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Listen, Read, Watch: The 3:15 Project


Patrick Carman comes up with the best stuff. He is the author of The Skeleton Creek series as well as The 39 Clues and seems to have his hand in lots of interesting projects. His books are interactive and usually include an online element. Kids are asked to read and then go online to unlock the clues. Nifty, eh?

This time around, Patrick and PC Studio have created the 3:15 Project. What does every teen or tween seem to have these days? A cell phone! The 3:15 Project is app based. The reader is asked to Listen, Read and Watch (that’s the “3” part) and the stories are 15 minutes or less and you read them from a device. Isn’t that clever? My son is a reluctant reader but he is always on his phone and fifteen minutes is easy enough to work in without making it seem like work.

If you’d like to read more about the project or see a short clip, click here. The Android and Apple apps are free and can be downloaded from the site.

Additionally, Patrick has been extremely supportive of book bloggers and his enthusiasm for his projects is contagious so if you support the project, tell a friend or better yet, share it with a teen!

Review: Trackers

Trackers Book Cover

Trackers #1
Patrick Carman
May 2010
224 pp

The Short of It:

A fun, new series by the author of Skeleton Creek.

The Rest of It:

Patrick Carman has managed to do it again. In Trackers, we meet four tech-savvy teens, Adam, Emily, Finn and Lewis. They track the digital trails left behind by others and in doing so, become involved in the search for dangerous hacker. Or so it seems.

As with his previous books, Trackers combines reading with an online video component. As readers go through the story, they are provided with a password and directed to a website for more information. Watch the video, get the clues. Sounds fun? It is.

Young adults are hard to impress. You have to keep them guessing and I feel that Carman is very successful at doing this. The videos are engaging and the acting is pretty good too. Kids are a lot more savvy these days when it comes to technology so including the online component is a smart way to engage them.

This particular story deals with high-tech gadgets which is also a huge interest to kids today. This series is geared towards the 9-12 group and I have to say that I agree. Kids in this age range will enjoy this series.

My only complaint, is the abrupt ending. I actually flipped through pages to see if I missed something since I was reading an ARC. Yes, there’s a little bit of a postscript but I really felt the need to run out and get the next book and of course, the next book isn’t out yet.

Story of my life.

Overall, I’d say that this will be another hit series for Carman.

If you’d like to check out website for more info, click here.

Source: This ARC was sent to me by Scholastic.