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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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James & Jack Patterson photo credit Sue Patterson

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

The Russian (Michael Bennett 13)

The Russian (Michael Bennett 13)

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

A killer crashes Michael Bennett's wedding in the thirteenth thrilling novel by James Patterson featuring the NYPD's top detective A series of gruesome murders in New York City has Michael Bennett angry - but when he identifies similar cases in Atlanta and San Francisco, his anger escalates into all-out alarm. All of the victims are young women. And each one is killed in a horrifyingly distinct fashion. In the midst of such devastating loss of life, Bennett's longtime love, Mary Catherine, is soon to become his wife. But just when New York's top investigator should be donning his wedding finery, he may be stepping into a diabolical trap.

The Last Days of John Lennon

The Last Days of John Lennon

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2020

John Lennon was one of the world's most influential people. Mark David Chapman was one of the most invisible. By the end of 1980, the Beatles had been broken up for a decade - a decade John Lennon had spent in search of his true identity: singer, songwriter, activist, burn out. But now, he declared, it's the perfect time to be coming back . Except that Lennon was a marked man. As early as the Beatles' controversial 1966 American tour, during which the band had feared for their safety, Lennon had complained, You might as well put a target on me . The Nixon administration did just that, putting Lennon under FBI surveillance. If only the agents hadn't been so intently focussed on the star himself, they might have detected Mark David Chapman's powerful, ever-growing obsession with the man he'd grown up idolising. Chapman, himself a tragic nowhere man, ultimately achieved the notoriety he craved by making the target on Lennon very real - and single-handedly wounding the spirit of a generation.

The Last Days of John Lennon

The Last Days of John Lennon

Author: James Patterson Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/12/2020

John Lennon was one of the world's most influential people. Mark David Chapman was one of the most invisible. By the end of 1980, the Beatles had been broken up for a decade - a decade John Lennon had spent in search of his true identity: singer, songwriter, activist, burn out. But now, he declared, it's the perfect time to be coming back . Except that Lennon was a marked man. As early as the Beatles' controversial 1966 American tour, during which the band had feared for their safety, Lennon had complained, You might as well put a target on me . The Nixon administration did just that, putting Lennon under FBI surveillance. If only the agents hadn't been so intently focussed on the star himself, they might have detected Mark David Chapman's powerful, ever-growing obsession with the man he'd grown up idolising. Chapman, himself a tragic nowhere man, ultimately achieved the notoriety he craved by making the target on Lennon very real - and single-handedly wounding the spirit of a generation.

NYPD Red 6

NYPD Red 6

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2020

The wedding of the century invites the most brazen kidnapper in New York City to make the bride disappear. Reality star Erin Easton's wedding may have a TV crew documenting every extravagant detail, but when the bride disappears from the reception, it's no diva turn. Her dressing room is empty except for a blood-spattered wedding dress. Detective Kylie MacDonald of NYPD Red, already at the scene as a plus-one, alerts her partner, Detective Zach Jordan, to start the search for the missing bride. But when Erin's 'proof of life' video is televised, every A-lister on the guest list becomes a either target of suspicion . . . or a target.

Blindside (Michael Bennett 12)

Blindside (Michael Bennett 12)

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2020

The mayor of New York has a daughter who's missing. Detective Michael Bennett has a son who's in prison. Can one father help the other? Bennett and the mayor have always had a tense relationship, but now the mayor sees in Bennett an exceptional investigator who might be willing to take on a case that needs to be kept under the radar. The two men strike the deal. Sources lead Bennett to a homicide in the Bronx. The victim has ties to a sophisticated hacking operation - and also to the mayor's missing daughter. But this murder is part of a serial killing spree, one with national security implications. And suddenly Bennett is at the centre of a dangerous triangle anchored by NYPD, FBI and an international crime organization. Michael Bennett has always been an honourable man, but sometimes honour has to take a back seat. Survival comes first.

Deadly Cross (Alex Cross 28)

Deadly Cross (Alex Cross 28)

Author: James Patterson Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/11/2020

A scandalous double homicide opens the psychological case files on Alex Cross . . . When a glamorous socialite and high school principal are found murdered, lying half naked in a car, the shocking double homicide dominates tabloid headlines. Kay Willingham was a well-known philanthropist and ex-wife of the US vice president. Randall Christopher was a respected educator with political ambitions, as well as a wife and family. Alex Cross knew both victims well. Especially Kay, who had been his patient once. And maybe more. Cross is left grieving, questioning who would want them dead, and why. While Cross's former Metro Homicide partner John Sampson tracks Christopher's final movements, Cross and FBI Special Agent Ned Mahoney travel to Alabama to investigate Kay's past. They discover that although Kay had many enemies, none of them had a full motive. In a world of trouble, corruption, and secrets, Cross is left facing a desperate choice between breaking a trust and losing his way . . . 'Alex Cross is a legend.' Harlan Coben

Blindside (Michael Bennett 12)

Blindside (Michael Bennett 12)

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2020

The mayor of New York has a daughter who's missing. Detective Michael Bennett has a son who's in prison. Can one father help the other? Bennett and the mayor have always had a tense relationship, but now the mayor sees in Bennett an exceptional investigator who might be willing to take on a case that needs to be kept under the radar. The two men strike the deal. Sources lead Bennett to a homicide in the Bronx. The victim has ties to a sophisticated hacking operation - and also to the mayor's missing daughter. But this murder is part of a serial killing spree, one with national security implications. And suddenly Bennett is at the centre of a dangerous triangle anchored by NYPD, FBI and an international crime organization. Michael Bennett has always been an honourable man, but sometimes honour has to take a back seat. Survival comes first.

Deadly Cross (Alex Cross 28)

Deadly Cross (Alex Cross 28)

Author: James Patterson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/11/2020

A scandalous double homicide in the nation's capital opens the psychological case files on . . . Detective Alex Cross. Until Kay Willingham's stocking murder inside a luxury limousine, the Georgetown socialite, philanthropist, and ex-wife of the sitting vice-president led a public life. But few -- including her onetime psychologist -- had any inkling of Kay's troubled past in the Deep South. Murdered alongside her is Randall Christopher, a respected educator with political ambitions that may have endangered both their lives. While John Sampson of DC Metro Police tracks Randall's final movements, Alex and FBI Special Agent Ned Mahoney travel to Alabama to investigate Kay's early years. They discover that although Kay had many enemies, none of them had a full motive -- all of them needed her alive. Alex is left without a viable suspect, and facing a desperate choice between breaking a trust and losing his way -- as a detective, and the protector of his family.

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