James has the SECRET to getting your kids reading and loving it.
You tell me in letters and emails that your kids won't read but, before you give up on them, take a look at my series, Maximum Ride. It's about five kids who can FLY. I wrote it for all of you, but I especially had your kids in mind.
Here's my promise to you: AS MUCH AS YOU LOVE READING ALEX CROSS AND THE WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB, YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE MAXIMUM RIDE.
But don't just take my word for it. Here's what kids have to say...
"Practically ready-made for a movie script, raw, so-thrilling-it-drags-kids-in-by-their-throats entertainment... With MAXIMUM RIDE the claim of ‘addictive' is completely true. You cannot put it down. I could not put it down... Younger kids will feel comfortable with it... but this book is thick enough to appeal to more advanced readers... The writing is quick, fresh, funny, smart, and rolls along with all the smoothness of running water."
-- Karina, 13, for THE TORONTO SUN
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment had me hooked from start to finish. I loved it and cannot wait until the next book! ...Unlike most series where the story starts off a bit slow so you get to know the characters, this story starts off with a bang!
-- Ashley, 16
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment... is an incredible book that deals with important subjects for our modern world. It raises moral questions about DNA experimentation, but also manages to deal with the issues and experiences that every teenager and child goes through. The best part, however, is that Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment does this questioning of our heart and minds in an entertaining and fun way... James Patterson's captivating story is one that I highly recommend. I commend him on his ability to take characters very different from ordinary teenagers and make them completely relatable to us normal people in all the important ways. Maximum Ride is not just human, but then again, she is... To all readers, but especially to those who favor adventure and science fiction, read James Patterson's Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. I promise that it is a "ride" worth taking.
-- Jenna, 15
I loved Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. I could not put it down. I finished it in 1 day. While different than Patterson's When the Wind Blows, I still enjoyed reading more about the winged children. I can't wait for the next one to come out.
-- Stephanie, 18
I loved this book! It was sooo exciting and suspenseful that I literally jumped when something would happen. The narrator's voice was hilarious; I laughed out loud in the middle of my English class. It was a great book and I can't wait until the next one comes out.
-- Hanna, 16
"I thought MAXIMUM RIDE was simply WONDERFUL!! I loved the plot, the suspense, and the flow of this book. It was 20% funny, 20% suspense, 20% surprise, and 40% action! I liked it and told my friends about it and they can't wait to read it too!"
-- Joshua, 13
"I couldn't put MAXIMUM RIDE down. I had to find out what comes next. I really liked the characters because they were not perfect. They all had problems, both individually and as a group, but they worked through these problems, like we all do. I want to read the next one, what will happen to the flock of friends next? It was an amazing ride."
-- Allyssa, 10th grade
Give Maximum Ride to a kid you love. And tell them to check out maximumride.com. It's pretty terrific, too.
All my best,