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Hi Peter Lerangis!

We are your “LIBRARIAN” fans at Freeport Memorial Library! Next April, for National Library Week, we are having meet the authors….We want to focus our attention on the local authors of Freeport, and our neighboring communities. We would like to invite you to be our “STAR” author!

You are quite a busy guy, but if you would want to stop by, send a note, or donate a book ..’autographed’ of course, your thoughts and best wishes would be greatly appreciated! Keep up the good work, keep smiling, and always remember, “US LIBRARIANS ARE HERE FOR YOU!”

Monday, December 14, 2015 at 07:29:41 PM

Peter replied on Monday, December 14, 2015:

Well, hi, Maryellen! What a nice note. I will send you an email, and we’ll work something out!

Hey Peter! Time for Christmas! “The Curse of the King” is going to release in less than two months in Greece and I am looking forward to read it (so close to the conclusion of the series)! As for my book, Easterland, I find the end. I am excited to finish the writing! Happy Holidays – oh, question: after Seven Wonders series, what else are you planning to do? Are you going to write any new series?

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 12:32:03 PM

Peter replied on Saturday, December 12, 2015:

Congratulations, Panoss!  Finished with EASTERLAND in time for Christmas!  This will be an especially festive season for you.  Yes, I am starting work on not one, but two new series.  Each will be a trilogy.  More news about those later.  Everything is in the beginning stages right now.  Happy holidays to you too!

William

December 4, 2015
Dear Mr. Lerangis,
My name is William and I’m in 4th grade at Warsaw Elementary School. I love your book the 39 Clue`s Book 3: The Sword Thief. I love playing the game too!

1) Do you have children? (if so what are their names?)
2) Do you have pets? (if so what are their names and breed?)
3) Are you married? (If so what is your wife’s name?)
4) What is your next book going to be called?
5) How did you come up with the idea for Book 3: The Sword Thief?

When you have a chance please answer the questions. Thank you.
Your #1 fan,
William

Friday, December 04, 2015 at 03:28:53 PM

Peter replied on Friday, December 04, 2015:

Hello, William!  Glad you liked the SWORD THIEF.  As to your questions:

  1.  Yes, I do — two wonderful sons named Nick and Joe.  They are 28 and 25.
  2.  No pets now.  Our last pet was a guinea pig named Julia Caesar.
  3.  My wife’s name is Tina deVaron.
  4.  My next book will be the fifth and last book of the SEVEN WONDERS series.  It’s called THE LEGEND OF THE RIFT.
  5.  As you know, the 39 CLUES is a multi-author series.  We all needed to start working together, so the grand idea for the whole series had to be planned out in advance.  Rick Riordan and his Scholastic editor provided the rest of us with a rough idea for each of our books.  So even before I started writing, I knew my book would take place in Japan and involve Hideyoshi and the search for the swords.  Once I had that information, I did lots of research into Japanese history.  I became fascinated by the mysteries I was discovering — like the underground tunnels in Tokyo, Hideyoshi’s hiding of the swords that were never found, his travels to Korea — which got my own imagination going.  That was how I came up with the plot. 
Ellen jones

Peter, I just read your series The Lost Girls and I just cried my eyes out at the ending. I wanted to throw the book across the room. Haha but I wanted to really really really urge you to make these into some movies. The books were so good and gripping I read them all in 6 days. I could only imagine them made into movies. The world would go crazy over it! I don’t want to sound too deprate but I am frankly, pleaseeeeeeeeee make some movies from The Lost Girls. If I can cry and imagine Scott’s last breathe from the book I would cry so much more from seeing it in person!

Monday, November 16, 2015 at 09:08:27 PM

Peter replied on Monday, November 16, 2015:

Ah, thanks, Ellen!  I would love to see a movie made of LOST GIRLS also.  So hey, if you know anyone in Hollywood (or if anyone is reading this), it’s available!

