PROJECT DROID BOOK TRAILER!!!

 

At Sky Pony Press, we love being totally silly. And nothing gets sillier than the PROJECT DROID series by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Krulik and Amanda Burwasser, brought to life with the side-splitting illustrations of Mike Moran.

But now we have something even more exciting! Because Logan and Java just got a BOOK TRAILER!

Check it out here, and then go check out PROJECT DROID!

 

Science No Fair!

When you have an android cousin, losing your head takes on a whole new meaning!

There’s nothing Logan Applebaum has ever wanted more than to have another kid around the house. So when his inventor mom builds him a robot cousin, Logan’s really excited—until he finds out that it’s not so easy keeping Java’s android identity a secret. Becasue even though Java is really smart, he doesn’t seem to understand anything.

Still, with the third grade science fair coming up, having a cousin with a computer for a brain might come in handy. Does having Java around mean Logan finally has a chance at winning first prize? Or will those nasty, super-sneaky Silverspoon twins outsmart him again?


Soccer Shocker!

The Purple Wombats’ secret weapon has a really big secret.

Anyone would love having a super-scoring robot Java on his team. Well anyone except Java’s human cousin, Logan. That’s because, up until now, Logan has been the Wombat’s top scorer—and he has no desire to share the field with the team’s new start player. Especially because Java won’t let the other kids get near the ball—never mind the goal.

If it were up to Logan, he would just kick Java right off the field. Because as far as Logan is concerned, there’s no in team, and there shouldn’t be a droid on one, either.

 


My Robot Ate My Homework

How in the world can Logan get out of this mess?

Logan has the perfect plan for all of his pesky homework—just have his cousin, Java, do it for him. With a robot cousin, Logan’s pretty much guaranteed straight As.

But when Mrs. Perriwinkle announces that the class will have a geography bee, Logan realizes that if he doesn’t start filling his own hard drive with facts, he’ll be exposed as a cheater.

The competition’s going to be tough. Can Logan outsmart the mega-mean Silverspoon twins and a cousin who’s a super computer to come out on top?

 

 


Nancy Krulik is the author of more than two hundred books for children and young adults including three New York Times bestsellers and the popular Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo; George Brown, Class Clown; and Magic Bone series. She lives in New York City with her husband and crazy beagle mix.

Amanda Burwasser holds a BFA with honors in creative writing from Pratt Institute in New York City. Her senior thesis earned her the coveted Pratt Circle Award. A preschool teacher, she resides in California.

Mike Moran is a dad, husband, and illustrator. His illustrations can be seen in children’s books, animation, magazines, games, World Series programs, and more. He lives in New Jersey.

 

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NCTE Preview – All the Sky Pony Details You Need to Know

Sky Pony is very excited that we’ll be at NCTE this year. Here’s all the information you need to know about booth number, panels, signings, and giveaways.

For more on the books, look below the schedule.

Stop by the booth and say hi!  We can’t wait to see you!

NCTE

Friday, November 18 – Sunday November, 20

Booth #236

 

Friday, Nov 18

1:00-2:00pm GIVEAWAY: Project Droid #1: Science No Fair! by Nancy Krulik and Amanda Burwasser, illustrated by Mike Moran (Chapter Book)

3:00-4:00pm GIVEAWAY: The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs (Adult)

 

Saturday, Nov 19

8:00-9:15am PANEL: Making Space for Advocacy in YA Speculative Fiction – Tara Sim, author of Timekeeper – B218 (YA)

10:00-11:00am AUTHOR SIGNING: Melissa Hurst, The Edge of Forever (YA)

12:30-1:45pm PANEL: Diverse Voices in YA Historical Fiction Tara Sim, author of Timekeeper – B402 (YA)

2:00-3:00pm GIVEAWAY: The Phantom Virus (Middle Grade)

2:45 – 4pm PANEL: Authors Exploring Diverse Perspectives in the Classroom – Tara Sim, author of Timekeeper – A404 (YA)

4:00-5:00pm AUTHOR SIGNING: Tara Sim, Timekeeper (YA)

 

Sunday, Nov 20

9:00-10:00am GIVEAWAY: The Inspired Teacher by Donna Quesada (Adult, Educator)

10:00-11:00am AUTHOR SIGNING: Sarah Reida, Monsterville: A Lissa Black Production (Middle Grade)


science-no-fair-9781510710184When you have an android cousin, losing your head takes on a whole new meaning.

