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James Patterson - Author

James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the bestselling series of the past decade: the Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand alone thrillers. He has won an Edgar award, the mystery world's highest honour. He lives in Florida with his wife and son, seen pictured here.

Best known for his thrillers he also writes for children and is passionate about encouraging children to develop a love of reading. In 2014 he donated £250,000 to help independent bookshops with a children’s section in the UK. Rafe from the Middle School series also features on the first ever children’s ‘Books are my Bag’ rucksack.

If you are a teacher CLICK HERE to download a free Middle School resource to help get kids reading.

James Patterson's top tips to get your kids - even the most reluctant ones - reading!

* Find books your kids love.

Talk with your child about their interests. Kids read more if they read what they like. E-reader, paperbacks, hard covers, comic books are all fine. Reading is the goal!

* Get a Library Card in your child's name.

Visit your library…the resources they have for the summer are usually terrific. And the Children's Librarian will usually bend over backwards to help your child find fun stuff to read.

* "Buddy Read" together.

Model reading with your child. Read the same books together, and talk about them.

* Create a Reading Club with friends.

It's always more fun if you can share the experience.

* Reward progress.

Set goals with your child, and track their achievements. Give them little "awards" for progress.

* Travel with your books wherever you go.

Take them to the beach, in the car, on vacations, and to the pool. Make the "in between" moments count. Put books everywhere your kids might be bored and want to turn on the TV, such as the breakfast table, the bedside table—wherever.

* Remember: it's up to you to make it fun.

Reading is fun! If it isn't, keep at it till they find books they can't put down. Then reward yourself, Mom and Dad, because you have just given your child the best present you could ever have imagined: the gift of reading—for life.

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James & Jack Patterson photo credit Sue Patterson

