Scholastic’s seven-book Infinity Ring series will launch alongside an interactive gaming website next year. The books and website, aimed at readers ages 8 to 12, will feature an “alternate-history time travel” storyline.
The new series will be written by six children’s authors, including zombie novelist Carrie Ryan, fantasy writer Lisa McMann, YA lit writer Matt de la Peña, historical fiction novelist Matthew J. Kirby, middle grade author Jennifer A. Nielsen and The Maze Runner trilogy author James Dashner. Dashner will write the first book (A Mutiny in Time) and the not-yet-titled final book.
Both the Infinity Ring website and A Mutiny in Time will be released simultaneously in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada starting September 2012. The final book will be published in March 2014.
Here’s more from the release: “Each book in the series will be packaged with a unique ‘Hystorian’s Guide,’ a collectible map that includes a special code to unlock exclusive content on the Infinity Ring online game. The multi-dimensional game experience on www.infinityring.com (site currently under construction) will allow kids to play as the main characters from the books as they travel back in history to fix the ‘Great Breaks,’ key events that have gone wrong, altering history as we know it. The online game—available on the web, smartphones, iOS and Android tablets—features a fully realized virtual world, where players can interact with other characters, and explore key events in history alongside Christopher Columbus, Abraham Lincoln, and other figures featured in the books.”