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Wil to Make Appearance at Princeton Library for Pi Day

Wil is going to be making an appearance in Princeton, NJ to help celebrate Pi Day this year. On Saturday, March 9th, he’ll be a guest author at the Princeton Library, where he’ll be discussing and reading from his recently released biography on Albert Einstein, available now from Dorling-Kindersley Publishing.

Pi Day is officially celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant—the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter—which is approximately 3.14159.

For more information on Wil’s appearance, please go here—

Celebrate Pi Day with Children’s Author Wil Mara

Win a Free Copy of Wil’s Second ‘Twisted’ Book, ‘House of a Million Rooms’

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.

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

“At a local flea market, thirteen-year-old Brian Hart meets a creepy old man who gives him homemade computer software that can predict NFL games before they’re played. But is the power to see the future really as beneficial as Brian believes…?”

So begins The Videomaniac, the first story in Wil’s creepy new series, ‘Twisted.’ To read the opening chapters, click here, and they should open in your browser automatically.

You can purchase your copy of The Videomaniac on Amazon by clicking here.

The next title in the ‘Twisted’ series, House of a Million Rooms releases on March 1, 2019 and is available for pre-order on Amazon by clicking here.

Wil’s ‘Modern Media’ Series Earns Great Review from ‘School Library Journal’

The leading trade publication for school librarians, School Library Journal, gave Wil’s new ‘Global Citizens: Modern Media’ series, from Cherry Lake Publishing, a fantastic review—

(For Grades 6–8) From how we watch television to what we buy to how we feel about our bodies, visual and print media plays a huge role. Concise writing and bold graphics dig into the history, civics, and economics of each topic. Advancing technologies and how they have affected our media habits are also looked at. Readers are encouraged to think critically and develop their own opinions, a feature supported by both the sidebars peppered throughout and the information in the back matter. The “Developing Questions,” “Gathering Evidence and Evaluating Sources,” “Developing Claims and Using Evidence,” “Taking Informed Action,” and “Communicating Conclusions” sections are meant to maximize student engagement with the content in a productive manner. VERDICT With uses in the curriculum or for pleasure reading, this thought-provoking look at media takes a unique, academic focus and will benefit most collections.

New ‘Trackers’ E-Story to Be Piloted by Wil on Behalf of NJCFB

Wil is going to be heading up the newest installment of the popular ‘Jersey Trackers’ e-serial on behalf of the New Jersey Center for the Book, of which he is a member of the Board of Directors’ executive committee. The last installment, The Jersey Trackers and the Imagination Tree Mystery, received an overwhelmingly positive response from educators, parents, and students. The new story,  entitled The Jersey Trackers and the Greatest Mystery in All of History, will be announced in person by Wil at the annual conference of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians in early December. For more information please visit the NJCFB site here—