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Friday, December 7, 2018

Alane Adams Author Interview

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Alane Adams is a children’s author, professor, and literacy advocate. She is the author of the Legends of Orkney fantasy mythology series for tweens; she also writes Early American picture books for young children. Adams lives in Southern California.

Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 2
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: SparkPress (November 6, 2018)
ISBN-10: 194300675X
ISBN-13: 978-1943006755


“The circus is bursting with amazing sights and sounds, from clowns and elephants to a lady with a beard, in The Circus Thief, a delightfully nostalgic tale of compassion, kindness, and generosity.” ―Foreword Clarion Reviews

“Bright, brave characters star in this exhilarating tale of magic and mystical creatures.” ―
Kirkus Reviews

Why is storytelling so important for all of us?

Storytelling allows us to experience the world beyond our own experiences and imagination. It allows us to imagine what it would be like to be a boy with magic, or a girl who falls down a rabbit hole. When we read, we inhabit the souls of the characters, read their innermost thoughts, and traverse the journey with them. This teaches us one of the most important human skills—empathy.

What is your happiest childhood memory?
We took a lot of road trips—sometimes driving thousands of miles through Mexico on hunting trips. That was back in the days when there were no iPads or devices so a book was the only thing that passed the time. The whole family would be reading stretched out on mattresses in the back of the truck (no seatbelts back then!) while my dad would sing old songs while he drove.

What made you decide to write books for children?
I had always wanted to be an author, but never had the courage to really pursue it. I dreamed of writing paranormal suspense novels and wanted to be the next Dean Koontz! And then one day my 12-year-old son approached me and asked me to write him a book he could read. It was the best day of my life because from that day forward, I was a children’s author!

What was your favorite subject when you were in school and why?
Not to be clichĂ©, but definitely English! I loved to read and always wanted to be an author. It just didn’t seem practical and so I chose other paths for my education.

What was the greatest thing you learned at school?

Wear shorts under your dress if you’re going to do twirls on the bars.

In your new book; THE CIRCUS THIEF, can you tell my Book Nerd Kids Community a little about it and why they should read your novel?
The Circus Thief tells the story of Georgie’s exciting day at the circus. All four of the Thief books are based on stories my dad told me about growing up on the farm in Pennsylvania. So the fact is, he had a circus horse named Roxie like the horse in the book! It is a heartwarming tale of how working hard can pay its rewards by being allowed to go to the circus, and Papa, having a big heart, teaches Georgie compassion for others, including animals, by agreeing to save Roxie from the work farm.

For those who are unfamiliar with Georgie, how would you introduce him?
Georgie is an eight-year-old boy growing up on a farm in 1920s Pennsylvania who has a habit of getting into trouble when he least expects it! He sometimes makes mistakes, but Mama and Papa have a way of helping him learn from them.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I would love to have Georgie meet Captain Underpants! Just imagine all the trouble they could get into together.

What part of Harley did you enjoy writing the most?
I feel bad for Harley—times are tough and he’s desperate. Desperate times make people act in ways they otherwise wouldn’t. So I don’t think of Harley as a bad friend, just one who is really in a hard place.

You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?
The library is the most magical place on earth. They hand out books for free, let you take them home and read them, then come back and give you more. Always have a library card!

What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a kid?
I think I like the 1970’s the best. Things were so much simpler back with only like eight channels to choose from on TV, we had the Brady Bunch and the Partridge Family—life was good!

The last time you were at a circus?
It’s been a while, but I took my boys to the Ringling Bros. circus several times while they were growing up. Like Georgie, seeing elephants up close was probably the coolest thing ever.

What is your greatest adventure?
Being a parent has been my greatest and most rewarding adventure. Seeing my kids go from helpless infants through awkward school years to becoming productive members of society and even getting married has been an amazing journey, with much more to come!

What did you do for your last birthday?
Ha, I was on a book tour in Arizona visiting schools.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?
No matter how tired a teenager is, the idea that they should go to bed earlier is completely illogical.

What was your favorite book as a child and why?
I can still remember reading The Hobbit—those first few pages and the magical journey it took me on. To this day, I only like writing fantasy fiction.

If you could go back in time to one point in your life, where would you go?
It’s hard because I like where I’m at, and life is about taking the bumps in the road to get where you are. But if I had to, I think I would go back to that moment I waffled over majoring in English and choose my passion over my practicality. 

