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James Patterson - Author

About the 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.

Visit ReadKiddoRead.com to find out more about this fantastic campaign.

Find lots of news and fun activities on the Middle School books here.

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Featured books by James Patterson

Treasure Hunters: Secrets of the Forbidden City

Treasure Hunters: Secrets of the Forbidden City

9+ readers

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2015

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 Chinese artefact that will buy their mother's freedom from renegade pirates. But when the kidnappers force them to locate an even greater treasure - priceless paintings stolen by Nazis, the Kidds must rely on their own cunning and experience to outwit the criminals, all while their mom's life is on the line. Find lots of news and fun activities on the Middle School books here. The Treasure Hunting Kidd siblings have their own web series...here's a trailer.. Download a great activity pack, with puzzles and quizzes and more about the Treasure Hunters series - here!

ebook of the month
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/08/2014

With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school's oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class - 5,000 points! Running in the hallway - 10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm - 50,000 points! But when Rafe's game starts to catch up with him, he'll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he's finally ready to face the rules, bullies, and truths he's been avoiding.

ebook of the month
Middle School: My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar (Middle School 3)

Middle School: My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar (Middle School 3)

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2014

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!

ebook of the month
Witch & Wizard: The Kiss (witch & Wizard 4)

Witch & Wizard: The Kiss (witch & Wizard 4)

11+ readers 13+ readers

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/11/2013

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 dangerous.

ebook of the month

Other books by James Patterson

Max Einstein: World Champions!

Max Einstein: World Champions!

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2022

Max finally meets her hero, Albert Einstein, as she dashes across glaciers, visits the Great Barrier Reef, and flies a solar-powered jet in a race to stop global warming - before it's too late for planet earth. So far, Max and her team of genius friends have solved problems that no one else could, including: bringing solar energy to remote locations, producing clean drinking water across the globe, and ending world hunger. No easy task, even for a genius! But now Max and her friends must take on their biggest challenge yet, something that affects every living creature on the planet. Max must figure out how to prevent climate change from destroying the earth. But sinister forces want to keep Max from succeeding, and this time, even the very foundation of the Change Makers Institute is threatened. Now Max must not only save herself and her friends, but the entire planet, too.

Max Einstein: World Champions!

Max Einstein: World Champions!

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2022

Max finally meets her hero, Albert Einstein, as she dashes across glaciers, visits the Great Barrier Reef, and flies a solar-powered jet in a race to stop global warming - before it's too late for planet earth. So far, Max and her team of genius friends have solved problems that no one else could, including: bringing solar energy to remote locations, producing clean drinking water across the globe, and ending world hunger. No easy task, even for a genius! But now Max and her friends must take on their biggest challenge yet, something that affects every living creature on the planet. Max must figure out how to prevent climate change from destroying the earth. But sinister forces want to keep Max from succeeding, and this time, even the very foundation of the Change Makers Institute is threatened. Now Max must not only save herself and her friends, but the entire planet, too.

The Elephant Girl

The Elephant Girl

Author: James Patterson, Ellen Banda-Aaku, Sophia Krevoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2022

Jama is a clever and sensitive young Maasai girl who likes elephants better than people. She decides to escape the classroom gossip about the new boy, Leku, by going to the watering hole outside her village. There, she befriends a baby elephant that she names Mbegu. When Mbegu's mother, frightened by poachers, stampedes, Jama and Mbegu are blamed for two deaths - one elephant and one human. Now Leku, whose mysterious and imposing father is the head ranger at the conservancy, may be their only lifeline. A beautiful, heart-pounding story of a girl, an elephant, and their life-changing friendship.

Ali Cross: The Secret Detective

Ali Cross: The Secret Detective

Author: James Patterson Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2022

School, mysteries, crime-solving - just an ordinary day for Ali Cross! Ali has helped to solve two big cases and he knows he has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of his famous father, Alex Cross. Eager to keep solving crimes, Ali and his friends hack into police calls and secretly check out crime scenes to crack the cases themselves. But when Ali witnesses something terrible, he must grapple with some tough questions about what it means to be a detective, and a detective's son. Will Ali be the one in danger this time? ____________________________ Praise for the Ali Cross series 'The prolific king of the beach read is back with an intergenrational mystery for the 9-to-12-year-old set' Kirkus 'This is a fresh look at the world of James Patterson's most famous protagonist' School Library Journal 'This one will fly off the shelves' Booklist

Ali Cross: The Secret Detective

Ali Cross: The Secret Detective

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2022

School, mysteries, crime-solving - just an ordinary day for Ali Cross! Ali has helped to solve two big cases and he knows he has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of his famous father, Alex Cross. Eager to keep solving crimes, Ali and his friends hack into police calls and secretly check out crime scenes to crack the cases themselves. But when Ali witnesses something terrible, he must grapple with some tough questions about what it means to be a detective, and a detective's son. Will Ali be the one in danger this time? ____________________________ Praise for the Ali Cross series 'The prolific king of the beach read is back with an intergenrational mystery for the 9-to-12-year-old set' Kirkus 'This is a fresh look at the world of James Patterson's most famous protagonist' School Library Journal 'This one will fly off the shelves' Booklist

Treasure Hunters: Ultimate Quest (Treasure Hunters 8)

Treasure Hunters: Ultimate Quest (Treasure Hunters 8)

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2022

Dodge missiles, map undersea caves, outrun secret agents, and uncover the ultimate treasure? That's a day in the life of the Kidds! The Kidd family is on an exciting new mission: using the augmented reality gear their parents created to uncover long-lost treasure. But then their ship, The Lost, explodes in a ball of fire! Now Bick, Beck, Tommy and Storm are stranded on a raft in the Mediterranean Sea, and their parents have been kidnapped by maniacal treasure hunters. It's up to the Kidd siblings to follow clues around the globe to uncover the ancient treasure and save their parents . . . before they lose everything!

Ali Cross: Like Father, Like Son

Ali Cross: Like Father, Like Son

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2022

Ali Cross is back in the New York Times No. 1 sequel to James Patterson's bestselling mystery for young readers featuring the son of Detective Alex Cross, the lead character in James Patterson's biggest-selling series _____________________ ALEX CROSS is a genius detective. ALI CROSS is following in his father's footsteps. When Ali sees a friend get hurt, he's the best person to find out who did it. Even if he's only a kid. After all, he's Alex Cross's son. Solving crimes runs in the family. _____________________ 'This one will fly off the shelves.' Booklist 'A fitting, socially conscious sequel.' Kirkus Reviews

The Runaway's Diary

The Runaway's Diary

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2022

While searching for her sister in an unfamiliar city, a young girl finds more than she bargained for in this gripping graphic novel ___________________ I'm running away. Not to a place - to a person. Eleanor is happiest when she's left alone to dream up elaborate stories. Sam is outgoing, fun and popular. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been there for each other - until everything changes. Now Sam is somewhere in Seattle, and Eleanor runs after her. Nothing is easy in the big, unforgiving city. As Eleanor faces setbacks, she also makes new friends and tells new stories. Eleanor can rewrite her life in so many ways ... but can she make a happy ending her reality?

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