There’s nothing Logan Applebaum has ever wanted more than to have another kid around the house. So when his inventor mom builds him a robot cousin, Logan’s really excited–until he finds out that it’s not so easy keeping Java;s android identity a secret. Because even though Java is really smart, he doesn’t seem to understand anything.

Still, with the third grade science fair coming up, having a cousin with a computer for a brain just might come in handy. Does having Java around mean Logan finally has a chance at winning first prize? Or will those nasty, super-sneaky Silverspoon twins outsmart him again?

 

 

 

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Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Revolution, and featuring a cast of legendary characters, The Hamilton Affair tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, from passionate and tender beginnings to his fateful duel on the banks of the Hudson River.

Hamilton was a bastard and orphan, raised in the Caribbean and desperate for legitimacy, who became one of the American Revolution’s most dashing—and improbable—heroes. Admired by George Washington, scorned by Thomas Jefferson, Hamilton was a lightning rod: the most controversial leader of the new nation. Elizabeth was the wealthy, beautiful, adventurous daughter of the respectable Schuyler clan—and a pioneering advocate for women. Together, the unlikely couple braved the dangers of war, the perils of seduction, the anguish of infidelity, and the scourge of partisanship that menaced their family and the country itself.

With brilliantly drawn characters and an epic scope, The Hamilton Affair tells a story of love forged in revolution and tested by the bitter strife of young America.

 

 


timekeeper-9781510706187-2I was in an accident. I got out. I’m safe now. 

An alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, where a damaged clock can fracture time–and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

A prodigy mechanic who can repair not only clockwork, but time itself, determined to rescue his father from a Stopped town.

A series of mysterious bombings that could jeopardize all of England.

A boy who would give anything to relive his part, and one who would give anything to live at all.

A romance that will shake the very foundations of time.

The first book in a dazzling new steampunk-fantasy trilogy, Timekeeper introduces a magical world of mythology and innovation that readers will never want to leave.


In 2013, sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her.

edge-of-forever-9781632204240In 2146, seventeen-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. While on a routine school time trip, he sees the last person he expected—his dead father. The strangest part is that, according to the Department of Temporal Affairs, his father was never assigned to be in that time. Bridger’s even more stunned when he learns that his by-the-book father was there to break the most important rule of time travel—to prevent someone’s murder.

And that someone is named Alora.

Determined to discover why his father wanted to help a “ghost,” Bridger illegally shifts to 2013 and, along with Alora, races to solve the mystery surrounding her past and her connection to his father before the DTA finds him. If he can stop Alora’s death without altering the timeline, maybe he can save his father too.

 


phantom-virus Herobrine has crafted an evil game for Gameknight999 to play.

Herobrine, the artificially intelligent virus, was deleted. The computer it resided in was completely destroyed. Without their leader, the few survivors of its evil army were cast away into the shadows. It looked as if there would finally be peace and happiness throughout the servers of Minecraft.

But suddenly, and mysteriously, software began misbehaving. Sheep fell from the sky. Snowballs appeared out of nowhere. What seemed at first like harmless glitches quickly became dangerous. Pigs begin walking backwards, it starts to snow in the middle of the desert, and sheep are falling from the sky.