  • 1. Give them a story with characters they can relate to, like 8-year-old Georgie.
  • 2. For picture books, make the illustrations eye-catching and heart-tugging. The pictures tell much of the story for younger kids, so they have to capture the heart of the characters.
  • 3. Make the story exciting enough to get them to want to turn the pages. That means giving the character a problem that can be solved in a very short time since we only have 32 pages!
  • 4. The best way to get a child to read, is to spend a lot of time reading together. That means one on one time, snuggled up, with only a book for a distraction. 
  • 5. Always have a fresh stack of books alongside the old favorites. Kids will reread the same book they love, but its good to have fresh stories to create new favorites.
  • 6. Because reading levels change all the time, be sure to be adding in more challenging stories that they can sink their teeth into.
  • 7. Carve out a regular time for reading together. Whether its bedtime, or snack time. Try to be consistent.
  • 8. Don’t rush reading time! Don’t make it a “just one more thing we have to do”. It is the single most important activity you can do together, so treat it as a sacred time.
  • 9. Do pick out books kids are going to like. They don’t all have to be classics. A good Captain Underpants story can really make things fun!
  • 10. Try to connect books to real-life experiences. Read The Circus Thief then make a plan to go to the circus!

The circus is in town, and Georgie has his heart set on going. When Papa agrees to take him and his friend Harley, the boys marvel at the amazing elephants and clowns. But the best act of all is the amazing Roxie, a trained horse who can do all sorts of tricks. When Georgie is invited to ride on her back, he discovers it’s her last show―Roxie is going to be sent to the work farm! When Roxie bolts with Georgie on her back, Papa must come to his rescue.

The Circus Thief is a heartwarming tale of boyhood set in 1920s Pennsylvania for children ages 4–8.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sara Holland Author Interview

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Sara Holland grew up in small-town Minnesota among hundreds of books. She graduated from Wesleyan University and worked in a tea shop, a dentist’s office, and a state capitol building before heading to New York to work in publishing. These days, she can be found exploring the city’s bookstores or finding new ways to put caffeine in her bloodstream. EVERMORE is the sequel to her New York Times-bestselling debut novel EVERLESS.


Series: Everless
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (December 4, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062653679
ISBN-13: 978-0062653673

Praise for EVERLESS

“Sara Holland is a fierce storyteller. An intoxicating blend of blood, secrets, and haunting mythology, Everless gives new and terrifying meaning to the phrase running out of time.” Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

“Debut author Holland builds this world effortlessly. The author captures a fierce and solid female protagonist in Jules and surprising plot twists and unexpected villains make this series opener the next big thing. An action-packed, must-have fantasy for all YA shelves.” School Library Journal

“Holland’s lush, intricately drawn world hides an undercurrent of darkness underneath a veneer of beauty and finery, and the twists are genuinely surprising. Jules’s first-person narration reveals a smart, resilient young woman determined to reconcile her past with an uncertain future. Readers will eagerly await her next journey.” Publishers Weekly

“Propelled by inventive lore and magic, Jules’ story is a heady, addicting page-turner—especially for readers who prize worldbuilding over romance. Utterly absorbing; a must for fans of Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass (2012) and its sequels.” Kirkus Reviews

“Holland’s debut is set in an intricate and immersive fantasy world. The concept of Everless is refreshing and unique, and readers will be desperate to figure out Jules’ history as she unravels it.” Booklist

“Like her protagonist, Sara Holland has a unique gift for manipulating time. Readers will lose themselves in her stunning prose for hours on end and be hungry for more when they reach the last page.” Laura Sebastian, New York Times bestselling author of Ash Princess

What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
It’s hard to pick just one thing… but I learned to critically look at a piece of writing, break it down, and revise it from the ground up, which has helped me since then on everything from college essays to massive novels.

What was your favorite book as a child and why?
I was obsessed with STELLALUNA by Janell Cannon, a picture book about a young bat who’s separated from her mother, grows up in a family of birds, and is eventually reunited with the bats but stays friends with the birds. I’m not sure why; maybe it resonated with me as an introverted kid who always felt a little out of place?

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to have a life in writing?
This probably isn’t new advice to anyone, but read, read, read! Read in all genres, but especially in the one you want to write. I think all books are part of one big, glorious conversation, and becoming familiar with that conversation will help you refine what you have to say.

