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Jack Olesker's NINJA KNIGHTS


Blend Vikings, Knights and Ninjas.  Add Dragons, Sea Serpents and Magic.  Then behold titanic battles the likes of which have never been seen before.  Is there a better formula for a globally successful Y/A novel?

In medieval times, three young ninjas sail from the ancient Japanese island of Honshu.  Their epic journey will take them halfway around the world, to the shores of 8th century England, where feudal kingdoms are under savage attack from marauding Viking raiders.

The young warriors quickly align with the Knights of Pelcliff and their struggle against the Norse invaders.  Yet, steeped as they are in the mystic ways of the ninja-life, nothing can prepare them for a world in which magic transforms Knights and Vikings alike into warriors of fearsome appearance, size and strength.

And at the heart of it all stands a ten-year old wizard named Wilkin, just now finding his way in the world.  With a beautiful and mysterious Viking girl in the castle with him and a new way of living presented by three ninjas named Akimora, Hitoshi and Makoto, Wilkin experiences growth, frustration and, ultimately, a triumphant understanding of what it means to be a hero.

With its time-honored heroes and villains, spectacular battles, relentless action, heart-wrenching emotions and the sweep of medieval life that will transport young readers to an unimagined world -- all woven together by the irresistible threads of magic -- NINJA KNIGHTS is destined to become an evergreen classic.

Producer/Director/Writer Jack Olesker was born on Valentine’s Day in Chicago and was educated at Bradley University, majoring in Journalism.  He served as an Aerospace Medic, assigned to a helicopter air rescue team in the United States Air Force.  G.P. Putnam’s Sons published his first novel, the bestselling murder mystery NO PLACE LIKE HOME, in 1976.  Prior to publication, Sherry Lansing (former CEO for Paramount Motion Pictures) purchased the novel’s film rights for MGM.  Olesker subsequently moved to Los Angeles to enter the film industry.

In Los Angeles he was a staff writer with Blanc Communications, writing over one hundred commercials.  In 1980, Olesker sold his first screenplay, based upon his occult/romance novel, BEYOND FOREVER, to Yale Wexler Productions.  His next screenplay, DRIVE-IN, was purchased by Golden Entertainment.

In 1982 he began his career in episodic television, writing for the series THE LITTLES for DIC Entertainment.  This led to a staff writing position at DIC.  In ensuring years he rose to Senior Story Editor, writing, creating and story-editing such popular television series as THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HE-MAN, CARE BEARS, M.A.S.K., TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, HEATHCLIFF THE CAT, HOT WHEELS and many others.  In 1990 he created the original development work for SABAN Entertainment's internationally successful MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS.  He has created television series for Fox Family Channel, The Disney Channel, CBS, NBC, Warner Brothers, Columbia and Universal.

Olesker has written, produced and directed over a thousand episodes of television and eighteen movies and published six novels.  Episodes of television series produced and written by Olesker have aired around the world for over twenty-five years.  His 1989 video KIDS HAVE RIGHTS, TOO! won the AFI Best Children's Educational Video Award.  His instructive articles on writing have appeared in WRITERS’ DIGEST and THE WRITER’S HANDBOOK and he has appeared a lecturer before numerous writers’ groups, including The American Society of Journalists and Authors.  Olesker works extensively with major toy manufacturers, including Mattel, Lego, Hasbro, Kenner and many others, developing both original television series and series based upon existing toy lines.

   

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