Thursday, June 27, 2013

Video: Author's first children's book launched into space

L.A. native and middle school author/teacher Joseph Gutiz literally launched his first children's novel into space recently using a weather balloon, a GoPro camera and a GPS satellite-tracking device.

Gutiz wanted to do something different for the launching of his children's novel, The Adventures of Chubby Cheeks: The Pro Quest. His out of the box idea turned out to be a success as he was able to retrieve the video with all of its footage 80 miles into the Mojave Desert, from where it was launched.

The Adventures of Chubby Cheeks: The Pro Quest is a novel for ages 8-13, but can be a good read for adults as well. This urban novel brings awareness to the various common issues that plague today's youth. Diverse characters are featured in a well-plotted story that eventually leads to an inspirational Venice Beach skateboarding competition between his bullies and his group of friends.

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