In your newest book, EVERMORE; can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about the novel?
For sure, though it’s hard to do so without spoilers! The end of EVERLESS found Jules escaping from the Everless estate, alone and carrying a secret that upended everything she thought she knew about herself. In EVERMORE, she tries to learn about herself and her past in order to defeat a great enemy; but doing so might cost her everything she loves.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Jules?
Before Jules, I’d never tried to write a character who was grieving. I was worried her grief would make the story feel too heavy or monotonous or sad. But once I made sure to show her going after her goals despite—or even because of—her grief, it stopped being a weight on the narrative and instead propelled it along.

For those who are unfamiliar with your series; EVERMORE, how would you introduce it?
EVERLESS and EVERMORE take place in Sempera, a world where time is literally money—it can be bought and sold, meaning that the rich live for centuries while the poor trade their futures away just to stay alive in the now. In the midst of this world, seventeen-year-old Jules takes a job at the Downton Abbey-esque Everless estate to save her father, but discovers that Everless and the people in it are not always what they seem—and nor is Jules herself.

Aside from Jules, which of your characters do you feel has grown the most since book one and in what way have they changed?
Liam changes a lot over the course of EVERMORE especially. While his two driving forces—his love of learning and his love of Jules—stay constant, he has to learn to live with Jules the real person, not the idealized Jules he’s built up in his head. Which means learning to trust, give up control, and taking time to relax sometimes—a necessary skill, even with danger at their heels.

Which character have you enjoyed getting to know the most over the course of writing EVERMORE Series?
Ina Gold was super fun to write because she surprised me! At first, I’d envisioned her to be a sort of typical spoiled princess character, but in every scene she was in she somehow took on new dimensions of her own accord, becoming warm and funny and a great ray of light in an otherwise pretty dark book.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
Nothing official just yet, but I’d love to write a contemporary fantasy someday—something like my favorite books growing up, which made me believe magic could be just around the corner!

Tell me about a favorite event of your childhood.
My third-grade class had an overnight field trip at the local zoo, and the girls’ sleeping area was in front of the aquarium exhibit. It was so weird and cool to lay in my sleeping bag, beneath that weird, dim green light, and watch the tropical fish and sharks drift by all night.

What is your favorite restaurant in town and why?
The all-day restaurant-bar-cafĂ© near my apartment, where they have great drinks and don’t mind my hogging a table with my laptop when I don’t feel like writing at home!

When you looked in the mirror first thing this morning, what was the first thing you thought?
That the onset of winter is really doing a number on my skin…

What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a teenager?
I like the aesthetic of the 1920s, but to be honest, would probably stick to the 90’s or 00’s, what with those decades’ relative progressivism and modern medicine. J

What do you usually think about right before falling asleep?
I usually plot out bits and pieces of whatever story I’m working on!

What was your favorite childhood television program?
I was and remain a big SpongeBob fan. (RIP Stephen Hillenburg!)

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
It might be moving to New York after college with no savings and only a vague plan of working in book publishing… it worked out, but not without some trial and error.

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today?
I had sort of a falling out with my friend group in high school right around graduation. Which sucked, and I spent a lot of time alone that summer, but I think it made me more willing, in college, to be more outgoing and seek out new experiences, because what did I have to lose?

  • Hogwarts, of course!
  • Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter world
  • Lyra’s world in THE GOLDEN COMPASS
  • Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse
  • Holly Black’s Faerie
  • Orleans from THE BELLES 
  • Kenettra from THE YOUNG ELITES
  • Caraval
  • The world of FOR A MUSE OF FIRE

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

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Thank you SARA HOLLAND for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of Everless (Everless #1) by Sara Holland. 

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Winter Is Coming Giveaway Hop

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"The characters’ backstories are complex and moving, and the unpredictability of the disease will break readers’ hearts. Teens will clamor to read this before the film version releases in March 2019." Booklist, November 1, 2018

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Ashley Elston Author Interview

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Ashley Elston is the author of several novels, including THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING (a finalist in the Best Young Adult Novel category of the International Thriller Awards) and THIS IS OUR STORY. She graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Ashley worked for many years as a wedding photographer before turning her hand to writing. Ashley lives in Louisiana with her husband and three sons.


Can you tell us when you started THE LYING WOODS, how that came about?
I watched a documentary on Bernie Madoff a few years ago and was fascinated by the fact the he was able to swindle so many people out of so much money for so long. And it made me start thinking about what if this were to happen in a small town.

