- This article is about a book. For its adaptation see Jane Hoop Elementary: The First (film) and Jane Hoop Elementary: The First (video game). For the film's soundtrack, see Jane Hoop Elementary: The First (soundtrack)
|Series||Jane Hoop Elementary|
|June 29, 1996|
|Followed by||Jane Hoop Elementary: The Cyber Escape|
Jane Hoop Elementary: The First is a 1996 superhero novel. It is the first novel in the Jane Hoop Elementary series, written by Rita Christensen. It was released worldwide on June 29, 1996, and it is the second-best selling book list of the year. The other books she sells were second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh were also confirmed these the successful in the series.
The book was features with children were born and grown up as young heroes, which they did not know about the attack. First have their powers when they were born celebrates their first adventure. Since they are superheroes, they could take some time off school so they could live at the Base to save the school.
New York Times express the book and listed onto the top of the Best selling-book for 1991, it sold over 6.5 million copies for an opening day, and as of June 2009, it sold 10 million copies around the world and translated of 54 different languages. According to Time magazine, the book spend 2 years at the top list. On June 29, 2006, the book marks the tenth anniversary of its release including the franchise. It was a commercial success by critics and gained popularity of the novel including Halloween events, and it even got itself a film adaptation with the same title, released in November 2000.
In 1993, five young children were born. The flash of the light source bright on Danny, causes him to became a brave-born child, raises to have superpowers also works on Alec, Cory and Jaquille within their and Danny. Later, Mayor and Miss. Watson begins to investigate to search for five young children, who would become superheroes. In 1999, six years later, now grown up as a kid, Danny begins his first day of school. There, he become best friends with Cory and Jaquille. He also met up with his enemy Alec and crush Rebecca. Jane Hoop Elementary Base where they battle in the city, Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Catwoman suddenly, sawing the attacks of the moments thinking it was a interested creature. She providing using for her first evil plain. She became the godmother. But as their first enemy.
The headquarters gets their protectors, the SWAT Teammates of Jane Hoop Elementary: David Johnson, Maria Dawns and Michael Walker. They provided to team to Jane Hoop Elementary. Later, Cory and Jaquille founded Salma Green creates her catsuit, to became "Dr. Catwoman", she was to be their godmother but she is evil and Danny, Alec and Rebecca find out they were wrong. As a result, they found out that they must be seeing things.
As a result, Catwoman tricked the kids for doing something good, which ended up being a bad idea, that causes destruction of the world, making them on the kids to blame. As a result, they flew away from earth and never wanted to come back, because the world hates them. In other report, Cory and Jaquille are indeed telling the truth that Catwoman is evil. In the meantime, Danny hears Naudia's cry, so he, also the gang, flew back to earth, eventually into a fight with the villains, especially Catwoman, in which she tried to use the First to get in control of the world.
In the end, the kids were trapped inside Catwoman's giant maze, which turned out to be a booby trap, as the maze begins to collapse after grabbing the First. They defeated Catwoman, and was taken to prison, and the world is saved. However, Shego and Monkeyman helped Catwoman escape from prison, as the three is ready for revenge on the kids. The kids are now superheroes, and can spend time off of school to give some time to keep the world safe.
- See also: List of Jane Hoop Elementary characters
|Danny Gorden||Danny is a young African American boy is described an average kid, who gained mysterious super abilities, in which he did not know, when he was a baby. When he first have them, he got older and starts playing with them such as lifting up a chair with his powers. Now at 6 years old, he does not remember that he does have superpowers since he was a little boy. As he starts elementary school, Danny gets teleported in the city of Cincinnati to the Base to be called as a member as Jane Hoop Elementary. He is choosen as leader of the group. His main superhero color is red, which could represent him for the power of red, and was choosen as the choosen one.|
|Rebecca Henry||Rebecca, who is around Danny's age, is a young girl with extremely long blonde hair, which Danny has a crush on. Since she was a little girl, she mysteriously gained super abilities, and does not know how she used them. She goes to elementary school with Danny. She is teleported in the city of Cincinnati to the Base to be called as a member as Jane Hoop Elementary. Her main superhero color is pink, which could represent her for the power of pink, and was choosen as the chosen one like Danny and Alec, which she has now become best friends with, and is the only girl in the team.|
|Alec Gutzwiller||Alec who is around Danny's age, is a frenemy of Danny. Like Danny, he gained super abilities when he was a baby. He bullies Danny while he is in elementary school with him, and was teleported to the Base in the city of Cincinnati to be called as a member as Jane Hoop Elementary. Despite that, he gained friendship with Danny, and became his best friend. His main superhero color is blue, which could represent him for the power of blue, and was choosen as the chosen one like Danny.|
|Cory Berning||Cory who is around Danny's age, is a close friend of Danny, and attends elementary school with him. He mysteriously gained super abilities when he was a baby. He is teleported to the Base in the city of Cincinnati where he is named as one of the members Jane Hoop Elementary. His main superhero color is yellow, which could represent him for the power of yellow, and was choosen as backup hero.|