Dipin

Hello Mr.Peter I am Dipin Kapila from Nevada Mendive Middle School and I wanted to share how much I loved The Colossus rises. I loved it so much that I am going to make my novel project after it. So I loved the conflict it was unique and very inventive but also keeping in the laws of physics it was integrating all book there was not one part in which I wanted to put the book down. The characters of the book were The character that is most important in this book is Jack because we get a first person perspective from him and also he is the “courage” and the leader of the group.Next we have Aly, Marco, and Cass. Cass is the human GPS he retraces path like a actual map so when this squad has to go somewhere he is the first on everybody listens to. Then is Aly, Aly Is a computer wiz she can hack any sort of technology in a very short period of time, so when the kids were trying to get out of the Karari Institute she hacked the security cameras as well as the force fields. Next we have Marco, Marco is the brawn over brain of the group he keeps everybody laughing with his stupidity and whenever in a fight he sacrifices himself first. So know the people know about the character so I want to give a brief summary to them as well without the conflict. Jack was a normal child in the beginning of the book. He had a dad and his mom sadly passed away. But one day Jack fell down and almost got in a coma. When he fortunately woke up he found himself in the Karari Institute. He first thought it was a hospital for people who were surely to die but it turned out to be a lab for people who have G7W (You four posses what we call G7W) pg 53 said Beghad. G7W was a kind of disses that is known to kill you in age 14 but it also open supernatural powers in your brain. The people who have this are also called the “Select”. There are 3 more kids that have this and survived this,Marco,Aly,and Cass also Jack. Beghad which is the owner of this institute “tells” the Select to find the Loculus later on. To discover what the Loculus is they had to go on a quest.Suddenly when they come back a Griffin which is supposed to protect the loculus and is very dangerous takes away Cass which then leads the select to a monastery where the loculus is hidden “ His fingers just grazed the bottom of Casse’s Shoe) pg 259 this means that she was taken away. On the contrary it makes a giant colossus because that where the Loculus is supposed to be hidden. Then they had to battle of two gigantic creatures the Griffin and the colossus. They did it very dramatically because Jack was almost going to die but then found out that the loculus makes them fly this shows when Jack had no option left but to die “It knew it finally had me.” which was the Griffin.. They found Cass and then stayed in a hotel . When they came back the Loculus was gone and so was Marco. The others went in an airplane and 1 part was with the book saying “you two come with me” showing another mission After Beghad asked for Aly and Jack to retrieve Marco”Bring him back before he has done any damage” pg 348. The most important thing that made me wonder was the “Soldier,Sailor,Tinker,Tailor” pg 348 . The theme was so inspirational it showed what true friendship meant and it is OK to make sacrifices for other people and not to be selfish. The setting totally fitted the book it showed Greece(The Rhodes) which personally I am a fan of I really like the Monk and temple society feel overall but especially in a book which focuses on historical facts as well as sci-fi elements. The perspective was kind of first person and third person because I loved the way of how you showed the contrast between the two and took it above the norm and tried to make the book unique. If you guys did not know the plot conflict from the summary here it is.There are these 4 kids that have a disease that makes them supernatural in a way but also it makes them more susceptible to death it is called G7W. The kids that have it are Jack,Cass,Aly, and Marco. Aly is a computer wiz and can hack just about anything. Next is Cass he is a human map and his memory is through the roof, Marco is really strong and is funny he is the physical one in the group. Jack is a really good leader he always thinks up solutions to problems really quick. So what these kids have to do is to get the loculus from a place where the “ Colossus to be” the only problem is that there is a bad group of “enemies” who is also trying to get it so they have to see if they survive or not. I absolutely loved this book it is definitely one of the best books I have ever read. It has a good suspense a great amount of detail. I recommend this book to anybody that likes history or anything related to it. This is the first book I can not wait to get the second one as soon as possible. Keep making the good books Mr.Peter thank you for your time.

Friday, November 06, 2015 at 10:47:23 PM

Peter replied on Friday, November 06, 2015:

Wow, Dipin, just wow.  Thank YOU for your time, and for that very impressive, detailed summary.  I am so happy you enjoyed the book.  You can bet I will indeed keep writing as long as I have great readers like you.

Logan

Wednesday, October 28 , 2015

Dear Mr. Peter.,

I know you made a lot of books. If you don’t know who I am I am a Gr 4 student from Janet Johnstone school. I love your books so much. It reminds me of those other books where you solve mysteries. So I guess you made 9 books. How old are your books?. How old are you?

