Danica Davidson Minecrafters Blog Tour

Guest Post

Minecraft is a popular game around the world, where your imagination is the limit in terms of what you want to build and what you want to do. So why not make stories that take place here?

            Three years ago I started writing adventure novels that just happen to take place as if Minecraft is a real world. I did that on purpose, so that both Minecraft fans and kids who just enjoy a good adventure can take part. The main character, Stevie, is an 11-year-old boy who lives in the Minecraft world and he accidentally finds a portal to Earth.

            So what happens then? Lots of things. Stevie meets Maison, an 11-year-old bullied girl who just started at a new school and is feeling left out. But she also likes to build and create, though so far no one is really noticing or encouraging her creativity. She and Stevie end up having to save the school when zombies and other monsters get through the portal, and from there they have to stop cyberbullies from taking over Minecraft, put an end to Herobrine, a monster created by cyberbullies who therefore only knows how to think like one, and stop a vicious Wither from destroying the Minecraft world. That’s all in the first series, which covers the books Escape from the Overworld, Attack on the Oveworld, The Rise of Herobrine, Down into the Nether, The Armies of Herobrine and Battle with the Wither. In other words, I wanted to mix fast-paced, heart-pounding adventure with real life stuff that kids go through. Sometimes it’s easier to talk about real things when you put it in a fantastic setting.

            On November 7, the box set of the first series is coming out, and the first book in my spinoff series, Adventure Against the Endermen, is being released. Stevie, Maison and their friends will have to face new monsters and new adventures, but it also will continue to mix in real-life concerns and issues that face kids. So whether you’re a Minecraft fan or want a middle grade read where almost every chapter ends with a cliffhanger, I hope you’ll stop on by!

Escape from Overworld

From the publisher of The Quest of the Diamond Sword and Battle of the Nether comes a new novel for Minecrafters which takes on a spellbinding battle that brings Stevie and zombie mobs into the real world!

Stevie is in for a big surprise while building his treehouse: he’s first attacked by a creeper, and then must take on a group of zombies! The near miss has him feeling like the worst mob fighter in Minecraft, so when he finds a portal into a brand-new world, he’s willing to take his chances.

He steps out of a computer screen and into the room of a sixth-grade girl Maison, who’s a talented Minecraft builder. Stevie is shocked by how different this world is, and Maison takes him under her wing. But soon the two friends learn zombies have also made their way out of the portal!

More and more creatures are slipping out by the second, wreaking havoc on a world that has no idea how to handle zombies, creepers, giant spiders, and the like. Stevie and Maison must put their heads together and use their combined talents in order to push the zombies back into Minecraft, where they belong. As Stevie and Maison’s worlds become more combined, their adventure becomes intense and even more frightening than they could have ever imagined.

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Buy the first book in the series, Escape from the Overworld, on Amazon.

 

 

 

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