Are there any new Authors that have grasped your interest and why?

What is needed for a story to be good?
You have to have tension! Lots of tension and high stakes! And for me, there also has to be a romantic element as well.

What do you hope for people to be thinking after they read your novel?
After reading The Lying Woods, I hope the reader is sitting there stunned because they never saw the twists coming. Also, I hope the reader loved learning about pecan harvesting.

What chapter was the most memorable to write and why?
Ah! That’s a tough question to answer without giving anything away. I really love the chapters toward the end where everything starts coming together.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
I’m working on a fun rom-com that will be out on October 1, 2019! It’s about a girl who breaks up with her boyfriend before the holidays and finds herself set up by her family, all eager to help mend her broken heart, on ten blind dates over ten days. Think of My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets The Holiday!

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I’d love for Kate from THIS IS OUR STORY to meet Pippa from THE LYING WOODS. I think they’d be great friends.

What’s the best advice you can give writers to help them develop their own unique voice and style?
Read as much as you can! Read widely. Read things you don’t think you’d like.

What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating Owen?
THE LYING WOODS was the first book written solely from a male POV so I learned a lot from Owen. It’s a different way of thinking and I enjoyed the challenge.

What's the worst summer job you've ever had?
I really only waited tables while in high school but that could be frustrating when all of your friends are out doing fun things but you’re stuck at work.

Who told you they loved you last?
My husband

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
That’s a hard one. I love PRIDE AND PREJUDICE so maybe a week in the life of Elizabeth Bennett would be fun.

If you had one day in your life to live over, which would you choose and why?
Tomorrow. Always something to look forward to.

What are the 5 most beautiful things in the world, and why?
Dean – my husband
Miller, Ross and Archer – my three sons
Bella – the best dog ever

When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
No idea!

  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Aveiro, Portugal
  • Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Tuscany, Italy
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
  • South Island, New Zealand
  • Bora Bora

Owen Foster has never wanted for anything. Then his mother shows up at his elite New Orleans boarding school cradling a bombshell: his privileged life has been funded by stolen money. After using the family business, the single largest employer in his small Louisiana town, to embezzle millions and drain the employees' retirement accounts, Owen's father vanished without a trace, leaving Owen and his mother to deal with the fallout.

Owen returns to Lake Cane to finish his senior year, where people he can barely remember despise him for his father's crimes. It's bad enough dealing with muttered insults and glares, but when Owen and his mother receive increasingly frightening threats from someone out for revenge, he knows he must get to the bottom of what really happened at Louisiana Frac--and the cryptic note his father sent him at his boarding school days before disappearing.

Owen's only refuge is the sprawling, isolated pecan orchard he works at after school, owned by a man named Gus who has his own secrets--and in some ways seems to know Owen better than he knows himself. As Owen uncovers a terrible injustice that looms over the same Preacher Woods he's claimed as his own, he must face a shocking truth about his own past--and write a better future.


"A blisteringly quick read, thanks to its compelling story and nonstop surprises." ―Culturess

"Elston has masterfully plotted this story out and the way everything wraps up is incredibly satisfying. The Lying Woods is an exciting novel perfect for fans of contemporary mystery.... Sure to keep you on your toes." ―The Young Folks

*"This is a mystery that introduces characters slowly, with a thoughtful alternating story line and backstory that allows the plot to maintain its pace. Owen's frustration and actions, along with the people whose futures were destroyed by his father, are understandable and build to a satisfying conclusion." ―School Library Journal (starred review)

*"Fans who have come to expect Elston's mastery of situational tension, double narratives, and enthralling mystery will not be disappointed with this newest tale that alternates between past and present perspectives as it barrels toward a stunning reveal... Readers won't even notice the steady pull to the edges of their seats." ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The intergenerational plot complicates the adults in the story, resisting typical YA stereotypes and giving Owen some adults worthy of the trust and affection he invests in them. Readers who enjoy a realistic mystery based on contemporary family dynamics and small-town class conflicts are the audience for this." ―BCCB

"Elston... channels E. Lockhart as she overlays an eerie, mysterious atmosphere on top of a riveting family drama spanning decades... Family secrets and forgiveness drive this gorgeously plotted mystery." ―Booklist

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Dan Elish Author Interview

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Dan Elish is the author of nine novels, including The School for the Insanely Gifted, The Worldwide Dessert Contest, and Born Too Short: Confessions of an 8th Grade Basket Case (Simon & Schuster), which was named a New York Public Library "Book for the Teenage" and a "Young Adult Choice for the International Reading Association.”

