Wil is going to be the ongoing host of ‘Voice of American Libraries,’ a podcast series designed to raise awareness of the many challenges facing America’s librarians, both school and public. It will feature prominent figures in the library world discussing the most pressing issues of their profession. This is crucial in a time when the value of libraries is being questioned, funding is distributed with an eyedropper, and positions are being eliminated under the misguided notion that digital content alone will be sufficient.
The first episodes are currently in production and will release this fall.
The third book in Wil’s new ‘Twisted’ series, ‘The Time Trap’, is available today!
‘The Time Trap’ tells the story of a young girl who’s life has taken a turn for the worse following the decline of her parents’ marriage and secretly longs to return to those days when everything was perfect. Then, following a seemingly innocent suggestion on an obscure web site, she discovers an incredible way to travel back to those idealized times. What happens next is far from what she’d hoped, however, particularly when she encounters the last person in the world she expected to see…. ‘The Time Trap’ is the coming-of-age story about a young person’s education on the true value of our experiences, the importance of living in the moment, and the sweet promise of all that lies ahead.
To read the first chapter—
The first two titles in the ‘Twisted’ series—‘The Videomaniac’ and ‘House of a Million Rooms’ have already enjoyed tremendous success with children of roughly middle-grade age (grades 4 to 8), including and most notably reluctant readers, and are available to educators through normal channels such as Follett and Baker & Taylor. To order ‘The Time Trap’ from Amazon, please go here—
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—
“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.