Zach lives with his grandparents on a remote island in Puget Sound in Washington State. With only his little brother, Gilbert, to keep him company, Zach feels cut off from the world. But when Gilbert is kidnapped, Zach tries the only thing he can think of to find him: astral projection. Soon, his spirit is soaring through the strange and boundless astral realm—a shadow place. While searching for his brother, Zach meets a boy named Emory, another astral traveler who's intriguing (and cute).
As Zach and Emory track the kidnappers from the astral realm, their bond grows—but each moment could be Gilbert's last. Even worse, there's a menacing, centuries-old creature in their midst that devours souls and possesses physical bodies. And it's hungry for Zach.
Top Ten Things To Know before Astral Traveling
by Brent Hartinger
1. This is serious stuff, like SCUBA diving. Know what the hell you’re doing.
2. There are no shortcuts, in astral travel and in life. Just do the work – it’ll actually be less work in the end.
3. Avoid swirling gates with flames licking the edges.
4. There are easier ways to meet guys.
5. It’s all about the mantra. Choose yours well.
6. Daily meditation isn’t a bad idea even without the astral-traveling fringe benefits.
7. Yes, you really can travel to other planets.
8. Avoid shadowy, octopus-like creatures that try to invade your soul.
9. Don’t cut the silver cord – and don’t let anyone else cut it either. That is seriously bad news.
10. More advice that’s also true for life in general: just relax!
Brent Hartinger is the author of a number of novels for children and teenagers, including Geography Club (HarperCollins, 2003); two sequels to Geography Club called The Order of the Poison Oak (HarperCollins, 2005) and Split Screen (HarperCollins, 2007); The Last Chance Texaco (HarperCollins, 2004); Grand & Humble (HarperCollins, January 2006); and Project Sweet Life (HarperCollins, 2009).
Mr. Hartinger's many writing honors include being named the winner of the Lambda Book Award, the Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award, the National Best Book Award, and a being a Book Sense Pick (four times).
Also a playwright and screenwriter, Mr.Hartinger’s ten plays have been produced in dozens of theaters nationwide (twice in New York); his screenplays have won many awards, including a 2009 Writers Network Fellowship and the $5,000 Fort Lauderdale Film Festival Screenwriting in the Sun Award. He has several scripts under option and in the process of studio or network development, including a film versionof his novel Geography Club.