Dan co-wrote the book for the Broadway musical 13with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, which premiered on Broadway in 2008 and is slated to be a movie by CBS Films. Dan is also a TV writer who has worked on shows such as Cyberchase (PBS) and Jo-Jo’s Circus (Disney). Dan has received fellowships and scholarships to the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences and is represented by Matt Bialer at Greenburger Associates. He lives in New York with his wife and children.

Age Range: 9 - 12 years
Grade Level: 4 - 7
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (August 7, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1944109544
ISBN-13: 978-1944109547


"…a fast-paced, entertaining story with appealing characters, a healthy dose of action, and a dash of humor." ―Publishers Weekly

Why is storytelling so important for all of us?
Opening a good book is one of life’s great pleasures. There is a sense of escape and of wonder when engrossed in a great story. I think it’s important for everyone to get out of their own head for a while every day and into someone else’s imagination.

What is your happiest childhood memory?
My happiest childhood memory was going to very rural summer camp in Vermont. I went for 9 seasons and learned how to ride horses, swim and generally run free. I fell asleep most nights watching a fire in the fireplace. Very cool. I recommend it for any kid.

What was your favorite subject when you were in school and why?
My favorite subject was math, maybe because that’s what I was best at. My second favorite subject was most definitely English. I was a big reader as a kid. I still remember bringing home THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN and reading it in one sitting on my bed.

What made you decide to write books for children?
In a way it was a fluke. You see, I also write musicals. (I wrote the book for the Broadway musical “13”). After college, I moved to New York City, my hometown, to pursue that. But one day when I was twenty-four years old, I spied a copy of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY on my shelf. I picked it up and read it in an afternoon. By the time I was finished, I had decided that I wanted to try and write something like it. That led to my first book, THE WORLDWIDE DESSERT CONTEST, which was published in 1988.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?
My first book is called THE WORLDWIDE DESSERT CONTEST and it’s still one of my favorites. When I started working on it I thought it would take about three months to write. I was wrong! It took close to two years. The plot kept changing on me and the characters grew in ways I never expected. It’s a fun story about John Applefeller’s burning desire to win the annual Worldwide Dessert Contest held every year in his hometown of Appleton. I started writing the book just before I turned twenty-five and it was published when I was twenty-seven.

What was the most memorable toy you played with from when you were little?
There were so many. I loved jigsaw puzzles. In a way, putting together the different pieces of a long story is like doing a big jigsaw puzzle, trying to get every scene and character to fit together perfectly.

What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
The greatest thing I learned in school was the sense of confidence instilled in me by some of my teachers – a feeling that I could give anything a shot. That helped a lot (and still does) when I’m trying to write something new.

In your new book; THE ROYAL ORDER OF FIGHTING DRAGONS, can you tell my Book Nerd Kids Community a little about it and why they should read your novel?
THE ROYAL ORDER OF FIGHTING DRAGONS is a funny adventure story about a boy named Ike Hollingsberry who discovers that he (and his friends) are the leaders of the Royal Order of Fighting Dragons, a society that dates back to the days of King Arthur. Their assignment? Save New York City from a mad real-estate developer named Theodore Opal. I had a blast writing this one – as usual it took a LONG time – but I’m very pleased with the result. It’s a romp starring six quirky kids that has lots of humor and heart. Check it out!

For those who are unfamiliar with Ike Rupert Hollingsberry, how would you introduce him?
Ike is a good, solid kid who doesn’t realize just how heroic he can be. In the beginning of the book he lives in his famous dad’s shadow. By the end, he’s the courageous leader of the Royal Order of Fighting Dragons and has saved New York City from Theodore Opal (the bad guy) and a swarm of giant, killer locusts.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I’d like to introduce Ike Hollingsberry to Harry Potter. I think that together Ike and Harry could make quite a fighting team. The world could use them!

You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?
Read a lot! If you want to write, too, go for it. Don’t be shy. Just remember that no good story is written on one draft. It takes lots of rewriting. Don’t be scared to show your work to teachers, parents and friends to get advice. Then, if you are inspired, rewrite the story to make it better.

What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a kid?
In all seriousness, I think I’ll stick with my own – the 60’s and 70’s. Life wasn’t perfect but I did have Roald Dahl, skateboards, Schwinn bicycles, J.R.R. Tolkien, summer camp and the Beatles.