|Jaquille Short||Jaquille who is around Danny's age, is a close friend of Danny and Jaquille, and attends elementary school with them. He mysteriously gained super abilities when he was a baby like Danny, Rebecca, Alec and Cory. Than, he gets teleported into the city of Cincinnati at the Base, and was named as one of the members Jane Hoop Elementary. His main superhero color is black, which could reprsent him for the power of black, and was choosen as backup hero like Cory.|
|Naudia Gorden||Naudia is Danny's cousin, who is almost two years younger than him. Only 4 years old, she is joined by a member as Jane Hoop Elementary, but is chosen as protector of the Base. Alec has a huge crush on her.|
|Mayor James Watson||Mayor is the official mayor of Cincinnati. He goes undercover to search for five young children as new members of Jane Hoop Elementary.|
|Mrs. Bella Watson (nee Jones)||Bella is the wife of Mayor Watson. She and husband goes undercover to search for five young children as new members of Jane Hoop Elementary.|
|Dr. Catwoman||Dr. Catwoman is a tall, thin adult villain of Jane Hoop Elementary. Born Salma White, she is known to be dressed in a black catsuit with sharp long finger nails on both her hands. She dreams of becoming president of the world, and dislikes any superhero who tries to ruin her plans. When she heard that there is are new superheroes, she got deverstated, so she decided to pretend that she is their protector, in order to let them join her dark side letting her to become ruler of the world.|
|Shego Dalma||Shego is a tall, thin best friend of Catwoman. Born Kristen Gomez, she is her assistant to help her take over the world, but her plans fell through because of the new members of Jane Hoop Elementary.|
|Shadow the Monkeyman||Shadow is a tall, muscular other best friend of Catwoman. Born Robert Palker, he is her assistant to help her take over the world, but her plans fell through because of the new members of Jane Hoop Elementary.|
Development, publication and receptionEdit
Rita Christensen is spenting years thinking of moment, that she'll be written a story for the villain Dr. Catwoman, in which she thinks she is like another comic book character, Catwoman, but she is a different kind of Catwoman, but much of an evil version and she is blessed that she is not referring her character to a comic book character. She writes that Catwoman's is famous, and first met talking she that she was bullied back in grade school because of Christensen's looks. She states "finding someone else more beautiful than her, she only want to be only beauitiful, till she changed her mind an decides to quit bullying a person, when she start building that idea to the character, which is not going to actually happen, but she would try it soon.
Christensen, however, changes her plans that it's best if she could write a children's book, and not a comic book like most superhero stories such as Batman, Superman and Spider-Man. She express her idea for young children, who attend elementary school, have not notice that they have superpowers ever since they were born, and ended themselves to become superheroes and save the world. Christensen spent 5 years writting Jane Hoop Elementary: The First, making an idea of the kids fighting with the evil adults. She has send the book to the publisher and starts publishing it for a year from around the world and includes different countries.
Release and SequelsEdit
Christensen released The First was released in the United States by June 29, 1996. The First was also released in the United Kingdom by March 28, 1997.
Christensen confirmed more books into the series with Jane Hoop Elementary: The Cyber Escape released on June 28, 1997, Jane Hoop Elementary: Goldenman's Revenge, released on June 26, 1999, Jane Hoop Elementary: The Magic Ball, released on July 1, 2000, Jane Hoop Elementary: Morphin the Power, released on June 30, 2001, Jane Hoop Elementary: Turbo of Catland, released on June 28, 2003 and Jane Hoop Elementary: The Final Rush, released June 25, 2005.
Publication and receptionEdit
Scholastic Corporation bought the USA rights at the Bologna Book Fair in April 1991 for US$105,000, an unusually high sum for a children's book. Christensen is originally going to title a book as Jane Hoop Elementary: The Beginning, but claim that it'll be better when this is the exact first book for the series, and may get information with an object The First. Christensen now titled the book Jane Hoop Elementary: The First.
The book became the #1 best selling book of New York Times Best Seller list, for more than 40 weeks, pasting years, coming in the most successful book for children. The book recide as the first book to made up the successful best selling book for these past years. The First book has won at the "Publisher Awards" for Best Selling Book. But was nominated at the "American Awards" for Best Selling Book. In 2001, 10 years after the book was released, she has start selling of 400 million copies.
Rita Christensen written a cover for Jane Hoop Elementary: The First of the title, her name and a picture of a Red Diamond, met that it means that it’s The First, the power that can start to give power to the people, which has chosen the kids, they are Danny, Rebecca, Alec, Cory, Jaquille and Naudia after shinning from the moonlight causes them to have, but Rebecca did got it, but has it while being kidnapped by aliens.
- See also: Jane Hoop Elementary: The First (film)
A film apdaptation with the same name was released as a live action theatrical film on November 10, 2000. Steven Spielberg has became a director. The main characters Danny Gorden, Alec Gutzwiller and Rebecca Henry were portrayed by Blake Brown, Ben Linkin and Amy Tammie. Christensen and Paramount has the rights to produce the books into films in 1999 after publishing her first three novels.
Reviewers' comments were postive, rating it 79% from Rotten Tomatoes, and break records at the box office including biggest openig weekend ever earning $81.2 million beating The Lost World: Jurassic Park ($72.1 million). It brought in a total of $972 million worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing movie in history behind Titanic.
Video Game AdaptationEdit
A Video game of the same name has been released on November 27, 2001. It was published by Electronic Arts. The platforms are made for PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, Mac OS 9, Mac OS, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation and Xbox.
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