The Proto Project: A Sci-Fi Adventure of the Mind for Kids Ages 9-12
Bryan R. Johnson, Cynthea Liu
(Candy Wrapper, Sept. 16, 2019)
From the best-selling award-winning author of Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life, Bryan R. JohnsonAge Level: 8 and up | Grade Level: 3 and upLexile score 600L-700L | DRA 28 | Guided Reading Level NFeatured Children's Book Selection by Kirkus ReviewsPraised by Publishers WeeklyMom’s Choice Award Gold WinnerReaders' Favorite Five StarRECOMMENDED by the US Review 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 ProjectDesigned to be read independently by young readers, boys and girls, ages 8-12 (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade)Best for kids who have outgrown chapter books / leveled readers and are ready for longer middle-grade booksA wonderful gift for anyone looking for fun and funny reading with content that is age-appropriate for kids at home and in schoolBest for kids who ...Adore contemporary realistic fiction combined with fantasy and science fiction, told with humor and tall-tale flairLove fast-paced novels filled with humor, mystery, suspense, and adventureIdeal for readers who enjoy popular series books like I Survived, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Encyclopedia Brown, Hardy Boys, Mysterious Benedict Society, 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 and educational novel for upper-elementary and middle school tweensUpholds strong values, encourages intellectual curiosity with a growth mindset, and inspires social and global responsibilityEncourages 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 PhysicsEmphasizes 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 ...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 … Impossible to put down." – Readers' Favorite 5-star reviewAvailable in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and Kindle.