From Logan.

Thursday, November 05, 2015 at 09:25:38 PM

Peter replied on Thursday, November 05, 2015:

Hello, Logan! So sorry it took this long to get back to you.  Some of my books are new.  The SEVEN WONDERS series began in 2013 and will end in 2016.  My books in the 39 CLUES series were published from 2009 to 2012.  But my very first book was published, I believe, in 1983!  So I’ve been doing this a long time. 

Joshua

Hello Mr. Lerangis

Recently in my school, we had an assignment in Language Arts to write our own Science Fiction story. I LOVE writing and consider it as one of my favorite hobbies. But the problem is, is that my teacher put a limit saying that it can only be up to 5 pages long MAX. Despite this, I wrote my story, (which in my opinion seems really good). However I went beyond the page limit of 5 pages. Waaaaaayyyy Beyond. I wrote a whopping 25 pages for my story, and I’m a bit nervous whether I’ll get points off because of it’s length. Just yesterday, I did ask my teacher if going over 5 pages was ok, but she simply replied with “All i care about is quality,not quantitiy”. So I’m asking you Mr. Lerangis, do you think that I should try to cut down my story? And also what are your thoughts on writing A LOT (in terms of pages) and over certain limits? Is writing A LOT a problem that I should fix when writing?

Wednesday, November 04, 2015 at 12:04:20 AM

Peter replied on Wednesday, November 04, 2015:

Wow, first let me applaud you for your fertile imagination and your dedication!  If I were your teacher, I would be very impressed that you cared enough about your story to stick with it as long as it took to write it.  That said, without seeing your work, I can’t possibly evaluate its quality.  Some 25-page stories can be better told in far fewer pages (if the language is bloated with too many adverbs, for example, or with unnecessary detail), and others beg to be longer (if plot points are missing or glossed over, or if character development is incomplete, or if there is not enough detail).  I think I would take your teacher at her word.  If she truly only cares about quality, she will be fair.  And if she takes points off, you need to decide if those points were more important than your development as a storyteller.  People who are successful are almost always the ones who stick to their visions and work the hardest, not necessarily the ones who get the most points and heed all the rules.

Again, congrats to you for all that great work.  No matter what happens, never lose that passion to tell a good story.

Hey Peter! I am writting the eight chapter of my book “Easterland” and I think it’s quite interesting as a book, with a lot of mystery in it. It’s a fantasy fairy-tale thriller (yes, there is a dark beast called Easter Bunny that wants to take revenge from queen Spring, cause she closed him in the Dark Castle) and I would really like to send it to you (I need your email adress first) but it’s all written on Greek, so… I don’t know if you can read it.
I want to ask you: what is your favourite book?

Monday, November 02, 2015 at 10:46:56 AM

Peter replied on Monday, November 02, 2015:

Hello again, Panoss!  Sorry, but I am far from fluent in Greek.  But alas, even if it were in English I would regretfully have to decline.  With various publishing projects, travel for school and bookstore visits, and family time, I barely have time to sleep!  As for a favorite book, that may well be the picture book FERDINAND THE BULL by Munro Leaf.  Brilliant.  (But I don’t know, ask me again in an hour and I might have a different favorite!)

I do like the title EASTERLAND and the concept of a dark beast called the Easter Bunny.  You must be super-excited to be racing toward the finish.  All my warmest wishes!

Hi Peter! Have a nice month! While I’m waiting for some books to release in Greece, I saw the cover of “The Promise” journal, and it seems to be around the fifth book. So, there is not a journal around “The Course of the King”?

Also, here is my Top 3 fantasy-book series:

1. Seven Wonders (my favourite)

2. The Legend trilogy (by Marie Lu)

3. House of Secrets (by Chris Columbus + Ned Vizini)

Who are your favourite fantasy book series and your favourite book?

