SOURCE: Douglas E. Richards

November 07, 2007 11:30 ET

The California Department of Education Adds Gripping Science Fiction Adventure, "The Prometheus Project -- Trapped," to Its List of "Recommended Literature for Math & Science"

Book Is Also Being Praised by the Homeschooling Community

EAGLEVILLE, PA--(Marketwire - November 7, 2007) - Today, DNA Press announced "The Prometheus Project -- Trapped" has been added to a list of "Recommended Literature for Math & Science" that the California Department of Education (CDOE) calls a "collection of outstanding science-and-mathematics-related literature for children."

Said Douglas E. Richards, the author of "Trapped" and a frequent contributor of science pieces for National Geographic KIDS magazine, "My goal was to write a science-fiction thriller crammed with cliffhangers, nonstop action, and unexpected twists and turns that would keep kids glued to the page while illuminating key scientific and problem-solving principles. For 'Trapped' to have been recognized as worthy of inclusion on the CDOE's prestigious list is very gratifying."

"Trapped," written for children 9-13, was "highly recommended" by Kirkus and called, "perfect for middle grades" by Teaching Pre K-8 Magazine. A kids panel of reviewers for Odyssey Magazine called "Trapped" "a thriller that you won't put down until you've reached the last page."

Along with the CDOE list, the book also appears on Missouri State University's list of "Best New Books to Engage Students in Math and Science," and has been praised by The American Association for the Advancement of Science. The California Science Teachers Association wrote that "Trapped" was "nonstop action adventure ...a thrilling read," and that the author "has done a good job of addressing many of the California science standards."

In addition to being praised by kids, parents and educators, "Trapped" is also being embraced in the homeschooling community. The book appears on A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling web site, and a reviewer for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, a homeschooling publication, wrote that "Trapped" was "unlike any book that I have ever read," and concluded, "I enjoyed 'Trapped' very much. It would make a great read-aloud and would foster much talk among families..."

"Trapped" is the first book in the Prometheus Project series and follows the adventures of Ryan and Regan Resnick as they stumble onto the greatest discovery ever made -- a fantastic alien city buried deep underground. The second book in the series, "The Prometheus Project -- Captured," was published in July, 2007, and has already garnered strong reviews. Said Catherine Hughes, Senior Editor for NG KIDS, "'Captured' is a page-turner that kids -- and their parents -- will love reading." gave "Captured" five stars and called it, "great fun" while ForeWord Magazine wrote that the book is "fast paced and full of action," and that "adventure, suspense and science make for a potent combination." ForeWord concluded, "At a time when Americans want more students to become interested in science, the books in this series will likely encourage their interest in a non-threatening way."

"The Prometheus Project -- Trapped" and "The Prometheus Project -- Captured" are available to libraries and bookstores through the distribution channels of Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and to readers at,, and our distributor IPG books (, or at Barnes&Noble and Borders bookstores.

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