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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!

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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

Becoming Muhammad Ali

Becoming Muhammad Ali

Author: James Patterson, Kwame Alexander Illustrator: Dawud Anyabwile Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2020

A New York Times Bestseller. From two heavy-hitters in children's literature comes a biographical novel of cultural icon Muhammad Ali. Before he was a household name, Cassius Clay was a kid with struggles like any other. Kwame Alexander and James Patterson join forces to vividly depict his life up to age seventeen in both prose and verse, including his childhood friends, struggles in school, the racism he faced, and his discovery of boxing. Readers will learn about Cassius' family and neighbors in Louisville, Kentucky, and how, after a thief stole his bike, Cassius began training as an amateur boxer at age twelve. Before long, he won his first Golden Gloves bout and began his transformation into the unrivaled Muhammad Ali. Fully authorized by and written in cooperation with the Muhammad Ali estate, and vividly brought to life by Dawud Anyabwile's dynamic artwork, Becoming Muhammad Ali captures the budding charisma and youthful personality of one of the greatest sports heroes of all time.

Lost

Lost

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2020

Detective Tom Moon and his multi-talented team face off against an international crime ring looking to seize control over America's most exciting city, Miami. Miami is Detective Tom Moon's home and heartland. When he's asked to lead a new FBI task force tackling international crime, he's proud to represent his beloved city. But his arrest of a man trafficking children from Amsterdam into Miami International airport opens an investigation that will lead Moon into the depths of a vast crime syndicate. An underground network that is bigger and more powerful than he could possibly imagine. Moon is devoted to his city and its citizens - but will that be enough to save them?

19th Christmas the no. 1 Sunday Times bestseller (Women's Murder Club 19)

19th Christmas the no. 1 Sunday Times bestseller (Women's Murder Club 19)

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

The highly-anticipated follow-up to Sunday Times no. 1 bestseller 18th Abduction Christmas is coming, but crime never stops for the Women's Murder Club. Sergeant Lindsay Boxer is looking forward to spending time with her family over the holidays. But when she receives a tip-off that the biggest heist ever to hit San Francisco is being planned for Christmas Day, everything changes. The architect of the ambitious attack unleashes chaos across the city, laying traps and false alarms to distract Lindsay and the SFPD from his ultimate goal. As time runs out, will Lindsay be able to save the people of San Francisco from a Christmas they'd never forget?

19th Christmas the no. 1 Sunday Times bestseller (Women's Murder Club 19)

19th Christmas the no. 1 Sunday Times bestseller (Women's Murder Club 19)

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

_____________________________ The Sunday Times no. 1 bestselling follow-up to 18th Abduction Christmas is coming, but crime never stops for the Women's Murder Club. Sergeant Lindsay Boxer is looking forward to spending time with her family over the holidays. But when she receives a tip-off that the biggest heist ever to hit San Francisco is being planned for Christmas Day, everything changes. The architect of the ambitious attack unleashes chaos across the city, laying traps and false alarms to distract Lindsay and the SFPD from his ultimate goal. As time runs out, will Lindsay be able to save the people of San Francisco from a Christmas they'd never forget? _____________________________

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: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

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' ****

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: 01/10/2020

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' ****

Ali Cross

Ali Cross

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Alex's son Ali is eager to follow in his father's footsteps as a detective, but when his best friend goes missing, what price will he have to pay to solve the mystery? LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON Alex Cross The brilliant DC detective who never gives up on a case. Ali Cross The tenacious kid who's determined to follow in his father's footsteps. The case that finally gives him a chance Ali knows Gabe Qualls better than anyone, so when his friend goes missing, Ali jumps right into action. Being Alex Cross's son has taught him the skills he needs to solve the mystery- intelligence, persistence, and logic. One thing he didn't inherit? Patience. Because Ali knows that with every day that passes without the police finding Gabe, the less likely it is that he'll ever be found. And being Alex Cross's son, he refuses to accept those odds.

Murder Thy Neighbour (Murder Is Forever: Volume 4)

Murder Thy Neighbour (Murder Is Forever: Volume 4)

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2020

As seen on Discovery ID, these two true-crime thrillers follow a neighbours' quarrel that turns violent and cyber-bullying that explodes in a double murder. MURDER THY NEIGHBOUR (with Andrew Bourelle) Ann Hoover is a nice woman, but she's come to hate her neighbour. Roy Kirk moved in next door with plans to renovate. But as the weeks go by, his DIY construction turns to shambles and Roy himself becomes sullen and hostile. When Ann takes him to court, Roy's retaliation will be shockingly gruesome. MURDER IRL (with Max DiLallo) Jenelle Potter has always been better at connecting through social media than in person. With overprotective parents, she hasn't had many options to meet people until she links up Billy. But her feelings for Billy are unreciprocated, causing Jenelle to start a virtual war - a war that enters the real world.

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