Sunday, November 01, 2015 at 03:08:44 PM

Peter replied on Sunday, November 01, 2015:

Hello, Panoss!  Thanks so much.  I’m honored to be at the top of your list.  Yes, you’re right, there will be four SEVEN WONDERS JOURNALS.  THE PROMISE will be the final book.  I can’t wait for you to read it.  February and March are going to be exciting months!

Tabitha

Hi Peter! I love your seven wonders books a lot. What countries are you going to for your tour when the next book comes out?

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 12:46:31 PM

Peter replied on Thursday, October 15, 2015:

Hi, Tabitha!  Thank you very much.  Working on tour plans now, but nothing is 100% definite yet. The tour won’t be starting until March, but I will post to my home page as soon as I know.

nina

Hello Mr Lerangis,
I am a greek teenager. I have read the first two books from your collection ” The seven Wonders” and i think they are really great!!!! I was really excited to learn that you are greek. I think you have such a great talent. I loved your books and i am looking forward to read the whole other books!
I hope that you will read this text1

Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 01:55:54 PM

Peter replied on Saturday, September 26, 2015:

Hello, Nina.  Yes, I am Greek!  All four of my grandparents emigrated to the U.S.  On my father’s side, they were from the villages around Sparta, and on my mother’s side, they were from the island of Nysiros.  I’m delighted you’re enjoying the books!  Thanks for writing.

Julie Kelley

Hi Peter,

No questions, just excitement over the 5th book of the series. Book Four was such a cliffhanger that I can’t wait to see how you excel in writing the last story.

I wanted you to know that I am a 60 year old grandmother who can’t put your books down. They take me back to the days when I first started learning to read. So enjoyable and educational.

Julie Kelley
Keep up the excellent work!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 04:50:28 AM

Peter replied on Wednesday, September 23, 2015:

Julie, thank you so much for writing this.  You have no idea how wonderful this makes me feel. And I can’t wait for you to read Book 5.  (It’s being copyedited right now … !)

Marc

Hi Peter,

I have never been a fan of first point-of-view novels; however, your series is an exemption. I’ve really enjoyed the story line and the humor too! I am just a bit disappointed that it will end with book 5. :( Is there a chance that it will reach up to 7 books so that it will live up to its “name”? They say 7 is a magic number. I guess I just really want to read more books from this series. I hope you will consider it (I believe a lot of your fans want this as well) :) Thank you again for the wonderful series!

Monday, September 21, 2015 at 11:08:03 AM

Peter replied on Monday, September 21, 2015:

Thanks, Marc!  Ha!  Peter would like to thank you for your kind words.  No, wait, sorry, I should go back to first person …   8-)  Yes, seven is a magic number, but the story really wants to be told in five books.  Funny how stories make their unreasonable demands on an author!  I think you will really enjoy Book 5 but I am flattered to know that readers would like more than five.  (Although with the Journals, there really will be nine!)

ANNA MARIA STORNIOLO

Hi Peter!! I’ve really enjoyed catching up on your life just now. Wishing you continued good fortune and a successful launch of the new book. Anna

Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 11:15:46 PM

Peter replied on Sunday, September 20, 2015:

Thank you, Anna!  What a nice surprise to hear from a college classmate.  Hope all is well with you and yours!

Tabitha

Hi Peter! I live in Singapore and it is hard to find your seven wonders books herebecause they are not in most book shops. I have to find them in library instead. Do you know which book shop sells them?

Friday, September 18, 2015 at 11:40:10 PM

Peter replied on Friday, September 18, 2015:

Hi, Tabitha!  Singapore!  I had such a great time visiting in 2013.  I remember doing a presentation at Kinokuniya at the Ngee Ann City complex.  You should be able to get the books at any of the Kinokuniya stores.  If the books are sold out, you may ask the clerk to order them for you (they should have all the books in stock in their fulfillment center).

Hey Peter! Summer is over :( and it’s time for school…
But I don’t care cause I know that in early spring 2016 the fourth book in “Seven Wonders” series will release in Greece. Until then, I have a lot of books to read. I just saw a cover for your fifth book (I think it’s the official cover, it’s purple and there is something like a monster) and I read that it will be around the Temple of Artemis and the Lighthouse of Alexandria and omg, TWO WONDERS IN ONE BOOK? Yeah!!!

