“It is difficult to find homeschool curriculum that engages the mind and the heart like Michael Vey has done. The creative activities, games and discussions about difficult challenges engage the student and makes this curriculum a must for any homeschooling family. Our kids loved learning from Michael Vey.”
—Dale & Michelle Bartlett, Homeschool Parents of 12 years, authors of Have Kids Will Travel, noted homeschool speakers
A LETTER FROM RICHARD PAUL EVANS
Getting a kid to put aside a video game or turn off a television program and read a book instead is a daunting challenge. Still, every now and then, the right book or series comes along that engages kids to do just that—books like Goosebumps, Harry Potter, or Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 is one of those books.
When I finished writing Michael Vey, I was curious to see what an educator thought of it, so I gave a copy of my manuscript to my thirteen-year-old son’s English teacher, Mrs. Daskalis. Mrs. Daskalis warned me that it was a busy time for her, so it might be a few weeks before I heard back from her. I was surprised to hear from her the next day. “I love, love, love the book,” she said. “I couldn’t put it down. Would you mind if I taught from it?”
A few weeks later, Mrs. Daskalis introduced Michael Vey to her one hundred eighty students with remarkable success. In Mrs. Daskalis’s words, “In eighteen years of teaching, I’ve never had a book impact my students the way Michael Vey did. I had students improving their grades from F’s to A’s. Students started coming to class every morning before school to read.”
A month or so later we introduced Michael Vey to two more middle schools in two more cities. The response was nearly identical. One comment we heard repeatedly from teachers was that Michael Vey had gotten through to their reluctant male readers. “You got boys to read!” one teacher said joyously. “It’s remarkable.”
Later, when Michael Vey was released to the rest of the country, it immediately hit #1 on the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists. Within days we began hearing positive reports from parents and teachers around the world. One educator in Australia wrote, “Please hurry with the next book in the series. My students are Michael Vey crazy. . . .”
In addition to getting nonreaders to read, there’s another reason I think the Michael Vey series has value. In the last few years there has been a disturbing trend in YA books toward darker, more dystopian, hopeless points of view. As a parent, I’m not a fan of providing dysfunctional life scripts to my children—there are already enough of those messages in today’s media. Michael Vey may, at times, be scary and intense, but ultimately it’s hopeful. Michael, the protagonist, is loyal and loving—a radical concept for a YA book in today’s market.
With multiple movie offers, the world publishing community snatching up the international book rights, and strong, ongoing national sales, we’re hoping for big things for the Michael Vey series. But to me, just as important as the book’s commercial success, is the powerful experience that occurs quietly within the imagination of a young student’s mind when a book inspires them. I’m grateful for those books that, in my youth, taught me to dream and reach higher. I hope you have just as wonderful an experience with Michael Vey in your classroom as other educators have around the world.
Best wishes and happy reading,
Richard Paul Evans
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ABOUT THE SERIES
Michael Vey can do things that shouldn’t be possible – like channel hundreds of volts of electricity. And he’s not alone. There are other kids out there with special powers just like him. Now they’re all being hunted by a top secret organization. Can Michael and his friends survive long enough to find out how this happened to them?
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DO YOU KNOW A YOUTH WITH SPECIAL CHALLENGES?
Michael Vey is one of the first literary heroes with a disability: Michael has Tourette’s syndrome. One mother of a child with TS wrote: “After reading Michael Vey, my son feels powerful for the first time in his life. He’s trying things he’s never done before…” A 13-year-old reader wrote: “Like Michael, I also have Tourette’s. For the first time I don’t feel like a freak anymore.” Since he and his son also have TS, Richard Paul Evans says, “nothing could make me happier then to see these youth empowered.”
MICHAEL VEY HAS RECEIVED RAVE REVIEWS FROM HUNDREDS OF READERS, INCLUDING SOME YOU’LL RECOGNIZE:
“My kind of book-fast, funny, and strange. Once Michael’s astounding powers are revealed, the shocks keep coming chapter after chapter.” – R.L. Stine, #1 bestselling author of Goosebumps
“Michael Vey is one of the most original thrillers I’ve come across in years. It’s rare that a book can appeal to a young adult just as much as their parents-but Evans has pulled it off.” – Vince Flynn, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
“Michael Vey is fantastic. You won’t be able to put it down.” – Glenn Beck, #1 bestselling author and radio personality
“In more than 20 years of teaching I’ve never had my students enjoy a book as much as Michael Vey. Finally a book boys will read!” – Pat Daskalis, English teacher, Churchill Jr. High
RICHARD PAUL EVANS
Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than twenty-five novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than twenty million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than twenty-four languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Mothers Book Award, the Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Audience Gold Award for Romance, two Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Awards, the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children. You can learn more about Richard on Facebook at Facebook.com/RPEFans, or visit his website, RichardPaulEvans.com.