James Patterson and the Albert Einstein Archives are teaming up to publish a new middle grade series, the first and only line of children’s books to bear the archive’s official seal. The debut title in the three-book series will release in October 2018, under the author’s Jimmy Patterson imprint at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
The adventure series follows girl genius “Max” Einstein and a team of brilliant kids who set out to solve problems across the world using STEM skills. A nationwide school science fair is planned as a tie-in for the series launch. A portion of book sales will benefit education and literacy programs.
Dr. Roni Grosz, curator of the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said in a statement, “Armed with just a pencil and paper, Einstein changed the world forever. His true genius lay in his unbridled curiosity about the universe around him and his concern and empathy for all of its inhabitants. The Hebrew University is excited to have gifted storyteller James Patterson pen an adventure series that will thrill a new generation of Einstein fans throughout the world.”
Patterson said in a statement, “These books are the most important work I’ve ever done. They’re an accessible, fun way to engage kids—particularly girls, who are too often dissuaded from pursuing their interest in science–in an adventure that weaves science, technology, and history. Max is a heroine for the modern age, and I’m honored to have been selected by the Einstein Archives to bring her story to young readers everywhere.”