Gameknight999, the User-that-is-not-a-user, has no choice but to investigate. But the odd yet harmless pranks are turning deadly, and it’s not long before entire villages are completely destroyed. Examining the arrogant clues, Gameknight is no longer so sure that Herobrine was destroyed after all. Is it possible he escaped? Everything points towards a deadly trap far worse than anything that Minecraft has seen before. Will Gameknight solve the puzzle before the Overworld is destroyed?

 


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Donna Quesada had been teaching for about a dozen years when the first signs of burnout hit her. Rather than give in to her frustration, she reached for Buddha’s teachings, the Zen wisdom that formed the basis of her own longtime spiritual practice. She survived the semester and gradually rediscovered the joy in her job that had been progressively declining. In this wise and inspirational book, she shares the lessons she learned—lessons that revealed, time and again, that no matter the situation, it’s always about getting your head in the right place first. Resolution begins in our own minds. Some days, some semesters, and even some years will be more challenging and more wearisome than others, she warns. But in The Inspired Teacher, Quesada offers a lasting source of encouragement and Zen. Although the book draws from Eastern teachings, the wisdom is for everyone, regardless of personal background, creed, or faith.

With elements of The Last Lecture as well as Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul, this is the perfect gift for teachers—but also for anyone needing inspiration.

 


monsterville-9781510707337 Beware what lurks beneath your bed. . . . It could lead to a monstrous adventure.

Thirteen-year-old Lissa Black is miserable when her parents force her to move from New York City (the perfect home for an aspiring writer/director/actress) to Freeburg, Pennsylvania, nowhere capital of the world. There’s nothing to do there, except play her little sister Haylie’s favorite new game, Monsterville, and hang out with her new neighbor Adam.

But when a walk in the woods lands her face-to-face with a swamp monster hungry for brains and then a Sasquatch that moos, even Lissa can’t call her new home totally boring. With Adam’s help, she catches the culprit behind the drama: a shape-shifting goblin who’s fled from the monster world of Down Below.

And what do you do with a creature that can be literally anything? Make monster movies, of course! Lissa is convinced that Blue will be the secret to her big break.

But when Haylie goes missing on Halloween, Lissa, Adam, and the monster must venture Down Below to stage a rescue—and face the real Monsterville, which is anything but a game.

Monsterville is a fusion of The Boxtrolls, Jumanji, and Candyland, weaving together friendship, family, and monsters into a funny fantasy-horror brimming with heart from a great new middle grade voice.

 

 

 

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Q&A with Project Droid Authors Nancy Krulik and Amanda Burwasser

We have a special treat today. We’re interviewing not one, but two authors on the blog!. The first two books in the Project Droid chapter book series, Science No Fair! and Soccer Shocker! just hit the shelves. Authors Nancy Krulik and Amanda Burwasser were kind enough to sit down and answer our questions to give us a little bit more insight into who they are and how they came to write these hilarious books. They’ve known each other forever—they’re mother and daughter, after all—and now they’re going to answer our questions!

 

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1. Why did you gravitate to the genre that you write in?

Nancy: I think, deep in my heart, I am a third grader. And I love watching kids discover that reading is fun. Chapter books are the first books kids gravitate to once they’ve stopped decoding and begun comprehending. Also, I don’t have the patience or stick-to-itness for the time it takes to write a whole novel.

Amanda: I work with children and wanted to be able to write things my students would enjoy.

2. What are you reading right now?

Nancy: Max Perkins, Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg

AmandaWaging Heavy Peace by Neil Young

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3. If you could be a character in any children’s book, who would you be and why?

Nancy: Nancy Drew—she’s smart and funny and she used to drive a roadster. Not that I know what a roadster is exactly, but still, it sounds super cool.

Amanda: Max imaxn Where the Wild Things Are, because like Max I like create my own little worlds inside in my head.

 

 

 

 

4. Where’s your favorite place to write? 

Nancy: I always write in our piano room—partially because it’s right next to the kitchen which is great for snack and coffee breaks, and partially because it’s bright and right in the center of things.

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Amanda: Under my apple tree in my yard.