Featured Books, with extracts, by James Patterson

House of Robots: Robot Revolution
James Patterson
In a nutshell: super-readable story | robot rumpus at high school | Uh-oh, things are not running smoothly in the Hayes-Rodriguez household, which is highly unusual, because Mum, a robot scientist, has invented a host of machines to ensure it does....
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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Reader ReviewedLaugh Out Loud
James Patterson
October 2017 Book of the Month In a nutshell: lively, comic story celebrating kids' reading and determination James Patterson creates books kids love, and his latest book is all about a boy who decides to create books kids love by...
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Format: Hardback | Released 21/09/2017
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Reader ReviewedMiddle School: Escape to Australia
James Patterson
In a nutshell: Rafe Khatchadorian heads down under In this special episode of the hugely popular Middle School series, Rafe Khatchadorian, surely everyone's favourite reformed troublemaker, has won a special art competition, first prize an all-expenses paid trip to Australia. ...
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Format: Hardback | Released 13/07/2017
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I Funny: School of Laughs
James Patterson - illustrated by Jomike Tejido
June 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: more fast, funny, heavily illustrated adventures with everyone's favourite junior comic Lots has happened since Jamie Grimm's first appearance in I Funny. Then he was a would-be stand-up comic, now...
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Format: Hardback | Released 15/06/2017
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Pottymouth and Stoopid
James Patterson
An important story which delivers more than just laughs - it shows that the worst bullying doesn't have to be physical, and that things will get better.
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Format: Hardback | Released 12/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedCrazy House
James Patterson
June 2017 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Twins fight for freedom under an authoritarian system This slickly plotted dystopian thriller set in a terrifying totalitarian regime will keep fans of The Hunger Games gripped to the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 18/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedMiddle School: Dog's Best Friend
James Patterson - illustrated by Jomike Tejido
In a nutshell: fast-moving, funny, irresistible reading | James Patterson sets out to make his children's books irresistible reading, and he succeeds every time. Rafe Khatchadorian is a typical Patterson hero – he's funny, street-wise, smart, but not the world's...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedJacky Ha-Ha
James Patterson
Like the characters in many of his hugely popular children's books Jacky, the star of James Patterson's Jacky Ha-Ha, is an expert a cracking jokes. It gets her attention (important when you're one of seven sisters) and keeps the other...
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Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
James Patterson
Blockbuster author James Patterson delivers a genuinely hilarious—and surprisingly poignant—story of a wildly imaginative kid that you won't forget. Now released on Netflix you can find out more about the movie Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life at...
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Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2017
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House of Robots: Robot Revolution
James Patterson - illustrated by Juliana Neufeld
In a nutshell: super-readable story | robot rumpus at high school | Uh-oh, things are not running smoothly in the Hayes-Rodriguez household, which is highly unusual, because Mum, a robot scientist, has invented a host of machines to ensure it does....
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Format: Hardback | Released 12/01/2017
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Cradle and All
James Patterson
January 2017 Book of the Month | A book to make you flinch! Virulent diseases and natural disasters are sweeping the world, the church and a private investigator seek the truth behind the reports of two pregnant virgins, can...
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Format: Paperback | Released 29/12/2016
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Word of Mouse
James Patterson - illustrated by Joe Sutphin
December 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: you'll believe a mouse can be a hero! | There are fast-moving, grab-you-by-the-eyeballs-first-page-in reads, then there's James Patterson! Boy, does this man know how to tell a story in a way...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/12/2016
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Reader ReviewedMiddle School: Dog's Best Friend
James Patterson - illustrated by Jomike Tejido
In a nutshell: fast-moving, funny, irresistible reading | James Patterson sets out to make his children's books irresistible reading, and he succeeds every time. Rafe Khatchadorian is a typical Patterson hero – he's funny, street-wise, smart, but not the world's...
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Format: Hardback | Released 20/10/2016
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Treasure Hunters: Peril at the Top of the World
James Patterson
In 3 words : in it together The Kidd family, stars of some of James Patterson's liveliest and most boisterous adventures are back and centre stage in the latest episode in his globe-trotting series, Treasure Hunters. This time the Kidds...
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Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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I Funny TV
James Patterson
In the expert hands of James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein middle school is the funniest place on earth, especially in this series starring Jamie Grimm, the wheelchair-using kid with the super-sharp line in banter. Things should be looking good for...
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedMiddle School: Just My Rotten Luck
James Patterson
James Patterson continues to do sterling work turning reluctant readers onto books, and this latest instalment in the ongoing trials of Rafe Khatchadorian will more than satisfy his young fans. Things couldn't look worse for Rafe, he's back at Hills...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedJacky Ha-Ha
James Patterson
Like the characters in many of his hugely popular children's books Jacky, the star of James Patterson's Jacky Ha-Ha, is an expert a cracking jokes. It gets her attention (important when you're one of seven sisters) and keeps the other...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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House of Robots: Robots Go Wild!
James Patterson
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - Now in paperback Another helping of page-turning fun from James Patterson, ably assisted by Chris Grabenstein. Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez shares his home with robots – his mum is a robot scientist -...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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I Funny TV
James Patterson
In the expert hands of James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein middle school is the funniest place on earth, especially in this series starring Jamie Grimm, the wheelchair-using kid with the super-sharp line in banter. Things should be looking good for...
