"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
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
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.
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
Please join the Michael Vey Educators Page on
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?
DO YOU KNOW A YOUTH WITH SPECIAL
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.com/RPEFans, or visit