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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!

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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

Private Moscow (Private 15)

Private Moscow (Private 15)

Author: James Patterson, Adam Hamdy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2021

'An unmissable, breakneck ride into Moscow's dark underworld' James Swallow, bestselling author of Nomad 'Great action sequences . . . breathtaking twists and turns' Anthony Horowitz, bestselling author of Magpie Murders 'The first Private outing for couple of years, but it's been well worth the wait . . . As always in a Patterson novel there's lots of action and plot turns as Jack tries to discover the secrets that unite the murder victims as he gets tangled up in the murky world of espionage' Keighley News 'Exhilarating, high-stakes action set in sub-zero temperatures, but so fast-paced you won't have time to feel the chill!' Lesley Kara, bestselling author of The Rumour _____________________________ An invitation from an old friend draws Jack Morgan into a deadly conspiracy . . . On a cold January morning, Jack Morgan stands inside the New York Stock Exchange with his former US Marine comrade whose company is being launched onto the market, eagerly awaiting the opening bell. But before the bell rings, a bullet rips through the air and finds its mark. In the aftermath of the murder, the victim's wife hires Jack to find the killer. As the head of Private, Jack has at his disposal the world's largest investigation agency. What he discovers shakes him to his core. Jack identifies another murder in Moscow that appears to be linked. So he heads to Russia, and begins to uncover a conspiracy that could have global consequences. With powerful forces plotting against him, will Jack Morgan make it out alive? _____________________________ Early readers love Private Moscow: 'Yet another amazing addition to the series . . . Screams action right from the word go' ***** 'True James Patterson style. Full of adventure, excitement and thrills' ***** 'Another brilliant thriller from a master of the genre' ***** 'I loved every twist and turn' ***** 'A fast paced, well plotted page turner. I didn't expect anything less' ***** 'This is exactly what I was hoping for and I wasn't disappointed' ***** 'Action from the first page to the last . . . As always a page-turner' ***** 'An exciting thriller by an amazing author' ***** 'Certainly did not disappoint . . . Highly recommend' ***** 'Can understand why he [Patterson] is considered one of the best, if not THE best in the game' ***** 'Had me gripped and on the edge of my seat till the very end' ***** 'It was all I have come to expect from this series . . . Highly recommended' ***** 'A real page-turner worthy of the Patterson name' **** 'Non-stop action . . . I found it hard to put down' **** 'The suspense and tension is raised. . . culminating in a thrilling high octane ending' **** 'I was literally hooked from the first chapter' **** '[A] thrill a minute read with no dull moments' **** 'A fast-paced, high-octane thriller' ****

The Coast-to-Coast Murders A killer is on the road...

The Coast-to-Coast Murders A killer is on the road...

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2021

From coastal California to upstate New York, a killer is plotting a devastating path of destruction... Michael and Megan Fitzgerald are siblings who share a troubling past. Both adopted, and now grown - Michael is a long-haul truck driver, Megan a college student majoring in psychology - they trust each other before anyone else. They've had to. When a young woman is found murdered in Michael's LA apartment, he is the chief suspect and quickly arrested. But then there's another killing that is strikingly similar. And another. And not just in LA - as the spree spreads across the country, the FBI become involved in a manhunt for a cold-blooded serial killer. False leads and shocking circumstances that defy logic will leave the LAPD and FBI desperately searching for a way to prevent a string of murders that seem unstoppable. _______________________________ Early readers love The Coast-to-Coast Murders: 'This is James Patterson at his breathtaking best' ***** 'Sits right up there with the best of the best... utterly unputdownable' ***** 'Full of twists and turns... I was completely thrown at the end' ***** 'A fast paced thriller of epic proportions. Utterly brilliant' ***** 'Gripping from the first page to the last, this book has it all' ***** 'A fascinating, intricate storyline that wends and weaves and left me breathless' ***** 'Patterson does it again... I was gripped from start to end' ***** 'Has you on the edge of your seat... the short chapters power the plot along at lightning speed; you simply can't put it down' ***** 'You really can't go wrong with a James Patterson novel, and this one didn't disappoint' ***** 'A rollercoaster of a ride' ***** 'Beyond stellar' ***** 'Had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish' ***** 'Like reading a blockbuster movie... Brilliantly written' **** 'Will keep you guessing until the very end' **** 'Twisted, totally convoluted, jaw dropping, eye popping... You cannot relax for a second' ****

Walk in My Combat Boots True Stories from the Battlefront

Walk in My Combat Boots True Stories from the Battlefront

Author: James Patterson Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/04/2021

Soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines speak in their own words about real life in today's armed forces. These are the brutally honest stories usually only shared amongst comrades in arms. Here, in the voices of the men and women who've fought overseas from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, is a rare eye-opening look into what wearing the uniform, fighting in combat, losing friends and coming home is really like. Walk in my Combat Boots is a powerful collection of never-before-told war stories crafted from hundreds of original interviews by James Patterson, the world's most trusted storyteller, and First Sergeant US Army (Ret.) Matt Eversmann, part of the Ranger unit involved in the infamous Battle of Mogadishu portrayed in the movie Black Hawk Down.

