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The Proto Project: A Sci-Fi Adventure of the Mind for Kids Ages 9-12

The Proto Project: A Sci-Fi Adventure of the Mind for Kids Ages 9-12


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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
RECOMMENDED 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.

“All the other books I’ve read were pretty cool, but not as awesome as this. Best book ever!” – Jlburk

The Proto Project: A Sci-fi Adventure of the Mind

  • 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.

“I found this book to be very enriching and educational … My child learned so much along the way.” – G. Artaza

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.

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