When a mysterious book by the legendary writer Jules Verne falls into the hands of three unlikely friends, it sets off a treasure hunt like no other—get ready for a modern-day reimagining of The Goonies!
Owen Godfrey is spending his summer in Paris studying science fiction writer Jules Verne, the brilliant mind behind Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days. When Owen and his new friends find what appears to be a dusty copy of Verne’s collected works in an old bookshop, they’re intrigued by the hidden codes written inside. As one clue leads to another, the trio gets swept up in an epic treasure hunt spanning the city—from the depths of the catacombs to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and by way of skateboard, boat, car, and even a hot air balloon! But they quickly realize they’re not the only ones searching for the hidden riches, and that there are others who will stop at nothing to get to them first. This fast-paced larger-than-life adventure is filled with action, high stakes, and three friends who are dead set on cracking the Jules Verne mystery.
About the Author
Larry Schwarz is a creator and producer of live action and animated series for kids, teens, and families. He’s best known for Nickelodeon’s anime comedy Kappa Mikey and Speed Racer: The Next Generation and the live action series Thumb Wrestling Federation for Cartoon Network; Team Toon, a Netflix Original; and Alien Dawn for Nickelodeon. In addition to The Jules Verne Prophecy, he has co-authored Romeo, Juliet & Jim with Iva-Marie Palmer. He lives in New York City.
Iva-Marie Palmer is the author of the middle grade series Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook, and the young adult novels The End of the World As We Know It; Romeo, Juliet & Jim (with Larry Schwarz); The Summers; and Gimme Everything You Got. She lives in Burbank, California, with her husband and two sons.
Praise for The Jules Verne Prophecy:
"In this quick-moving adventure, a rare text sparks a treasure hunt for an American middle schooler in Paris…. Highlighting Verne’s classic stories alongside Paris’s history and iconic locations, the creators give the three friends ample chemistry as they race around the city by various thrilling means, bonding over their escapades in this energetic thriller."—Publishers Weekly
"Jet off to Paris and the peculiar world of Jules Verne fanatics in this fun middle-grade adventure, set against the backdrop of a summer class themed around the famous sci fi writer…. Full of larger-than-life twists (including a kidnapped parent, evil schemes, and police chases) this novel perfectly pairs real-life city adventures with a literary puzzle for the ages. Fans of puzzle games, fast-paced adventures with short chapters, and movies like Uncharted will devour this book."—Booklist
"This book is filled with jewels: I adored the charismatic characters, the iconic setting, and especially all of the high-stakes moments that kids will relish. It’s a fabulous adventure that reads like a dream vacation."—Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York
"Towers and treasures and clues, oh my! Palmer and Schwarz deftly weave epic adventure with laugh-out-loud humor and genuine middle-grade heart. The Jules Verne Prophecy is one part Goonies, one part National Treasure (if that nation were France), and one-hundred percent wild ride!"—Micol Ostow, author of Nancy Drew: The Curse, Life is Better with Friends, and the Riverdale graphic novel collection
"An old book shop, hidden codes, a secret treasure, and Jules Verne! A wild acton-filled tale that lets readers use their brains to solve a fantastical mystery!"—David Mandel, Emmy Award-winning executive producer of "Veep”