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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.

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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!

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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.

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Other books by James Patterson

The Horsewoman

The Horsewoman

Author: James Patterson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2021

'This is a hugely entertaining, riveting, page-turner of a book. A thrilling and thoughtful read.' LOUISE PENNY Maggie Atwood and Becky McCabe - mother and daughter, both champion riders - vowed to never, ever, compete against one another. But a dramatic turn of events ahead of the Paris Olympics changes everything. Mother and daughter share a dream: to be the best in the world. Only one rider can fulfil that dream and make history.

The Horsewoman

The Horsewoman

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2021

'This is a hugely entertaining, riveting, page-turner of a book. A thrilling and thoughtful read.' LOUISE PENNY Maggie Atwood and Becky McCabe - mother and daughter, both champion riders - vowed to never, ever, compete against one another. But a dramatic turn of events ahead of the Paris Olympics changes everything. Mother and daughter share a dream: to be the best in the world. Only one rider can fulfil that dream and make history.

Katt Loves Dogg

Katt Loves Dogg

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2021

From bestselling author James Patterson comes this pawsome sequel to the middle grade hit illustrated novel Katt vs. Dogg _______________________ Katts and doggs are supposed to be sworn enemies, not . . . in LOVE! Gross! Wilderness adventurers and expert trackers Molly the katt and Oscar the dogg go camping with their families: parents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles. One big reunion! It would be fun if there weren't so many rules to follow at the campsite. ATTENTION KATTS AND DOGGS: No crossing the border, or you'll be asked to leave the Eastern Wilderness Reserve. If you're still alive. Molly and Oscar must outsmart the rule-makers when they discover that their katt and dogg cousins have run away together - for reasons only Molly and Oscar will understand. Now the clever pair must find and warn their cousins before all four of them are in need of a serious rescue mission.

The Russian (Michael Bennett 13). The latest gripping Michael Bennett thriller

The Russian (Michael Bennett 13). The latest gripping Michael Bennett thriller

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2021

As Michael Bennett's wedding day approaches, a killer has a vow of his own to fulfil in the thirteenth thriller featuring the NYPD's finest detective Weeks before NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is to marry his long-time love, Mary Catherine, an assassin announces their presence in the city with a string of murders. All of the victims are young women, and each has been killed in a manner as precise as it was gruesome. Tasked with working alongside the FBI, Bennett uncovers multiple cold-case homicides across the country that fit the same distinctive pattern. He promises Mary Catherine that the case won't affect their upcoming wedding, but, as he struggles to connect the killings, Bennett may be walking into a deadly trap.

Ali Cross: Like Father, Like Son

Ali Cross: Like Father, Like Son

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/11/2021

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.

Fear No Evil (Alex Cross 29)

Fear No Evil (Alex Cross 29)

Author: James Patterson Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/11/2021

**Available to pre-order now** The new novel in the globally bestselling Alex Cross series. ________________________ Alex Cross ventures into the rugged Montana wilderness - where he will be the prey. He's not on the job, but on a personal mission. Until he's attacked by two rival teams of assassins, controlled by the same mastermind who has stalked Alex and his family for years. Darkness falls. The river churns into rapids. Shots ring out through the forest. No backup. No way out. Fear no evil.

Fear No Evil (Alex Cross 29)

Fear No Evil (Alex Cross 29)

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/11/2021

**Available to pre-order now** The new novel in the globally bestselling Alex Cross series. ________________________ Alex Cross ventures into the rugged Montana wilderness - where he will be the prey. He's not on the job, but on a personal mission. Until he's attacked by two rival teams of assassins, controlled by the same mastermind who has stalked Alex and his family for years. Darkness falls. The river churns into rapids. Shots ring out through the forest. No backup. No way out. Fear no evil.

City of the Dead: A Maximum Ride Novel (Hawk 2)

City of the Dead: A Maximum Ride Novel (Hawk 2)

Author: James Patterson Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/11/2021

'Fights and flights are non-stop' (USA Today) in the City of the Dead as Hawk takes off with a new, unexpected ally . . . her mother, Maximum Ride! For Hawk, being a hero weighs heavily on her wings. In the City of the Dead, life happens in the shadows. That's why a war is brewing against an enemy no one can see. Hawk and Maximum Ride never back down from a conflict, or from each other, and they argue more than they agree. But as the dead begin to outnumber the living, a mother's experience and a daughter's instinct can make one powerful arsenal.

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