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The New Jersey affiliate of the United States Library of Congress has chosen Wil Mara as this year’s receipient of the ‘Literary Lion Award.’ The LLA is given annually to “…an individual who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to literacy, reading, and the print culture in the State of New Jersey.” Past recipients include Gus Friedrich, Dean Emeritus of Rutgers University, and Joyce Carol Oates, National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist. The award ceremony will be held at the New Jersey governor’s mansion in Princeton in the spring of 2020, at a date to be determined.

Wil has been writing for thirty-three years and is the author of more than 270 published titles. His most recent offering, the new middle-grade series ‘Twisted’, has enjoyed breakout success in school and public libraries, including an unexpectedly large following among reluctant readers.

For more information about the Library of Congress—


Following the ongoing success of his new ‘Twisted’ series, Wil has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for this year’s Youth Services conference, hosted by the New Jersey Librarians Association. The conference is an annual gathering of New Jersey librarians who specialize in material for young readers and administer related programs in their communities. The topic of Wil’s talk will be ‘The Myth of the Reluctant Reader’ in the wake of ‘Twisted’s massive popularity among children who normally do little or no voluntary reading in their free time.

The conference will be held on Monday, October 7, at the Monroe Township Public Library in Middlesex County, NJ. More information about the event and the NJLA in general can be found here—


Read the opening chapter of the third ‘Twisted’ story, The Time Trap

“Fourteen-year-old Delilah Bremmer yearns to return to the happier times before her parents divorced. Then, through an incredible set of circumstances, she discovers a gateway to those perfect days. But are they as perfect as she remembers…?”

The Time Trap is the third story in Wil’s new supernatural series for middle-grade readers known as ‘Twisted.’ Out for less than one year, the ‘Twisted’ series has already been recognized by the Junior Library Guild and has proven a favorite among young readers in both school and public libraries, with many librarians reporting that they are in constant circulation! To read the opening chapters of The Time Trap, click here.

You can purchase your copy of The Time Trap on Amazon starting August 1st by clicking here. It is currently available for pre-order.

Read the Opening Chapters of the Second ‘Twisted’ Story and Order!

“Three friends go against their parents’ wishes and enter the old house that’s been sitting abandoned on the edge of town for over a hundred years—and quickly realize getting back out isn’t simply a matter of turning around….”

House of a Million Rooms is the second story in Wil’s new supernatural series for middle-grade readers ‘Twisted.’ It has also been chosen by the Junior Library Guild as a Main Selection title! To read the opening chapters, click here.

You can purchase your copy of House of a Million Rooms on Amazon by clicking here.

The next title in the ‘Twisted’ series, The Time Trap releases on August 1, 2019 and is available for pre-order on Amazon by clicking here.

‘House of a Million Rooms’ Chosen as a Junior Library Guild Main Selection

The second book in Wil’s new ‘Twisted’ series, House of a Million Rooms, has been chosen by the Junior Library Guild as one of their upcoming Main Selection titles. The JLG is a monthly book club founded in 1929 and is based today in New York City. It’s stated mission is to “…help thousands of K-12 school and public libraries acquire the best new children’s and young adult books.” Past editorial selection committee members have included Eleanor Roosevelt and Carl van Doren, and other featured titles include children’s classics such as Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss and Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

For more information about House of a Million Rooms, click here.

For more information about the Junior Library Guild, click here.