This a great ‘Treasure Hunters Book’ for kids from James Patterson!
To continue his mission of getting more kids reading, best-selling author James Patterson is hitting the high seas.
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The illustrated novel Treasure Hunters (Little, Brown), on sale Sept. 16, kicks off a new children’s series for Patterson that follows the Kidd siblings as they search for adventure as well as their missing mom and dad. Chris Grabenstein is a co-author of the 480-page book, and Juliana Neufeld draws the artwork “created” by 12-year-old Rebecca “Beck” Kidd within the story.
“This is my passion, much more than the adult books now,” Patterson says. “I am really into this, I love it and I think it’s going to do some good things for people.
“It’s an interesting direction now, books that are heavily illustrated but also have a lot of prose. There’s a lot to read and a lot to really engage you. It sort of splits the difference between novels and movies.”
Aimed at kids 7 to 13, Treasure Hunters is a contemporary version of the pirate books, such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, that sparked Patterson’s interests as a kid. But it also has equal parts action and humor akin to Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The four Kidds — including Beck and her twin brother Bickford (aka “Bick”), 14-year-old Storm and “Tailspin” Tommy, 17 — have grown up on a boat and spent their childhoods joining their big-time treasure-hunting parents on expeditions to find swords, gold and other baubles at the bottom of the ocean.
Their mother and father go missing on the job, though, and the siblings run afoul of pirates and the family’s villainous rival. They piece together clues to solve the mystery of what happened to their parents while fighting to survive as a close unit.
“There’s some danger but not danger that’s scary scary — danger that’s kind of interesting and fun,” Patterson says.
The series will take the Kidds all over the globe — the first book features a journey that runs from the Caribbean up through Miami and on to New York City — as they take over the family business.
“Part of it that’s always a big subject for me is kids taking responsibility for their own actions at whatever age, which is a cool thing to get kids thinking about,” Patterson says.
The author’s main goal, however, is just putting a lot of books in children’s hands. The second Treasure Hunters book is done and Patterson plans a new one every year. He also has a new volume in his Middle School series, How I Survived Broccoli, Bullies, and Snake Hill, dueJune 24.
“There are a lot more kids out there who are reluctant readers than people would want to admit,” Patterson says. “In so far as these kids don’t read enough, they’re just not going to be as fulfilled as human beings, as citizens, as spouses, etc.
“That all drives me to write books that kids are going to read and go, ‘Give me another frickin’ book.’ ”