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Format: Hardback | Released 14/01/2016
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House of Robots: Robots Go Wild!
James Patterson
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - December 2015 Book of the Month Another helping of page-turning fun from James Patterson, ably assisted by Chris Grabenstein. Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez shares his home with robots – his mum is a...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/12/2015
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I Totally Funniest: A Middle School Story
James Patterson
Another welcome return for Jamie Grimm, wisecracking wheelchair-using star of best-selling author James Patterson's Middle School series for kids. In this episode Jamie is off to Hollywood to take part in the national finals of the Planet's Funniest Kid Comic...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/11/2015
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Reader ReviewedMiddle School: Just My Rotten Luck
James Patterson
James Patterson continues to do sterling work turning reluctant readers onto books, and this latest instalment in the ongoing trials of Rafe Khatchadorian will more than satisfy his young fans. Things couldn't look worse for Rafe, he's back at Hills...
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Format: Hardback | Released 08/10/2015
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Treasure Hunters: Secrets of the Forbidden City
James Patterson
The Kidds - treasure hunting family extraordinare - are heading to China, on a journey that will lead them beyond the Great Wall and into the underbelly of Berlin. Bick and Beck Kidd are desperately trying to secure the ancient...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2015
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Homeroom Diaries
James Patterson
Sixteen year old Cuckoo, as she calls herself, has had a hard time. Her mother walked out on her, and she's spent time in a psychiatric unit. She's just out of there when the book opens, and Patterson makes excellent...
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Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedHouse of Robots
James Patterson
James Patterson knows just how to write page-turning stories, and he puts that skill to excellent use in his books for children. House of Robots is the first in a new series created with Chris Grabenstein and tells the story...
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedMiddle School: Ultimate Showdown (Middle School 5)
James Patterson
Sibling stars of the Middle School series Rafe and Georgia Khatchadorian go head to head in this interactive book, each giving their very different advice on how to get the important aspects of school life right – from homework, bullies...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedKenny Wright Superhero
James Patterson
Kenny Wright is smart, polite, and really good at chess, none of which does anything to impress the kids at his new Middle School, which is one tough place. But when, he's forced to teach one of his regular tormentors...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Treasure Hunters: Danger Down the Nile
James Patterson
From the Middle School series to the I Funny books, James Patterson is responsible for some of the most addictive kids' books around, irresistible page-turners that grab the attention of even the most reluctant reader. I have to confess...
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Format: Paperback | Released 09/04/2015
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Reader ReviewedSave Rafe!
James Patterson
March 2015 Book of the Month Save Rafe! gives struggling middle school student Rafe Khatchadorian another chance to prove himself. In this adventure he is spending a week on an outdoor survival expedition in order to be accepted back into...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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I Totally Funniest: A Middle School Story
James Patterson
Another welcome return for Jamie Grimm, wisecracking wheelchair-using star of best-selling author James Patterson's Middle School series for kids. In this episode Jamie is off to Hollywood to take part in the national finals of the Planet's Funniest Kid Comic...
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Format: Hardback | Released 29/01/2015
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I Even Funnier: A Middle School Story
James Patterson
I Even Funnier is a welcome return for Jamie, wheel-chair-using wannabe comedian and star of James Patterson's new series. Once again, Jamie's preparations for a comedy competition give the plot an impetus that will get and keep kids turning the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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I Funny
James Patterson
Jamie Grimm, he funny. He very funny in fact. Book one in this new series by James Patterson follows his progress as he enters a local comedy competition for kids. The plotline allows for jokes a-plenty, while Jamie's comical observations...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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Reader ReviewedHouse of Robots
James Patterson
James Patterson knows just how to write page-turning stories, and he puts that skill to excellent use in his books for children. House of Robots is the first in a new series created with Chris Grabenstein and tells the story...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/12/2014
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Reader ReviewedMiddle School: Save Rafe (Middle School 6)
James Patterson
Save Rafe! gives struggling middle school student Rafe Khatchadorian another chance to prove himself. In this adventure he is spending a week on an outdoor survival expedition in order to be accepted back into Hills Village Middle School – the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 09/10/2014
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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
James Patterson
Rafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he's got an ace plan for the best year ever, if he can pull it off...
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Format: Paperback | Released 14/08/2014
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Middle School: Ultimate Showdown (Middle School 5)
James Patterson
Readers get a chance to participate in James Patterson's wildly successful Middle School series in this interactive book featuring more than 80 hilarious anecdotes from dueling siblings Rafe and Georgia Khatchadorian - plus dozens of fun-filled activities!
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Format: Hardback | Released 22/05/2014
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Middle School: My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar (Middle School 3)
James Patterson
Find out The Truth about Rafe Khatchadorian's sister in the first Middle School story from the point of view of the hilarious Georgia - a girl who's ready to speak her mind!
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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Witch & Wizard: The Kiss (witch & Wizard 4)
James Patterson
James Patterson delivers what the fans have been asking for - the story of what happens next - with an epic fourth installment about the heroic teen witch and wizard that have captured our imaginations. Passion has never been more...
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Format: Paperback | Released 21/11/2013
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