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This summer I visited the Physical Therapist several times and was asked by both the Physical Therapist and one of his assistants what I did or had done for my career. When I replied that I had sold books to schools and libraries for twenty - one years and was publishing a blog about authors and books, I was asked what authors or books I could recommend for their children. After I had thought for a moment, I thought about those I had previously written about and then two men came to mind.

Today I would like to write about James Patterson and Gary Paulsen and mention some titles they have written and why they are so popular.


et us first consider James Patterson, his early life, education, career and his works.

James was born on March 22, 1947, in Newburgh, New York to Isabelle (Morris) a homemaker and Charles Patterson, an insurance broker. His family were working class and of Irish descent. James attended Manhattan College and graduated summa cum laude and earned a B.A. and also earned a M.A. in English from Vanderbilt University. James was a Ph.D. candidate at Vanderbilt but acquired a job as an advertising executive at J. Walter Thompson Ad Agency. After he retired from advertising in 1996 he devoted his time to writing. His novels featuring Alex Cross, a forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who now works as a private psychologist and government consultant, are his most popular and the top-selling U.S. detective series in the past ten years. Patterson has written 147 novels since 1976. He has 114 New York Times bestselling novels and holds the New York Times record for most #1 New York Times bestsellers by a single author, a total of 67, which is also a Guinness World Record. His novels account for one in 17, roughly 6%, of all hardcover novels sold in the United States; in recent years his novels have sold more copies than those of Stephen King, John Grisham, and Dan Brown combined.

His books have sold more than 300 million copies and he was the first person to sell 1 million e-books. In 2016, he topped Forbes list of highest paid authors for the third consecutive year, with an income of $95 million. His total income over a decade is estimated at $700 million.

In November 2015, James Patterson received the Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation, which cited him as a “passionate campaigner to make books and reading a national priority”. He is a generous supporter of universities, teachers colleges, independent bookstores, school libraries, and college students and has donated millions of dollars in grants and scholarships with the purpose of encouraging Americans of all ages to read more books.

As an advocate of reading, in 2013 James took out ads titled, “Who will save our books? Our Bookstores? Our Libraries?” in Publishers Weekly and The New York Times Book Review, which employed the text “If there are no bookstores, no libraries, no serious publishers with passionate, dedicated, idealistic editors, what will happen to our literature? Who will discover and mentor new writers? Who will publish our important books? What will happen if there are no more books like these? James called these ads an attempt to “stir the pot a little bit.” Digital Book World called the ads “refreshing, really, and brave.”


is works include the popular Alex Cross Series, Women’s Murderer Series, and Michael Bennett Series.

James Patterson, his wife Susan (Sue), and their son Jack live in Palm Beach, Florida. Also in 2015, he established the James Patterson Pledge with Scholastic Book Clubs to put books in the hands of young readers.


Official website: http://www.jamespatterson.com

Information retrieved from “https:en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=James_Patterson&oldid=98128909”

Our next recommended author for youth is Gary Paulsen.


ry James Paulsen was born May 17, 1939. He is an American writer of young adult literature, best known for coming of age stories about the wilderness. He is the author of more than 200 books and has written more than 200 magazine articles and short stories, and several plays, all primarily for teenagers. He won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 1997 for his lifetime contribution in writing for teens.

One of his many popular titles, HATCHET was honored by the Newberry Award in 1986.

As an elementary school student he struggled in his literacy classes. In his youth, he worked several jobs including setting pins in a bowling alley, delivering newspapers, and working as a farmhand. He bought his own school supplies and also bought a .22 single-shot rifle, which he used to hunt for sustenance. Eventually, he gave up the rifle and manufactured his own bow and arrows which he used to hunt deer.

Even though Gary is a very successful author, he says he chooses to live in relative poverty. He lives with his wife, Ruth, who illustrates children’s literature, in La Luz, New Mexico. He also spends time living on a houseboat on the Pacific Ocean.

In 1983, 1985, and 2006 he entered the 1150 mile Iditarod Trail Dog Race. Gary Paulsen is an avid outdorsman ( a hunter and trapper) who maintains a 40 acre spread north of Willow, Alaska, where he breeds and trains sled dogs for the Iditarod.

Much of Gary Paulen’s work features the outdoors and highlights the importance of nature. He often uses “coming of age” themes in his novels, where a character masters the art of survival in isolation as a rite to manhood and maturity.

His works include the Hatchet series, or Brian’s adventures, five novels published from 1987 to 2003 compromises his best-known work. Dogsong, My Life In Dog Years, The Winter Room, and Harris and Me are his most popular novels. Woodsong and Winterdance are among the most popular books about the Iditarod.



Information retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gary_Paulsen&oldid=982433639

So, there you have two highly recommended authors for your older children to read. Several years ago I had a Publishers display at the Idaho Reading Association Convention in Twin Falls, Idaho and heard Gary speak. I really enjoyed his talk about outdoor adventures.

As always in these articles, we hope to encourage LITERACY, LEARNING AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT.

Thank you for reading this article and especially visiting our website: www.infoproductsunlimited.com We invite you to visit us again soon!

Michael Inman

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