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5. What’s your favorite classic movie?

Nancy: Does The Rocky Horror Picture Show count as classic? If not, anything with the Marx Brothers (I was raised on their films).

AmandaBreakfast at Tiffany’s—I’ve loved that movie since I was a little girl.

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6. If you could have any animal as a pet (current or extinct), what would it be?

Nancy: I think I would stick with my dog, Josie. She’s a crazy beagle mix, and she makes me nuts, but I’m pretty crazy about her.

Amanda: A unicorn.

7. Milk, dark, or white chocolate?

Nancy: Dark chocolate is healthier, but milk chocolate is the ultimate treat (especially with raisins and almonds!)

Amanda: Milk chocolate.

8. What’s your favorite holiday?

Nancy: My kids’ birthdays! (And Halloween.)

Amanda: Halloween.

9. What’s your favorite emoji?

Nancy: I love the food ones—particularly coffee. coffee

Amanda: Rock On!  rock-on

10. What did you want to grow up to be when you were Logan’s age?

Nancy: I wanted to be an actress—or, more accurately, a movie star like Katharine Hepburn. (I told you I was raised on old movies, right?) But I am the world’s worst actress, ever! Amanda, on the other hand is extremely talented in the theater arts.

Amanda: Either a member of the Spice Girls or an actress.  I actually was an actress for a while, but I never became a Spice Girl.


Science No Fair 9781510710184 Science No Fair!

When you have an android cousin, losing your head take on a whole new meaning!

There’s nothing Logan Applebaum has ever wanted more than to have another kid around the house. SO when his inventor mom builds him a robot cousin, Logan’s really excited—until he finds out that it’s not so easy keeping Java’s android identity a secret. Because even though Java is really smart, he doesn’t seem to understand anything.

Still, with the third grade science fair coming up, having a cousin with a computer for a brain just might come in handy. Does having Java around mean Logan finally has a chance at winning first prize? Or will those nasty, super-sneaky Silverspoon twins outsmart him again?

 

Soccer Shocker 9781510710191

Soccer Shocker!

The Purple Wombats’ secret weapon has a really big secret.

Anyone would love having a super-scoring robot Java on his soccer team. Well anyone except Java’s human cousin, Logan. That’s because, up until now, Logan has been the Wombats’ top scorer—and he has no desire to share the field with the team’s new start player. Especially because Java won’t let the other kids get near the ball—never mind score any goals. If it were up to Logan, he would just kick Java right off the field. Because as far as Logan is concerned, there’s no I in team, and there shouldn’t be a droid on one, either.

 

 

Praise for Project Droid:

“This quirky new chapter book series is fast-paced and full of Amelia Bedelia–style gags. Moran’s black-and-white cartoon drawings add to the humor and appeal. Java is an endearingly naive and enthusiastic character, and Logan is believable as a frustrated kid trying to keep his cousin’s robot nature a secret. VERDICT This entertaining new series will appeal to fans of funny stories and robots.” —School Library Journal

[F]unny enough to keep fledgling readers turning pages.” —Kirkus Reviews


Nancy Krulik is the author of more than two hundred books for children and young adults including three New York Times bestsellers and the popular Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo; George Brown, Class Clown; and Magic Bone series. She lives in New York City with her husband and crazy beagle mix.

Amanda Burwasser holds a BFA with honors in Creative Writing from Pratt Institute in New York City. Her senior thesis, a screenplay entitled Born to Me, earned her the coveted Pratt Circle Award upon graduation. This former native New Yorker is now a preschool teacher residing in Santa Rosa, California.

Mike Moran is a dad, husband, and illustrator. He has worked for really fun clients, and his illustrations can be seen in children’s books, animation, magazines, games, World Series programs, and more. He often dreams of playing first base for the New York Mets, being a songwriter in Nashville or the fifth Beatle. He lives in Florham Park, New Jersey.