What do you usually think about right before falling asleep?
If I’m working on something, I think about what comes next in the story. Sometimes a good night’s sleep can jog the brain and open up new possibilities.

What is your greatest adventure?
My greatest adventure is the next one. Or I could say that my greatest adventure is whatever story I’m going to write next.

What was your favorite childhood television program?
My favorite TV show was probably Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In. Check it out on youtube. Funny, silly stuff!

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today?
My parents divorced when I was 13 which was obviously upsetting. I don’t know if it totally changed the way I think but it remains the most important dramatic moment in my young life.

What was your favorite book as a child and why?
I’m going to answer this way. My family moved to New York City when I was 10. There was a librarian on 79th Street who got to know me. Every week I’d go to the library and she would walk around the room, picking books for me. She never chose a bad one. I remember liking every one of them. After a week or two, I’d return the books and she would load me up again with a new pile. I wish I knew her name so I could thank her today. J

  • CAPTAIN B. ROLLIE RAGOON FROM THE WORLDWIDE DESSERT CONTEST. He’s a genius dessert chef who speaks only in rhymes.
  • WHITNEY FROM JASON AND THE BASEBALL BEAR is a gentle polar bear who also happens to be a baseball expert.
  • SALLY FROM THE GREAT SQUIRREL UPRISING is a ten year old girl who is able to communicate with the squirrels and pigeons who have taken over Central Park in New York City.
  • JANICE CLAYTOOTH FROM THE ATTACK OF THE FROZEN WOODCHUCKS has built a detachable flying saucer in the top floor of her family’s brownstone.
  • HARKIN THUNKENREISER {KNOWN AS "THE THUNK") FROM THE SCHOOL FOR THE INSANELY GIFTED is a long-haired kid, mechanical genius who has built a flying car out of pieces of New York City subway cars, buses and taxi cabs.
  • JOHN APPLEFELLER FROM THE WORLDWIDE DESSERT CONTEST has come in last place every single year he has entered the contest – because his apple desserts always change into something else at the last second.
  • DAPHNA WHISPERS FROM THE SCHOOL FOR THE INSANELY GIFTED is a musical genius who is writing a symphony. She’s also a cool kid who’s trying to find out what happened to her mom when she disappeared.
  • SCRUFF THE IRASCIBLE SQUIRREL FROM THE GREAT SQUIRREL UPRISING is the angry rodent who starts the uprising by commanding other squirrels to block off roads into Central Park.
  • ELMIRA HAND FROM THE ROYAL ORDER OF FIGHTING DRAGONS is an expert in dragons. She has her own blog called “”
  • JIMMY WEATHERS IS FROM THE ATTACK OF THE FROZEN WOODCHUCKS. When Jimmy’s dad is kidnapped by a gang of giant alien frozen woodchucks, Jimmy vows to get him back!

Born to... Fight?

Ike Rupert Hollingsberry is haunted by the past because complete strangers won’t let him forget that his famous father died on the set of The Fighting Dragons, a cult favorite that still has people talking. But when he’s attacked by a large locust, like the one that killed his dad, Ike is helped by the geekiest nerd of all, Elmira Hand. Killing the giant locust is only the beginning of the surprises in store for Ike as he is whisked away from New York City to an isolated Florida compound to assume his role as the next in line to lead the Royal Order of Fighting Dragons—that are NOT supposed to exist—and learns his dad’s death was a cover-up for a far greater purpose…

This book was one of the best books I've ever read. All the characters had great personalities. I was surprised that Ike got to meet his fathers dragon. My favorite dragon was Detroit.

Detroit was very loyal to Ike and the order. Thank you Dan Elish for making one of the best books I've ever read. I can't wait to read more books from you. You're truly an amazing author! I loved this book a lot! I'm excited to read more books from you. This book was so good to read!

Here are Jordan's written reviews as he reads per chapter. Just click the picture to enlarge. ***WARNING** Review Contains SPOILERS. Do NOT click the pictures if you do not wish to be Spoiled.

The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons by Dan Elish - Chapter one through five.

The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons by Dan Elish - Chapter one through through thirteen.

The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons by Dan Elish - Chapter fourteen through nineteen.

The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons by Dan Elish - Chapter twenty through twenty-seven.

The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons by Dan Elish - Chapter twenty-eight though thirty two.

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