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I read Spy X: The code around 10 years ago and absolutely loved it. However, neither my school's library nor the public library carried the sequels. I recently came across one of your books at a store, which reminded me of the series and I have been looking for them ever since. I haven't been able to locate a second hand dealer for them(I live in India) and was wondering if there was ebook version that I could read? I really want to know how the story continued.


Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 06:31:07 PM
Peter replied

Hello, Malvika! The Spy X series has four books in total, but they have been out of print for a number of years. I’m afraid the only way to get copies of them would be through a used-book seller. So sorry not to have better news. Thank you for the kind words and I do hope you find them!



Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 10:25:20 AM
Peter replied
Hi back!

Hi Peter,

You were at my school today and you said you will be in glorietta but I forgot which day


Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 12:28:06 PM
Peter replied
Hi, Michael! This Saturday, November 19, at 2:00 PM!

Hi there! My name is Erin, and I was one of the people at ICA. I loved your performance - you were so funny! I plant be an author when I grow up, so I'm just asking: what do you think is the best genre for a beginner?

My friend also wanted to ask you a question, but she was too shy. So, I'm here to ask it for her.

She was saying how the beginning and the end seem to be easiest for her, and she's asking how you can continue the 'middle' part of the story, since she can't really think of what the characters should do. (We writ some stories in our freetime)

I don't know how you can answer that, but I hope you can give her an idea!

Thank you so much!

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 12:02:11 PM
Peter replied
Hi, Erin! The best genre is one that makes you feel excited about writing. For me when I was young, it was science fiction. But everyone's different, so pick the genre you like to read. As for middles of a book, I think it’s amazing that your friend is good at beginning and endings. Those are the hard parts for me. Your main character has to grow in your story. Give her (or him) something to want more than anything else. And give your other characters something to want, too. Someone is going to want something the other character won’t give (or can’t give). All stories come alive when you know what your characters want, and when they go about trying to get those things. Try to make the stakes very high, so that failure has high consequences. If you do this for all your characters and try to see the world through their eyes, you should come up with ideas for the middle of your story.

Peter it's me the guy at the back of the line in Xavier school and I really wanted to ask you a question but my question was supposed to be can you add my name in one of your books that would be really cool if you would and also I love your 39 clues books

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 11:58:34 AM
Peter replied
Hi, Brent! Well, hmmmm, I will have to consider that! Thanks for your kind words. I had a great time at Xavier!
Juliana Gono

Hi Peter!!!!

I'm that girl from ICA, the school you visited in the Philippines, who hugged you for a picture! Hahahaahaha! I can totally say that moment is the highlight of my life. I just want to thank you for giving that amazing and interesting talk! I've never had a happier birthday than this one! Thank you so much!

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 10:38:16 AM
Peter replied

Hi, Juliana! I’m so happy to read this. I had a wonderful time visiting ICA and am very glad to have contributed something positive to your birthday! May you have many, many many more!


Are you gonna have a Seven Wonders movie series ?

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 07:38:47 AM
Peter replied
I hope so, but we have to see if any Hollywood movie company is interested. So far no concrete plans, but who knows?

<p>Did ben remember ariela in the end of the book "Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am" i just finished the book and am still confused</p>

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 12:57:43 AM
Peter replied

Hi, Billy.  Sorry you were confused.  Yes, he did recognize her.

Ilina Sen

Hi Peter,

You came to my school and after hearing you talk I had a question: What happened to the other six wonders of the world? You mentioned that only one survived.

Ilina Sen

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 08:21:17 AM
Peter replied

Hi, Ilina!  The other six Wonders were destroyed mostly because of age, attacks, and earthquakes (some with combinations of all three).  I really enjoyed visiting UWCSEA!  My best to all my new friends there.


1. What is your favorite color

2. Since when did you become and athor ,,,,/.... spelling mistake sorry

3. Can you visit our school again Frank.j dugan elementary shool thank you 🙂

4. um write me?

Tuesday, November 08, 2016 at 12:37:44 AM
Peter replied

Hi, Sophia! I loved visiting your school, and I hope to be invited back someday. OK, to your questions: my favorite color is blue, and I became a writer thirty years ago.  Not when dinosaurs roamed the earth, but it sure feels like that long ago!

Courtney Bolter

<p>Hello peter,<br /> You came to our school and after hearing you I had a question. Are u planning on makeing another book series in the near future? Are you going to go on a book tour for the seven wonders series?</p>

Saturday, November 05, 2016 at 12:07:11 PM
Peter replied

Hi, Courtney!  Let me answer your questions in reverse order:

I have already actually done six tours for the Seven Wonders series, two tours for the first book and one each for the other four books.  So unfortunately, that’s it for me.  But that leads to answer to the next question, which is ...

Yes, I am working on another series, and I’ll be going on tour for that one in 2017!

Zachary R

Peter Lerangis, how did you decide you wanted to become an author? How old were you when you decided this?
Thank you for visiting Frank J. Dugan Elementary School!!!

