Illustrator(s)
Pasi Pitkänen
Publication date
2015
Publisher
WSOY
Format info
128 pages, 4-colour illustrations

Kepler62 Book One: The Call

Kepler62 Kirja yksi: Kutsu

Be part of the story – An adventure awaits!

Announcing the start of a new children’s book series created by three popular names. Come along on an exciting space adventure.

The Earth’s natural resources are running out, and the Global Government has decided to send a group of kids on a journey to investigate an Earth-like planet that might be capable of supporting life. In order to be eligible for the mission, kids have to complete all levels of a videogame called Kepler-62. The players are selected for a training camp and then the journey to the planet Kepler-62 can begin. But not everything is as it seems…

This six-part space adventure takes readers on an exciting journey through outer space. The young voyagers become settlers when they reach Kepler-62e, and they are faced with difficult choices. They encounter alien beings, illness and finally the truth behind the lies. Who would you save?

Authors Timo Parvela from Finland and Bjørn Sortland from Norway, together with Finnish illustrator Pasi Pitkänen, have created a fascinating world where friendships are put in the balance in the unexplored reaches of outer space. These books are being published simultaneously in Finland and Norway.

 Kepler62 Official

The Call (Kutsu, WSOY 2015) was shortlisted for the Arvid Lydecken Prize 2015.

Synopsis for Book One: Call

13-year-old Ari is looking after his sick brother Joni. They live in a world with dramatically dwindling natural resources. The brothers spend their free time playing the new Kepler videogame that everybody’s talking about. They manage to make it into the small group who have completed every level of the game. Nobody knows what will happen to those who have completed the final level, but wild rumours are flying around. Maybe it’s not just a game, but a call. But who put out the call, and where will it lead them?

Publishing schedule

Book 1 Call, 2015
Book 2 Countdown, 2015
Book 3 Voyage, 2016
Book 4 Pioneers, 2016
Book 5 Virus, COMING July 2017
Book 6 Secret, COMING October 2017

Reading materials

English sample
Finnish edition
Norwegian edition

Rights sold

Czech (Host)
Dutch (Clavis)
Estonian (Ajakirjade kirjastus)
Faroese (Bókadeildin)
French (Nathan)
Hungarian (Pagony)
Icelandic (Bókabeitan)
Korean (Jaeum&Moeum)
Latvian (Zvaigzne ABC)
Turkish (Can Publishing)

 

Praise for the work

“The details and the plot of Parvela and Sortland’s ambitious series are carefully polished. The series gets off to such a flying start that you can’t help but be absorbed into its far from ordinary world.” – Savon sanomat, newspaper

“Right from the very first book, Parvela and Sortland bring up many themes that add depth to their dystopia, while the book is still primarily an entertaining and fast-moving novel. In this case, the entertainment and fast-moving plot are advantages as Kepler 62 also draws in the kinds of kids who tend not to enjoy books. But bookworms like the collaboration between Parvela, Sortland and Pitkänen too. After all, who doesn’t love a well-written adventure?” – Lumiomena blog

“Pasi Pitkänen’s illustrations are a major part of the book and in places the particularly dark pictures, which speak volumes, create powerful additional tension alongside the text. […] [The illustrations] are so well-placed within the text and are so successful that the pictures immediately catch the reader’s eye, move the story forward and, at the most exciting parts, even send a shiver down your spine…” – Nuorille ja naperoille children’s book blog