WE DID IT! We got the #1 spot in the Nerdist competition!
Thank you all so much. The outpouring of support from you guys BLEW ME AWAY. To everyone who pre-ordered a copy (or three!), I just want to tell you again how much I truly appreciate it. If I had any human feelings left I might almost be moved, but as you know I got rid of those around 1998.
THANKS TO YOU, Champions of the Third Planet will be in your mailbox or your inbox or on Amazon or at your local bookstore later this year! I really can’t thank you guys enough.
Now everybody QUIET! I have to get back to writing...
Apparently some folks had trouble seeing this image in my earlier update so here it is again at a lower resolution. Plus why not take a second look? You got better things to do?
Check out this amazing concept art that a friend of mine did -- it’s still a work in progress (!) but it made me extremely happy when I saw it. It’s basically my childhood fantasy in one image. Is that weird?
This is the last weekend of the Nerdist contest, so if you haven’t already pre-ordered Champions of the Third Planet, now is the time!
Another real kid review:
My daughter read the Chapters you posted. Here is her review: I really like this book so far. The story, setting and characters are quite interesting. Also, the author, Mr. Leone, uses alot of humorous figurative language,which I really enjoy. I just finished reading Chapter Three, and I’m surprised that Milo is so scared of the bullies that he doesn’t think twice before going into the orb that is in the forest to hide until he finds out that he doesn’t know how get out...but then the orb lets him out. Why? I can’t help but to be curious... about what is gonna happen next. I really want to read more! Please finish writing the book ASAP!!! = Danika age 10
Thanks Danika! So glad you liked it.
I don’t know about you guys but I had a cool day yesterday: I got to read the first chapter of Champions of the Third Planet to the fourth and fifth graders at Mid-City’s Prescott School of Enriched Sciences here in Los Angeles.
It’s been a looooong time since I was in elementary school but the students and teachers and Principal Panes were very welcoming and highly enthusiastic. I also got to leave before anybody gave out homework.
This was the first time I’ve read any of the book to anybody and I thought the reaction was FANTASTIC -- I hope the kids agree. The room got really quiet when I started to read about Milo and the Orb, the kids seemed to spark to the idea and asked me a lot of great questions afterward -- I really, really enjoyed it. Hopefully I can return when the book is on the shelves...
Just did this really fun interview with A Fantastical Librarian, a blog about middle grade sci-fi and fantasy books -- you can check it out here:http://www.afantasticallibrarian.com/2016/02/author-query-christopher-leone.html
Another review from a real kid!
I love this book! Milo made me think to myself -"What would I do in his situation?"- I loved the character descriptions, and the orb’s effect on not only the main characters, but the settting and animals themeselves. Keep writing, I would love to read MORE! -----Payton 11 yrs. old