James Patterson is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School books, Treasure Hunters, House of Robots and the I Funny, Confessions, Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard and Daniel X series.
Q. What books did you read when you were a child?
A. I loved Peter Pan. Still love Peter Pan. I’m pretty sure that I wrote the “Maximum Ride” books for kids — starting with my own beloved Jack — because of my affection as a child for Peter Pan. I also grew up reading Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. I was always on the hunt for buried treasure. I have never quite got over that urge to find it, which is what gave me the idea for Treasure Hunters.
Q. What is the best thing about reading?
A. Reading is one of the building blocks of life and can take you to another world. It also encourages imagination, which is invaluable, and helps with school. Finding joy in reading at a young age is especially important.
Q. What is your all time favourite book?
A. My favourite book is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and my favourite kids’ book is The Book Thief.
Q. How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
A. When my son, Jack, was eight, he wasn’t excited about reading. We said, “You’re going to read every day in the summer.” And he said, “Do I have to?” And we said, “Yeah, unless you want to live in the garage, but we’re going to get cool books for you.” We went out with him, got a dozen or so books ranging from Percy Jackson to Al Capone Does My Shirts to A Wrinkle in Time. By the end of the summer, Jack had read 12 books and he liked all of them. And the next summer, he had warmed more to the idea of getting books together, and the following summer, he was really excited to do it.
That was why I wrote my first series for young adults - Maximum Ride. Then came Daniel X, Witch & Wizard, Middle School, Confessions, Treasure Hunters and now House of Robots.
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