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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

Middle School: Field Trip Fiasco (Middle School 13)

Middle School: Field Trip Fiasco (Middle School 13)

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Rafe Khatchadorian is back in the latest adventure in the bestselling Middle School series GUESS WHERE I'M GOING? ON AN ALL-EXPENSES-PAID ART TRIP TO CALIFORNIA! And it's going to be awesome. I can't wait to see the big Hollywood sign, walk right past celebrities on the streets, and go to a red-carpet movie premiere. And this time, nothing's going to go wrong! Famous last words, right? Well, let's just say there's actually no Hollywood on my trip, but there is camping, diamond thieves, and a big, hungry crocodile. This field trip is going to be a CATASTROPHE! HELP! Previously published in Australia as Middle School: Going Bush

Walk in My Combat Boots True Stories from the Battlefront

Walk in My Combat Boots True Stories from the Battlefront

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Written with Matt Eversmann, the decorated war hero immortalised in the film Black Hawk Down, James Patterson brings us firsthand wartime experiences of life on the battlefront The sacrifices of service are indescribable - except by those who have made them. Their personal stories of battlefield life reveal: - The goal to 'be ready every day, every single day,' - and how that can quickly descend into chaos. - The realisation that every solider must be 'okay with dying, consciously or subconsciously, to be good at this job'. - How 'we all need to serve something bigger than ourselves'. Men and women from every branch of the US military tell exactly how it feels to jump out of airplanes, to be boots on the ground, to shoot and be shot at, and to recognise that they might never get back home. 'When the fear shows up,' explains a Marine Corps rifleman, 'I tell myself I can do it - I will do it. And I do.' Walk in My Combat Boots offers powerful true stories of courage, honour and duty that are at once humbling and inspiring.

20th Victim Three cities. Three bullets. Three murders. (Women's Murder Club 20)

20th Victim Three cities. Three bullets. Three murders. (Women's Murder Club 20)

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

The Women's Murder Club face the fight of their lives in the latest thriller from the bestselling James Patterson series __________________________________ THREE CITIES. THREE BULLETS. THREE VICTIMS. Simultaneous murders hit LA, Chicago and San Francisco. SFPD Sergeant Lindsay Boxer is tasked with uncovering what links these precise and calculated killings. Lindsay discovers that the victims all excel in lucrative, criminal activity. As the casualty list expands, fear and fascination with this shocking spree provoke debate across the country. Are the killers villains or heroes? And who will be next?

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: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2021

As Detective Michael Bennett's wedding day approaches, a killer has a vow of his own to fulfil... 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. Bennett 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. INCLUDES AN EXTRACT FROM THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER, BY BILL CLINTON AND JAMES PATTERSON

Violets are Blue

Violets are Blue

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2021

Two joggers have been found dead in San Francisco - bitten and hung by their feet to drain the blood. Further murders in California, and then on the East Coast as well, completely baffle Alex and the FBI. Is this the work of a cult, or role players, or even of modern-day vampires? Desperate to stop the deaths, Alex teams up with Jamilla Hughes, a savvy woman detective, and the FBI's Kyle Craig. But Alex has never been closer to defeat, or in greater danger. He must survive a deadly confrontation - only to learn at last the awful secret of the Mastermind.

Cross

Cross

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/01/2021

Alex Cross was a rising star in Washington, DC, Police Department when an unknown shooter killed his wife, Maria, in front of him. Years later, having left the FBI and returned to practising psychology in Washington, DC, Alex finally feels his life is in order... Until his former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favour. John's tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown and he needs Alex to help find this brutal predator. When the case triggers a connection to Maria's death, could Alex have a chance to catch his wife's murderer? Will this be justice at long last? Or the endgame in his own deadly obsession?

Till Murder Do Us Part (Murder Is Forever: Volume 6)

Till Murder Do Us Part (Murder Is Forever: Volume 6)

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2021

From the hit TV series come two true-crime stories where the bonds of matrimony and love can tear you brutally apart TILL MURDER DO US PART (with Andrew Bourelle) Kathi Spiars can't believe she's found such a good man to marry as Stephen Marcum. Twelve years later, she starts to suspect that he isn't who he says he is. As she digs into his past, she doesn't realise that learning the truth will lead to a lifetime of fear and hiding. RAMP UP TO MURDER (with Max DiLallo) Brandi McClain, a young beautiful teenager, moves to Tucson, Arizona, where she quickly meets her new best friend and her new boyfriend. But her perfect life is about to turn on its head. In San Diego, investigator Terry Jensen hunts for a missing girl. It's a case that seems to plagued by dead ends. But once the truth emerges, it's more haunting than he could have imagined.

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