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ALA Guide: The Sky Pony Edition

It’s nearly  time for the hottest event in Children’s/YA since BEA! That’s right! ALA is almost here!

Friday, June 24 through Monday, June 27, Skyhorse will be at the American Library Annual Conference, which will be held this year at the Orange County Convention Center—West Concourse (9800 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819).

For those of you who will be attending, here’s your cheat sheet for galley giveaways and author appearances! Make sure you stop by Skyhorse booth #2236 to get in on the fun!


SIGNINGS!

Come meet some of your favorite Sky Pony authors!

Nancy Krulik and Amanda Burwasser

Project Droid: Science No Fair! and Soccer Shocker

Saturday, June 25 – 10-11AM

Science No Fair 9781510710184   Science No Fair!: It’s a pretty normal day for Logan Applebaum—until his inventor mother announces that she’s built him a new robot cousin. And Java may be really smart, but he’s also going to be a major handful. No one can know about his secret. This is going to be a long school year.

With the third grade science fair coming up, though, Logan thinks maybe a super computer cousin could come in handy and he’ll finally have a shot at beating the nosey Silverspoon twins who win at everything.

But when Sherry and Jerry steal Java as their partner, and then start suspecting something is up with the new kid, can Logan think fast before this crazy experiment becomes an epic disaster?Soccer Shocker 9781510710191

Soccer ShockerWhen Mom tells Logan that Java is joining his soccer team, the Purple Wombats, he’s not thrilled. It’s a lot of work teaching his new robot cousin how to act like a human—and keeping him out of trouble—and Logan needs a break.

Still, being programmed for success means that Java’s also great at scoring. He might just turn the Wombats into a championship team, beating Sherry and Jerry Silverspoon and their Red Polar Bears . . . if he’d just let the other kids play, too. After being replaced as the Wombats’ MVP, Logan’s had enough.

But when Java gets wet and goes on the fritz, can the whole team—even a short-circuiting Java—come together to score the winning goal?

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Dead Possums are Fair Game 
Sunday, June 26 – 11AM to 12NOON

The world would be a better place without math or messy roommates. At least, that’s what Ella Hunter believes. Life is about keeping order and avoiding long division, fractions, or really anything with an equal sign.

As the end of the school year approaches, the fifth-grade teachers at Victor Waldo Elementary conclude there’s not enough time to complete a new math unit before summer break. Great news for math-phobic Ella, right?

Wrong! The teachers decide instead to have their students host the first-ever Math Fair. And the fair project is worth two major math grades.

Add in one dead possum plus two horrible roommates who come to stay while their house is being renovated, and you have an equation for disaster. Ella is headed for summer school and math tutoring for sure. Can she stop her troubles from multiplying before it’s too late?

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There Was an Old Lady Who Gobbled a Skink

Sunday, June 26 – 1:00PM-2:00PM

There was an old lady who gobbled a skink. And a worm and a pail and a line and an oarand much more in this hilarious book about a crazy fisherwoman who swallows all the essentials for a successful fishing trip. With the ever looming threat of “perhaps she’ll sink,” readers will hold their breath in anticipation as she gobbles her way through the tackle box and then the boat! With an already impressively full stomach, she reaches for just one last bite . . . but to find out how the story ends, you have to read the book!

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Timekeeper

Sunday, June 26 – 2:00PM-3:00PM

Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time–and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

The stunning first novel in a new trilogy by debut author Tara Sim, Timekeeper is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Victoria Schwab.

*Also see Tara Sunday, June 26 from 12NOON to 12:50PM on the PopTop Stage at the Class of 2K16- Kiss and Tell: MG and YA Authors Talk Cuddling to Kissing to Oh My! Panel *


BOOKS AND GALLEYS TO GRAB!

