Scholastic has announced plans to launch Infinity Ring, an alternate-history time travel series for readers ages 8-12. The series will be written by a team of six authors. The series will combine books, an interactive Hystorian's Guide map and an online game experience.
In the series two kids discover a hand-held device (The Infinity Ring) that acts as the key to time travel. They discover a battle for the fate of manking that has been raging for centuries. Here is Scholastic's description of the series:
History is broken, and a long-feared Cataclysm seems imminent. The capital of the United States is Boston. Lincoln's face is nowhere to be seen on Mount Rushmore. Everyone's buzzing about the French royal wedding. And an international group of men and women known as the SQ is more powerful than kings, richer than nations, and more fearsome than armies. When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the key to time travel – a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring – they're swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Recruited by the Hystorians, a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, the kids learn that history has gone completely, and disastrously, off-course. Now it's up to Dak, Sera, and teenage Hystorian-in-training Riq to travel back in time to fix the "Great Breaks" ... and to save Dak's missing parents while they're at it. First stop: Spain, 1492, where a sailor named Christopher Columbus is about to be thrown overboard in a deadly mutiny!
Infinity Ring will launch simultaneously in September 2012 in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Book 1: A Mutiny in Time
is written by author James Dashner, who also outlined the program's overall story arc. Dashner will be followed Carrie Ryan (Book 2; November 2012), Lisa McMann (Book 3; February 2013), Matt de la Pena (Book 4; June 2013), Matthew Kirby (Book 5; September 2013), and Jennifer Nielsen (Book 6; December 2013). The last book in the Infinity Ring series also will be written by James Dashner (Book 7; March 2014).