Thursday, November 03, 2016 at 10:36:32 PM
Peter replied

Hi, Zachary!  I think I first decided to be an author when I was maybe 12 or so.  On one hot summer night I was reading a story called “To Build a Fire,” by Jack London — a survival tale set in the Arctic — and it was so vivid that I started shivering with cold in 90 degree heat!  I was amazed that this author could practically change my body chemistry, just with words!  I began thinking I wanted to do THAT to other people someday — make them feel things deeply with the power of writing.


sorry I for got to ask you your parents name ,i know it is personal but I need it for this go with all the other info for this class work, thank you

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 at 10:01:04 PM
Peter replied

Nicholas and Mary.


<p>my child is doing a biography in her 5 grade class on you. we need to know what elementary school and high school you went to. what hardships did you suffer to be come a powerful writer. please soon need for school, thank you so much she really likes your work</p>

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 at 09:45:02 PM
Peter replied

Hello, and thanks for the kind words!  I’m honored to be the subject of your daughter’s report.  I went to Bayview Avenue Elementary School and Freeport High School.  Your daughter is in luck, because I’ve written about my writing life and given quite a few video interviews, all of which are public and searchable.  Finding these would be a perfect teaching/learning exercise for a school report.  Best of luck!


<p>Hello!<br />
A friend of mine and I are currently writing a book together and were wondering how the process of publication works. The two of us are 13 years old, and are creating a science fiction series (estimated to be around 300 pages each, probably 3 books, but you never know when the writing bug will strike!) Our other option was to enter a literary contest. Any info you can provide would be greatly appreciated.<br />
Happy writing!<br />
Katie and Brandy</p>

Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 04:00:28 AM
Peter replied

Hello Katie! I think entering a contest is a great idea. Have you thought about the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards? Best of luck with your series.

mau sanchez


i was here toay when you gave a talk with my generation here in mexico, i want to thank you for inspireing me to write a book that hopefully i will one day publish called "The Forgoten" its about a french soldier lost in ww1 it has some horror and mistery to it, can you give me your oppinion on it?

ps. im 14


Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 03:13:55 AM
Peter replied
Hello, Mau! Visiting your school was a great honor and pleasure for me. Thanks for the warm welcome. I think your title and concept sound amazing and I think you are on to something that could be a unique story. Good luck to you!

I know that you haven't written for The 39 Clues in a while (your books were some of the best in that series, by the way.) But since the last book just came out I was wondering if you could tell us some of the character's birthdays (Amy, Dan, Nellie, Saladin, Evan, Jake, Atticus, Ian, Natalie, Alistair, Hamilton, Reagan, Madison, Jonah, Phoenix, etc.) Thanks for taking the time to read this - I really appreciate it.

Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 12:48:44 AM
Peter replied

Hi, Shawna! Yeeps, I don’t know, but I have a query in to Cahill HQ, and I will see what they say.  Stayed tuned to this response, which I’ll edit if I find any answers.



I sent you a message more than a month ago and havn't got a message back. It's only because I have seen every one else's messages and you replied to them on that day. You may be on tour, in that case, sorry for bothering you 🙂

Have a good life!

From Maryam

Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 05:55:33 PM
Peter replied

Hi, Maryam.  I just responded to your earlier message.  You’ll notice the so-called response date matches the day you wrote, which is of course incorrect.  That’s because this guestbook module automatically returns the identical date on all replies, which is very frustrating.  I don’t know how to fix that, alas....


Hiya Peter!

So, I have just finished reading The Curse of the King and am now -barely- patiently waiting for The Legend of the Rift to arrive. In the mean time I thought I would come by and ask a few questions I've been pondering over for a while. It's been so long since I've check in on your Guestbook, so I wouldn't be surprised if you've answered them already.

First off, I absolutely adore Torquin. He's my second favourite character, Cass being my first. My question about Torq is, well, what's his deal? He is notorious for being quite large in size large with big, shoe-less feet and under-developed speech of sorts. The speech suggests, to me at least, that he's actually quite young. Maybe not as young as the Select, but not as old as most of the KI staff. Is it possible that he has Giantism Syndrome..?

Random scenario: Jack and his friends are able to contact you through your Guestbook. What do you think each Select would want to say to you?

Lastly, if your thirteen-year-old self was a Select, what would your "superpower" be?

Thank you, hope your happy and well 🙂

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 10:02:46 AM
Peter replied

Hi, Lithia!  I LOVE these questions!  Thanks.

  • Yes, it’s possible he has that syndrome. It’s also possible he was raised in a different country, or was locked up in a dark room by very creepy people as he was growing up.  He is just so strange.  But lovable in his extreme way.
  • “It’s over already?  Where’s my check?”
  • The ability to survive on nothing but chocolate.


Ellie Emmelhainz

Mr. Lerangis,
You and Rick Riordan should get together and make a series of books! That would be super cool. Since you are my two favorite authors, and you write books kind of similar, it would probably be a huge hit!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 10:04:14 PM
Peter replied

Thank you, Ellie!  Wouldn’t that be fun?  Hmmmm, making a note to track that guy down …