The Red Book

The Red Book

Author: James Patterson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2021

___________________________ The highly-anticipated sequel to Sunday Times bestseller The Black Book Detective Billy Harney exposes an evil lurking deep within his city - but it also brings his past demons to light... To Billy Harney, the newest member of Chicago PD's elite strike force, getting shot in the head, stalked by a state's attorney, and accused of murder by his fellow cops is all part of breaking a case. So, when a drive-by shooting on the Chicago's west side turns political, he doesn't shy away from leading the case. As the easy answers prove to be the wrong ones, Harney's quest to expose the evil that's rotting the city from the inside out takes him to the one place he vowed never to return: his own troubled past.

Private Moscow (Private 15)

Private Moscow (Private 15)

Author: James Patterson, Adam Hamdy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2021

'An unmissable, breakneck ride into Moscow's dark underworld' James Swallow, bestselling author of Nomad 'Great action sequences . . . breathtaking twists and turns' Anthony Horowitz, bestselling author of Magpie Murders 'The first Private outing for couple of years, but it's been well worth the wait . . . As always in a Patterson novel there's lots of action and plot turns as Jack tries to discover the secrets that unite the murder victims as he gets tangled up in the murky world of espionage' Keighley News 'There's enough action, adventure and excitement to fill two chunky blockbusters in Private Moscow which makes for an exhilarating and totally satisfying read.' NB Magazine 'Exhilarating, high-stakes action set in sub-zero temperatures, but so fast-paced you won't have time to feel the chill!' Lesley Kara, bestselling author of The Rumour _____________________________ An invitation from an old friend draws Jack Morgan into a deadly conspiracy . . . On a cold January morning, Jack Morgan stands inside the New York Stock Exchange with his former US Marine comrade whose company is being launched onto the market, eagerly awaiting the opening bell. But before the bell rings, a bullet rips through the air and finds its mark. In the aftermath of the murder, the victim's wife hires Jack to find the killer. As the head of Private, Jack has at his disposal the world's largest investigation agency. What he discovers shakes him to his core. Jack identifies another murder in Moscow that appears to be linked. So he heads to Russia, and begins to uncover a conspiracy that could have global consequences. With powerful forces plotting against him, will Jack Morgan make it out alive? _____________________________ Early readers love Private Moscow: 'Yet another amazing addition to the series . . . Screams action right from the word go' ***** 'True James Patterson style. Full of adventure, excitement and thrills' ***** 'Another brilliant thriller from a master of the genre' ***** 'I loved every twist and turn' ***** 'A fast paced, well plotted page turner. I didn't expect anything less' ***** 'This is exactly what I was hoping for and I wasn't disappointed' ***** 'Action from the first page to the last . . . As always a page-turner' ***** 'An exciting thriller by an amazing author' ***** 'Certainly did not disappoint . . . Highly recommend' ***** 'Can understand why he [Patterson] is considered one of the best, if not THE best in the game' ***** 'Had me gripped and on the edge of my seat till the very end' ***** 'It was all I have come to expect from this series . . . Highly recommended' ***** 'A real page-turner worthy of the Patterson name' **** 'Non-stop action . . . I found it hard to put down' **** 'The suspense and tension is raised. . . culminating in a thrilling high octane ending' **** 'I was literally hooked from the first chapter' **** '[A] thrill a minute read with no dull moments' **** 'A fast-paced, high-octane thriller' ****

The Red Book

The Red Book

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2021

The highly-anticipated sequel to Sunday Times bestseller The Black BookTo Detective Billy Harney, the newest member of Chicago PD's elite strike force getting shot in the head, stalked by a state's attorney, and accused of murder by his fellow cops is all part of breaking a case.So, when a drive-by shooting on the Chicago's west side turns political, he leads the way to a quick solve. But as a population hungry for justice threatens to riot, he realises that the three known victims are hardly the only ones.As the easy answers prove to be the wrong ones, Harney's quest to expose the evil that's rotting the city from the inside out takes him to the one place he vowed never to return- his own troubled past.

Scaredy Cat

Scaredy Cat

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/03/2021

There are Scaredy Cats everywhere . . . it's just that YOU can't see them. Only cats can see a Scaredy Cat. When shelter cats Pasha and Poop move in with their new human family, they find themselves up against a ghostly bully. Scaredy Cat demands they follow his rules or he'll cause all kinds of trouble - knock over lamps, spill kitty litter, and even get them shipped back to the animal shelter! But Pasha and Poop are stubborn and rebellious. They won't follow the Scaredy Cat's ridiculous rules like all of the other pets on the block. Together, they set out to find the truth behind who the Scaredy Cat really is, and how they can end his mischief-making for good.

1st Case It's her first case. It could be her last.

1st Case It's her first case. It could be her last.

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2021

A young tech genius is offered the opportunity of a lifetime . . . one that could end hers When Angela Hoot is kicked off her graduate programme at MIT for hacking into the computer of a fellow student, she fears she's blown her chances of a glittering career. Angela is wrong: instead, she's offered a dream internship with the FBI. She jumps at the chance, and is thrown straight into her first case at a house in the Boston suburbs where a family of five have been brutally murdered. As Angela struggles to come to terms with the harsh reality of her new job, a phone is found that could hold the secrets of this mass murder - if Angela is able to uncover them.

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