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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!

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

Max Einstein: Saves the Future

Max Einstein: Saves the Future

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

James Patterson has teamed up with the world's most famous genius to entertain and inspire a generation of children - with the first and only children's adventure series officially approved by the Albert Einstein archives. Max Einstein is never going to be your average 12-year-old kid. She . . . is on the run from a group of villains talks to Albert Einstein spends timesearching for information on her parents saves the world with the help of her genius friends Totally not ordinary stuff - unless you're Max Einstein! Now Max and her friends are back and ready to take on their biggest problem yet: world hunger. While the Change Makers tackle this huge issue, Max must also avoid the evil Corp and her nemesis, Dr. Zimm. But they're not the only ones looking for Max, and as she finds herself on the run, she discovers that Einstein created a time machine. And it might give her clues to her past - her distant past . . .

Max Einstein: Saves the Future

Max Einstein: Saves the Future

Author: James Patterson Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

James Patterson has teamed up with the world's most famous genius to entertain and inspire a generation of children - with the first and only children's adventure series officially approved by the Albert Einstein archives. Max Einstein is never going to be your average 12-year-old kid. She . . . is on the run from a group of villains talks to Albert Einstein spends timesearching for information on her parents saves the world with the help of her genius friends Totally not ordinary stuff - unless you're Max Einstein! Now Max and her friends are back and ready to take on their biggest problem yet: world hunger. While the Change Makers tackle this huge issue, Max must also avoid the evil Corp and her nemesis, Dr. Zimm. But they're not the only ones looking for Max, and as she finds herself on the run, she discovers that Einstein created a time machine. And it might give her clues to her past - her distant past . . .

Private Moscow (Private 15)

Private Moscow (Private 15)

Author: James Patterson, Adam Hamdy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

'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' 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 _____________________________ THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 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' ****

Texas Outlaw The Ranger has gone rogue...

Texas Outlaw The Ranger has gone rogue...

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

THE THRILLING SEQUEL TO TEXAS RANGER Rory Yates of the Texas Rangers doesn't seek out hero status, but it's unavoidable once his girlfriend, country singer Willow Dawes, writes a song about his bravery. Rory escapes his new-found fame when he's sent to the remote West Texas town of Rio Lobo to investigate the death of a local councilwoman. Local detective Ariana Delgado is convinced that this seemingly accidental death is actually a murder. Rory begins to uncover a tangle of small-town secrets and lies. To get to the truth, he's forced to step outside the law he has dedicated his life to upholding. Now, while Rory is tracking a killer, the Texas Rangers are tracking him...

Private Moscow (Private 15)

Private Moscow (Private 15)

Author: James Patterson, Adam Hamdy Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

'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' 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 _____________________________ THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 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 Midwife Murders

The Midwife Murders

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

A missing patient is a hospital ward's worst nightmare - until even more people disappear . . . To Senior Midwife Lucy Ryuan, pregnancy is not an unusual condition, it's her life's work. But when two kidnappings and a vicious stabbing happen on her watch, her focus abruptly changes. Something has to be done, and Lucy is fearless enough to try. As rumours and accusations fly around Manhattan, Lucy teams up with a skeptical NYPD detective to solve the case. But the truth is far more twisted than either of them could ever have imagined.

The Midwife Murders

The Midwife Murders

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

A missing patient is a hospital ward's worst nightmare - until even more people disappear . . . Senior Midwife Lucy Ryuan is used to guiding expectant mothers through pregnancy. But when two kidnappings and a vicious stabbing happen on her watch, her focus abruptly changes. Something has to be done, and Lucy is fearless enough to try. As rumours and accusations fly around Manhattan, Lucy teams up with a sceptical NYPD detective to solve the case. But the truth is far more twisted than either of them could ever have imagined.

Eight Questions About Sexuality

Eight Questions About Sexuality

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2020

In recent years there has been a revolution in views about human sexuality. Long-held certainties about sexual behaviour have been swept aside by some. Others feel that the old certainties were the right ones, whilst yet others just feel confused about so many conflicting views. In this booklet John Patterson, a retired minister within the Church of England, briefly addresses eight questions about sexuality including gay marriage, transgender and homophobia. He seeks to explain why the Bible is the foundation of a Christian's understanding and how the Bible answers the questions he raises

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