Wil taped an interview segment last month for PBS’s ‘New Jersey Spotlight News’ on the red-hot topic of banned books. The threat of censorship in our school and public libraries is growing at an alarming rate. National Banned Book Week ran from September 18-24 this year, and PBS contacted Wil for an author’s perspective as part of a larger report on the issue. Also interviewed was New Jersey librarian Martha Hickson, who received the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians earlier this year and has endured considerable challenges of her own where book banning is concerned.
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One of the fastest-growing new series of middle-grade novels, Wil’s ‘Twisted’ books have now begun distributing to more than a dozen nations around the world, including China, Japan, England, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and the Czech Republic. This follows the recent success of two new titles—‘A Pool of Deathly Blue’ and ‘The Other’—to add to the original five that launched the series shortly before the Covid pandemic. More ‘Twisted’ stories will be releasing later this year, including ‘The Mystery of Locker 24’, which was announced a short time ago.
The ‘Twisted’ books have already become a staple among
library collections, noted for their ‘Twilight Zone’-esque storylines, real-world
themes, fully formed characters, and particular appeal among reluctant readers.
The Junior Library Guild made the second title, ‘House of a Million Rooms’, one
of their Main Selection Picks while also giving it their Gold Standard Award
for middle-grade fiction writing. The latest title, ‘The Other’, received a
superb review in ‘Booklist’, and the series as a whole has received ringing
endorsements from librarians all across the United States, including one from
American Library Association president emeritus Betty Turock.
“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.
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.
If you know a young reader of middle-grade age (roughly 11 to 14) who enjoys creepy stories—e.g., Goosebumps, Stranger Things, The Twilight Zone—then enter the new Goodreads contest to win one of five copies of Wil’s second ‘Twisted’ book, House of a Million Rooms.
According to the publisher’s catalog, “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….”
Click here and click on the ‘Enter Giveaway’ button. There is no cost to enter.
House of a Million Rooms officially releases on March 1st.