Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Uncategorized | 36 comments


In the fall of 2011, I got a phone call from Scholastic, asking if I was interested in a book series they were putting together. “History is broken,” they said, “and these breaks are leading to a coming Cataclysm in which the world will be destroyed. Three kids travel through time to fix the breaks and save the world.”

I was sold, just like that. I gushed out semi-incoherent sentences about how I minored in history in college – for no other reason than a love of history, by the way – and they answered that I could choose whatever “break” I wanted in time. It was like giving me a playground and telling me I could have any of the toys I wanted for my very own.

But there was more. “It’ll be a multi-platform series, in the vein of 39 CLUES,” they continued. “Six authors for seven books.”

Then the names came. The series architect and author of Books 1 and 7 would be James Dashner (MAZE RUNNER, THE EYE OF MINDS). Not only is he a fellow Utahan (Utahn? Person from Utah?…), but I was a longtime fan of his and knew anything he built would be brilliant.

The other authors on board included Carrie Ryan (THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH), Lisa McMann (THE UNWANTEDS), Matt De La Pena (I WILL SAVE YOU), and Matthew J. Kirby (CLOCKWORK THREE, THE LOST KINGDOM). Book 6 would be mine to write.


I cannot begin to describe my enthusiasm to work with these amazing and talented authors. Each has brought a new and brilliant dimension to the series. And as I’ve seen each manuscript roll out, full of adventure, exciting snippets from history, and laugh-out-loud humor, I have been even more determined to do my best work too.

So… with that, here is the cover for my book, Infinity Ring #6, BEHIND ENEMY LINES.


BEHIND ENEMY LINES takes our heroes, Dak, Sera, and Riq into the heart of World War 2 where they must  help the allies succeed with a most dangerous spy plan that will either change the course of the war, or else destroy any hope for victory and freedom.

It will be released on November 26, 2013, and you can find out more about it here. Or learn more about the entire series and the very cool online games here.

And if you haven’t read the other books in the series yet, get started now. The first three books are already out and Book 4, CURSE OF THE ANCIENTS, is coming out on June 4th.

Click on any of the books below to learn how you can find a copy. Please support your indies first and keep on reading to the end – because Dashner is gonna deliver a finale that will knock kids off their feet!






  1. What a nice book cover for book 6 🙂

    • Thank you! I think Scholastic’s artists rocked it!

      • Yeah you’re right Miss Jen Scholastic’s artists rocked it. 🙂

  2. It’s awesome!! And what a cool thing to be a part of. Basically, you just rock. 🙂

  3. If this is good, how much more the third book of the Ascendance will be.

    I love your books! Can’t wait for the title and cover reveal of the last Ascendance book.

    • Thank you much! The title and cover reveal for the last Ascendance book should be coming soon. I think you’ll like it!

      • Wait a second, your version of soon or mine? Because mine is like tomorrow XD

  4. November 26 is 6 days after my birthday and I’ve already told my parents to buy me the whole series on my kindle, so this is a new reason to get me it. I can’t wait to read it!

  5. wow i love your work i wish i could meet you!!! you have no idea the huge crush i have on prince jaron!

    • Hopefully one day, Ana! I’m glad you’re crushing on him – he’d be happy to know that!

  6. Something funny happened yesterday. I was on the swing and my dad called for my brother to get away from the bushes (again) but he used his middle name (which is Sage). Ever since I read The False Prince I’ve imagined what would happen if Sage (Jaron) appeared in my classroom. So when my dad said “Sage, come here” I nearly fell off my swing in an effort to see behind me. Then I remembered that it was just my brother. I couldn’t see myself but I imagine I looked very funny!
    From, Tori
    PS. Do you think Sage (or Jaron) could ever appear in my classroom?

    • Hee-hee. Very funny Tori. And p.s. Hmm, I dunno, but let me know if he does!

  7. Hi Jennifer!
    I just wanted to thank you again for your brilliant books! In the past month, I’ve recommended The False Prince to 7 of my friends and they all loved it!! I even started a list for those of them who wanted to borrow book 2. Thank you again, this time from Jolie, Tania, Eliana, Bisaye, Hikari, Josee, and Molly. 🙂

    PS: When are you going to announce the title of the third book?

    • Thank you Tina (and Jolie, Tania, Ellana, Bisaye, Hikari, Josee, and Molly). Recommending the book to others is the highest of compliments. To find out more about Book 3’s title, go here: (or look on my blog)!

  8. Hello Ms. Nielsen so every shcoolyear we all get a list of books to read and then get tested on at the end of the year. Usauly the books are a bit hard for e to get through not because they arent well written just because I love reading so much I tend to judge Books. but this year THE FALSE PRINCE IS ON THE LIST and when I saw iit was there I literaly jumped up and down and told eveyone in my class how amazing The False Prince is . Then I proceeded to the libary where I told everyone there the joyus news. Yes I get very excited over my favorite series of books and in in The False Prince’s case I get extremly excited . Thank you for being a fanastic writer and sharing with us your talent.

    • That is awesome, Sam! I’m really glad The False Prince was on your list, but I also hope you will discover other great books too. Thank you for recommending them to others and being so enthusiastic – that means a ton to me.

  9. OMG! Matthew J. Kirby wrote one of the Infinite Rings. He had done so well on “The Clockwork Three”

    • Yes, and his book is awesome – dangerous, funny, and a really great adventure!

  10. With echoes of Oliver Twist/the Prince and the Pauper, but also rocking a distinctive personality all of its own, the whole series is enchanting- I am absolutely in love with Sage/Jaron, who continues to become more developed and lovable as the story goes on. I nearly cried when the significance of Sage’s enigmatic golden rock was revealed in the first book! The second book was even better. I can’t wait to see how the characters and story will develop in the final installment!

    • Thank you, Mindy. I’m really glad you’ve enjoyed the series so far and I hope The Shadow Throne will prove to be just as satisfying for you!

  11. I loved your 6 books(The False Prince 👑,The Runaway King,The Shadow Throne,Mark of the Thief,Rise of the Wolf,and Wrath of the Storm!)though I have to read wrath of the Storm!Your books are amazing and so action filled with great vocabulary and you are honestly my FAVORITE author!💛⭐️💛⭐️💛

  12. How did you become such a successful author?Your books are so great 😁 I hope I read all of them!❤️️🌺

  13. I write books all the time,but I never finish them because I don’t have inspiration😕
    p.s. I told my friends and my babysitter about your books,they said they’all read them because I explained how good the are!💙

    • Wow, thank you very much! (And finishing can be tough, but at least you’re starting, right? That’s more than most people ever do. Keep going, and one day you will find the idea that makes you want to type “the end.”)

  14. How did you get the idea 💡 for your books to be in very historic places?

    • Hi Cheryl – I’m a huge fan of history so my imagination spends a lot of time there, either literally working in that time period or using certain historical facts as inspiration.

  15. YAY!i just got the last book of your Rise of the Wolf series,and a Night Divided!I CAN READ SPECTACULAR BOOKS AGAIN!!!😄

  16. What inspired you to become and author and write these types of books 📚?

    • Hi Aaliyah – Stories have always been inside me, but reading “The Outsiders” by SE Hinton was the first time it occurred to me that maybe one day I could become an author too!

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