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Folktellers YA series inks publishing deal with Scribe

Folktellers Universe and Scribe Publishing Company entered into a publishing agreement for the release of the first three books in Josef Bastian’s young adult fantasy book series, Excerpts from an Unknown Guidebook. The books will have full retail distribution through IPG.

Book I: Phases of the Moon and Book II: Cave in the Rock, will be updated and re-released, with the first title to be published in December 2021 and the second to be published in March 2022. Book III: Shadows on the Silver Strings will be released in October 2022 as the rest of the series unfolds. The revised series will premiere at the Motor City Comic Con in Detroit in October.

The new publishing agreement follows the announcement earlier this year that a live-action TV series adaptation for kids ages 8–12 is in development with Peter Mohan (Orphan Black, The Hardy Boys, The Listener, and Mutant X) serving as executive producer and showrunner, alongside Bastion, Scott Paskoff, and Vanessa Shapiro — whose company Nicely Entertainment will handle global distribution. Season one of the series will be based on the first three books, Phase of the Moon.

Excerpts from an Unknown Guidebook follows the adventures of a group of teen storytellers as they cross worlds and dimensions to fight the forces of darkness. It was ranked as one of the top fantasy series for young readers in 2020 by the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award with the second book, Cave in the Rock, earning a bronze medal in the Pre-Teen Fantasy Fiction category. Cave in the Rock is also the recipient of a Mom’s Choice Gold Award; and Phase of the Moon is a 2018 International Book Award Finalist.