Cal Talaska can’t wait for his family to win the Great Grab Contest! The prize? Twenty minutes to grab anything in the world-famous Wish Shoppe! He knows his family will leave the competition in the dust, but first he has to convince them to compete!
My new app book company I started with designer Rachel Ericson. Our first apps: Nash Smasher! and My Dad Drives a Roller Coaster Car.
"ESCAPE FROM FUNLAND!" Book #2 in the Prizewinners series is out now!
The Talaskas’ home is falling apart. Only drastic measures can prevent it from being sold, so Cal enters the family in the Funland Fun House Makeover Contest. First, they must collect 1,001 “likes” from their town. They scrape by and advance to round two: searching the clown-themed Funland park for a hidden object. Despite good teamwork, the contest does not work out as hoped. The plot proceeds quickly with wordplay and anagrams adding elements of fun. As the multiethnic Talaskas save their home, they learn about true friendship versus online “likes.” A fun, silly romp and a strong sequel to The Prizewinners of Piedmont Place (2016). — Booklist
Reviews for "The Prizewinners of Piedmont Place" are pouring in!
"Readers will enjoy the hilarious adventures of the Talaskas and will surely look forward to the next installment." —School Library Journal
"With its breakneck pace…hand this [book] to fans of Nickelodeon shows looking for a change of medium." —Booklist
"In this fun series opener from Doyle, Cal’s fortitude in the face of adversity may inspire readers to do the same." —Publishers Weekly
"The hero is really the entire family in this cockle-warming series kickoff." —Kirkus
"The humor is spot on for the target age, with just the right level of silliness in the plot. There's plenty of suspense and, for all the magic and mayhem, Henry and Keats are characters kids can relate to, even if they don't have enchanted livestock in their lives. All these elements add up to a great story, and there's some really savvy reading curriculum built into this. From a character who talks backwards to the use of puns to the wonderful descriptions of actions, this is a fun way to build reading skill and comprehension, especially for reluctant readers."
—Review of "Invasion of the Junkyard Hog" from TimeToPlayMag.com
"This is Doyle's best book yet in this series!"—Chris Byrne, the Toy Guy
Mr. Cigam has a new job for Keats and Henry. All they have to do is capture one little slug in the Purple Rabbit Supermarket. Sounds easy, right? Wrong! First, the slug isn't so little. Second, there's way more than just one. And to top it off, the supermarket has gone all kooky—Mr. Cigam's mixed-up magic has swirled down every aisle! There are pests in the produce and an angry snowman in frozen foods. Can Keats and Henry clean up this supermarket mess?
SCREAM TEAM #2: Reviewed by Katie, a first grade teacher in Minnesota.
"Vampire at Half Court follows the Scream Team (a basketball team made up of werewolves and monsters) as they face two big challenges. They need to find a team sponsor, all while gearing up to try and beat the undefeated vampire team in the JC Monster League Championship.
The plot thickens as the Scream Team starts to suspect one of their own is secretly meeting with the vampire team! Read to find out how the Scream Team wins over the crowd despite losing the big game.
This book is great for second or third grade sports fans, especially boys, or reluctant readers in the older grades."
A Blast from the Past: TERRA NOVA Strike Force Centauri
Way back when I was a graduate student at NYU Film School, I got hired to write the cutaway script for a 1996 video game (on CD ROM!) called "Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri." When you finished a mission, you were "rewarded" with a scene with real actors. Okay, so there might be a reason the Oscars skipped over this particular piece of my writing past (wow, there is some serious over-writing happening here)…but I had such a blast being on the set and working with game developer Looking Glass up in Boston.
WARNING: There is mild violence and mild cursing in three or four spots in these videos.
REVIEW OF "ATTACK OF THE SHARK-HEADED ZOMBIE"
"This entry in the Stepping Stones series presents a fresh and appealing option for those readers who are new to chapter books. Adventure-prone cousins Henry and Keats find themselves in a pickle when they lose their bikes during a stunt at Steep Cliff Hill.
When their mothers deny their request for funds to replace them, a job seems like their only option. Responding to a cryptic advertisement, they find themselves signing on to clean Mr. Cigam’s decrepit and creepy mansion. Third on Mr. Cigam’s to-do list: “Battle and defeat the shark-headed zombie.”
With enchanted scepters, wizard spells, disappearing chickens, and magical tornadoes, this book reads exactly like the wandering imagination of a creative youngster, offering up an absurd premise that will be a hit with boys in particular and reluctant readers in general. Accompanied by black-and-white illustrations showing the boys and the zombie in action, Doyle’s reader-friendly and engaging story packs in a remarkable amount of action and fun."
My new interactive storybook is now available on the iPad!
"'Attack of the Shark-Headed Zombie' is a fast-paced, suspenseful story with lots of surprising twists and turns!"
—Alison Morris, Senior Editor at Scholastic Book Clubs
For the full video, head over to Scholastic at http://bit.ly/ujapRZ
Thank you, Alison Morris at Scholastic Book Clubs, for the terrific video feature...I did a quick couple edits to get right to the Scream Team! You can see the longer video and hear about the other four featured books at http://bit.ly/qNyqlb