Pasi Pitkänen
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approx. 100 pages, four-colour illustrations

Kepler62 – Book Two: Countdown

Kirja kaksi: Lähtölaskenta

Second part of the bestselling series! Be part of the story – An adventure awaits!

All around the world children are trying to complete all levels of the game Kepler62. In Norway, Marie, the 14-year-old daughter of a wealthy arms manufacturer, uses some unorthodox methods to beat the odds and win. But to win what? She is flown to Area 51 in Nevada to join a very select group of children who are in training for space travel and more. The group is preparing to leave the Earth for a quest to settle on a faraway planet Kepler62e which should, or rather might, be capable of supporting life. Area 51 lives up to its reputation: Marie discovers a Whisperer, an imprisoned alien. The Whisperer warns her about going on the space voyage. But Marie shall find that dropping out is not a viable option.

The bestselling authors from Norway and Finland; Bjørn Sortland and Timo Parvela, got together with the inventive and talented Illustrator Pasi Pitkänen, and united their remarkable skills to create the Kepler62 series.  This breath-taking adventure spans over six titles in Season1, to tests friendship, brotherhood, and courage in the unexplored reaches of the outer space. Kepler62 has been published simultaneously in Finland and Norway, and is already reaching children in all corners of the world as rights have been sold to 15 languages to date. TWO TRIBES kicked off the Season 2 of Kepler62 The New World in 2018. Book 2 THE ISLAND and Book 3 THE WHISPERERS’ LAIR will be published in 2019.

Colour illustrated

Series Titles:

Season 1 – Kepler62:
Book 1 INVITATION, 2015
Book 2 COUNTDOWN, 2015
Book 3 VOYAGE, 2016
Book 4 PIONEERS, 2016
Book 5 VIRUS, 2017
Book 6 SECRET 2017

Season 2 – Kepler62 The New World:
Book 1 TWO TRIBES, 2018
Book 2 ISLAND, July 2019
Book 3 WHISPERERS’ LAIR, September 2019
Book 4 publication in July 2020
Book 5 publication in September 2020

Reading materials
English translation, set in layout
Finnish/Norwegian/Czech/Dutch/Estonian/Faroese/French/Hungarian/Icelandic/Korean/Latvian/Turkish/Spanish Editions

Rights sold
Czech (Host)
Dutch (Clavis)
Estonian (Ajakirjade kirjastus>HeaLugu)
Faroese (Bókadeildin)
Finnish (WSOY)
French (Nathan)
German (Kosmos)
Hungarian (Pagony)
Icelandic (Bókabeitan)
Korean (Jaeum&Moeum)
Latvian (Zvaigzne ABC)
Norwegian (Piggsvin)
Simplified Chinese (Mysterium)
Spanish (Grupo SM)
Turkish (Can Publishing)

Awards, nominations
Arvid Lydecken Prize, nomination 2015