it onto Books 2-4, you'll see it front in center on your copy of THE LONERS. It's a pretty solid tag line, but here are some of the rejected ideas (and you'll see why):
Can you survive high school?
Can you get out of high school alive?
High school just got worse
Fit in or die
Learn to survive
Learn to live
Learn, the hard way
If you fail here, you die.
If you flunk here, you die.
Hit the books
No more teachers, no more rules
Have you got what it takes to graduate?
It's gonna take a lot more than grades to graduate.
The book no adult wants you to read
It's a jungle in there.
Every day is a sick day
You're the disease
Hahahahahahaha. Fight school?! Oh, brother. If you have a funny tagline for THE LONERS, tweet it to us @lexthomasauthor and we'll re-tweet.
Even better -- Got a great tag line idea for THE GIANT? Check out the synopsis and tweet your idea using #quarantinethegiant
So, we just wrapped up edits on the next QUARANTINE book, THE GIANT. Yes, there will be another one! If you follow us on Twitter, then maybe you know some of the details already, but it tells the story of a different hero from McKinley High -- the ax-wielding Loner, Gonzalo. We're really excited for you to read it because it revisits the early, crazy days of the quarantine but also reveals a whole new world we've never explored before in the series -- the infected zone of Colorado, populated by tribes of teens and the murderous adults who hunt them. If you thought McKinley was intense, you ain't seen nothin' yet.
We hope to have a cover reveal soon, and look for a sneak peak of the first two chapters in the upcoming paperback release of QUARANTINE: THE BURNOUTS. Then, grab QUARANTINE: THE GIANT when it hits bookstores in the fall!