The first book on Glenn Beck’s Simon & Schuster imprint, Mercury Ink, is entering August 28’s New York Times bestseller list for children’s chapter books at #1. It’s a paranormal young adult novel, unsurprisingly, about a bullied 14-year-old who has both Tourette’s syndrome and “electric powers.”
Its high ranking should come as no surprise, not only because Mr. Beck has penned many bestsellers himself, but also because the book, Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25, is by Richard Paul Evans, the originally self-published author of the gooey feel-good story The Christmas Box, which sold many, many thousands of copies. So Michael Vey is a paranormal young adult novel that presumably has a Christian stamp of approval, or as Mr. Beck calls it, ” an entertaining and uplifting thrill ride that combines good values with good storytelling.”
Michael has special powers. Electric powers. Michael thinks he’s unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor also has special powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up this way, but their investigation brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric children – and through them the world. Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends if he’s to survive.
Who says kids don’t read?