9781632206077-frontcoverGorillas in Our Midst by Richard Fairgray  and Terry Jones

Friday, June 24 & Saturday, June 25 – ALL DAY

Gorillas can be hard to spot, because they are masters of disguise and really good at hiding. Gorillas often have jobs where they get to wear masks—that’s why so many gorillas are surgeons, astronauts, scuba divers, and ninjas. There are adult gorillas and kid gorillas. There are even gorillas that go to school with you. You may think you’ve seen a gorilla swinging by before, but it’s much more likely that he was an orangutan—orangutans are terrible at hiding. You will know when there are lots of gorillas living in your midst because the grocery stores will be entirely out of bananas. In fact, you should always carry a banana with you, because you never know when there might be a gorilla around.

dotwav by Mike A. Lancaster

Saturday, June 25 – 1:00-2:00PMdotwav 9781510704046

“There’s something in that sound. Something bad. Something dangerous.”

Fifteen-year-old Ani Lee is a skilled hacker researching a strange .wav file that she’s downloaded when it behaves as no file ever should.

Joe Dyson is a seventeen-year-old American transplant recruited into a secret teen division of the British intelligence service who’s looking into the disappearance of a friend caught up in an underground music scene that might be more than it appears.

When Ani and Joe’s investigations intertwine, they discover that the .wav file and the music are linked—someone’s embedding the file into tracks to create a mind-controlled teen army.

But who’s behind it? And why? And how do you stop a sound?

An exhilarating sci-fi techno-thriller that blends music, mind control, and conspiracy perfect for fans of Little Brother, Brain Jack, and Proxy.

Just a Drop of Water by Kerry O’Malley Cerra

Saturday, June 25 – 2:00-3:00PM

Just a Drop of Water 9781510712348Ever since he was little, Jake Green has longed to be a soldier and a hero like his grandpa, who died serving his country. Right now, though, he just wants to outsmart—and outrun—the rival cross country team, the Palmetto Bugs. But then the tragedy of September 11 happens. It’s quickly discovered that one of the hijackers lived nearby, making Jake’s Florida town an FBI hot spot. Two days later, the tragedy becomes even more personal when Jake’s best friend, Sam Madina, is pummeled for being an Arab Muslim by their bully classmate, Bobby.

According to Jake’s personal code of conduct, anyone who beats up your best friend is due for a butt kicking, and so Jake goes after Bobby. But soon after, Sam’s father is detained by the FBI, and Jake’s mom doubts the innocence of Sam’s family, forcing Jake to choose between his best friend and his parents. When Jake finds out that Sam’s been keeping secrets, too, he doesn’t know who his allies are anymore. In the end, Jake must decide: either walk away from Sam and the revenge that Bobby has planned, or become the hero he’s always aspired to be.

A gripping and intensely touching debut middle grade novel by Kerry O’Malley Cerra, Just a Drop of Water brings the events of September 11, which shook the world, into the lens of a young boy who is desperately trying to understand the ramifications of this life-altering event.

The Phantom Virus by Mark Cheverton

Monday, June 27 – 10AM AND ALL DAYPhantom Virus

Herobrine, the artificially intelligent virus, was deleted. The computer it resided in was completely destroyed. Without their leader, the few survivors of its evil army were cast away into the shadows. It looked as if there would finally be peace and happiness throughout the servers of Minecraft.

But suddenly, and mysteriously, software began misbehaving. Sheep fell from the sky. Snowballs appeared out of nowhere. What seemed at first like harmless glitches quickly became dangerous. Pigs begin walking backwards, it starts to snow in the middle of the desert, and sheep are falling from the sky.

Gameknight999, the User-that-is-not-a-user, has no choice but to investigate. But the odd yet harmless pranks are turning deadly, and it’s not long before entire villages are completely destroyed. Examining the arrogant clues, Gameknight is no longer so sure that Herobrine was destroyed after all. Is it possible he escaped? Everything points towards a deadly trap far worse than anything that Minecraft has seen before. Will Gameknight solve the puzzle before the Overworld is destroyed?


 

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