Thursday, September 03, 2015 at 02:31:21 PM

Peter replied on Thursday, September 03, 2015:

Thanks, Panoss!  I am relieved to be helping you ease into the school year.  I remember what that feels like!  Yes, that is the awesome cover and you are right about the Wonders.  Can’t wait for you to read the book!

Snigdha

Will Jack and Aly end up together?

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 at 07:04:36 AM

Peter replied on Tuesday, September 01, 2015:

Hi, Snigdha!  I am dying to reveal the future, but if I did I’d be breaking the No-Spoiler Pledge that we authors take in a dangerous ceremony at the beginnings of our careers, and the wrath of the Writing Universe would descend upon me.  So … we’ll see?

Sushan Liao

Hi, Peter

I love your Seven Wonders series. I have a question. Why is the hell called Bo’gloo in Book Three? Thank you very much!

Best regards,
Sushan

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 12:57:58 PM

Peter replied on Friday, August 14, 2015:

Hello, Sushan!  That name just popped into my head.  It sounded appropriately dark and claustrophobic.  It’s not related to anything linguistic (at least nothing that I know of!).

Talia

Hi, Peter! I wanted to talk to you about my new book that I’m making.. Like if you have any tips or advice or publishers that i could use. Please email me. Thanks!

Sunday, August 02, 2015 at 02:06:40 PM

Peter replied on Sunday, August 02, 2015:

Hi, Talia!  Here’s some advice I usually give people who are serious about writing books:

1. You have to want it more than anything else in the world. You have to be the kind of person who doesn’t settle for no.

2. Reading voraciously — all the time — is the single best training to become a writer.

3. It helps to be intensely curious about how your favorite authors make their work so good. What kind of words do they use? What kind of words do they leave out?

4. You need to practice. Like a musical instrument or a sport, writing gets better with constant work. Write some things for yourself, pieces that no one else sees. Also write stories that you show to people you respect — teachers, librarians, parents, siblings, other authors, etc. Listen to their feedback. Learn to recognize useful and useless feedback. Useful feedback is your best friend, even though it may feel painful.

5. You must collect ideas. Write them down. A pad or a writer’s notebook is great, but anything will do, even a receipt or a scrap of paper. Collect your ideas from conversations, things you observe in everyday life, dreams, other books and movies, etc. When you have a bunch of them, read them over and decide which is the best. Which one makes you the most excited? Start working on that one. If you like it, chances are your readers will too.

6. You need to recognize that the stakes in your story must be super-high. Even in stories about everyday life, there must be some dilemma that seems impossible to solve, something the readers will hang on to until the very end.

7. Regarding step 6, think hard about what you want to leave out of your story. That’s the thing that will pull your readers in.

8. Live life to the fullest. It’s easier to write compelling stories if you’ve experienced compelling events in your life.

9. Don’t worry about getting published right away. Almost no one is published at a super-young age, and that’s OK.

10. Did I say practice?

11. Practice.

As far as publication:  I don’t know about your level of experience, but if you are a young (teen or tween) writer who is just starting, I suggest entering the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. That’s certainly one way to have your work seen and evaluated by professionals. Other than that, you would need to contact a literary agent in your area. Best of luck to you in your writing career!

Rachael

Hi!

I have literally this second finished reading your book “The yearbook” and couldn’t stop myself from messaging you to tell you that it was a work of genius and has made its way up to my number one book spot. The way that it kept me guessing twist after turn and had me in tears at the heartwarming tragedy.

Anyways to keep things short (because I could go on about the books brilliance forever) you have yourself a new fan and am going to investigate the rest of your works (including the new series that I have just found out about! Oh and a quick question, will these new books be available in the UK immediatly?)

Thank you so much for your work.
Rachael

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 05:34:39 PM

Peter replied on Tuesday, July 14, 2015:

Thank you, Rachael.  Oh, how great to know that THE YEARBOOK is still being read after all these years, and I’m delighted it affected you so deeply.  Yes, as far as I know, the SEVEN WONDERS books are released simultaneously in the U.K.   I hope you enjoy them!