Pasi Pitkänen
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128 pages, 4-colour illustrations

Kepler62 – Book 1: Invitation

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INVITATION is the first book in the bestselling Kepler62-series. It is also an invitation to readers to join an adventure that is out of this world – most literally!

Overpopulation has caused a dramatic decline in Earth’s natural resources and people are struggling to survive. 13-year-old Ari is at home looking after his little brother Jon as their mother is on one of her extended stays away, looking for work, food, hope. Everyone is talking about a new game, Kepler62, that is rumoured to offer something extra for those who manage to clear all the levels. Ari’s attempt to nick one from the shop has been a total failure but to his surprise Jon has been given one! And by a total stranger! The game proves to be difficult, more so than they originally thought. Ari and Jon play together, day and night, united in their quest to learn if Kepler62 is more than just a game.

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

Praise for the work

“We were particularly looking for series for reluctant readers, highly illustrated short texts, suspenseful and easy to read. KEPLER62 is an exact fit!” – Cécile Verdier, Nathan, France

“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 are powerless to resist the pull of its most extraordinary 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 still remains primarily an entertaining and fast-moving novel. In this case, the entertainment and fast-moving plot are advantages as Kepler 62 also draws in children who tend not to enjoy books. But bookworms shall also enjoy the collaboration between Parvela, Sortland and Pitkänen. 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