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Welcome!  OK, first some friendly, authorish rules:  ♦♦ I cannot reveal 39 Clues or Seven Wonders spoilers, no matter how beautifully you ask.  Also, I’m not able to read/evaluate stories or excerpts from novels, as I am maxed out from tour and new writing projects. ♦♦ All answers given below.  Oh, and if you do NOT want your message recorded here, just let me know.  OK, now that that’s out of the way, please click the “Add Guestbook Entry” link, just below

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Eileen Parker

I love the Seven Wonders series as well as your 39 clues books. I have only read one of the Seven wonders and am on the second one. I have already found some flaws. In the first book, Jack does CPR many times and tells the reader that he has taken a course in CPR as well. In the second book when they find Marco, and he believes he needs to do CPR on him, Jack says he has no clue how to do CPR. He also wished he had taken a class, when in the first book he has already taken said class. There are some other flaws, but I fear of making you depressed. I love your books and your style of writing. I find them hilarious and would recommend them to a friend. I'm sure in the future you might hear more from me as I continue to read your works.

Sunday, March 06, 2016 at 01:56:57 AM
Peter replied

Hello, Eileen.  On the contrary, I am not DEpressed, I am IMpressed!  Yes, that would be a mistake, and what an eagle-eye you must possess to find it.  Have you thought of a job in publishing?  You would make a great editor.  With so many people reading my manuscripts (as well as me!), I wish one of us would have caught that.  I will see if we can make corrections in a subsequent printing.  Thank you.

Johnathan McClain

Hi Peter,


It's Johnathan McClain, aka the voice of Jack McKinley, et. al. Having narrated the Seven Wonders series, I'm actually a little embarrassed that it's taken me three years and five books to reach out and say hello. (But y'know, I'm very busy and extraordinarily popular.) But now that the ride is over I wanted to just take a moment to say:


It's been a privilege and and a joy.


Numerous times over the course of the series I found myself emotional and moved to tears (which you can hear occasionally if you know to listen), but never more so than upon reaching the conclusion of book 5. I was drained. I wandered around for the entire rest of that day in kind of a dull catatonia with a curious little smile on my face.


In addition to making me the coolest guy in my best friend's 14 year old son's world, you also gave me the chance to do my favorite thing - and what I'm here on this planet to do - take an audience on a journey. And in this case, a journey that I got to revisit over and over again. And ... well ... that's just baller.


So if a book tour or vacation or some such brings you to the LA area, please let me know so that I can say hello. Alternatively, I'm in NYC all the time and would love to buy you a coffee and/or tea. (I'm flexible.)


So... In summary... Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this lovely and special journey. The honor has been mine.


Best wishes and all good things...


-J

Friday, March 04, 2016 at 11:47:13 PM
Peter replied

Wow, Johnathan, I hope you don't consider my month-long silence as an indication of anything other than my own stupidity in shutting down guestbook replies while on book tour — because this one rocks my world. YOU are the one to be thanked for putting your heart and soul into truly magnificent readings. I feel honored to have had my books placed in your capable uvula, and I'm really glad your catatonia did not lead to any freeway accidents or jaywalking tickets. Or maybe they did. And for that, I'm truly sorry. You captured the spirit of all those characters, and when we finally do meet, which will be soon, our table will contain multitudes. And we'll be the only ones who know that. Thank you so much for this note. Needless to say, it is even more moving to me for the fact that voice actors rarely do such a thing. The privilege is mine, and please do contact me when you're in NYC (which will most likely happen before I'm in L.A.) I will send contact info under separate cover.

Sean Holland

Hi I'm Sean, I'm doing an ESB project for English about authors. So I've chosen to do you because 7 Wonders is my favourite book series and I have 1 question about you before my ESB which is on the 16th of March. Why do you write? Or what made you want to write? Thank You.


Sincerely Sean

Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 04:06:49 PM
Peter replied

Hello, Sean! I always wanted to be a writer. Honestly, I don’t even remember not wanting to write.  I think part of the reason had to do with birth order (but only part of it!).  As the oldest kid in my family, I liked to entertain my younger siblings and cousins with stories, imitations, etc., so I was always a storyteller. But I began thinking more seriously about being a professional writer when I was a bit older, 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 despite the sweltering heat. I found that experience so powerful. I began thinking I wanted to do THAT to other people someday — make them feel things with the power of words.

Annabeth

Hi Mr.Lerangis! I am working on a project in ELA about bullying, and I am asking multiple authors about their opinions on it. Can you give me your opinion please?

Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 12:03:34 AM
Peter replied
Hello, Annabeth! I HATE bullying. Well, I guess you’ll never find people who say they like bullying, so that’s too easy. I can say that as a kid I was bullied, mainly because I was unathletic, overweight, very family-oriented, and a voracious reader. I was called all sorts of names and even beat up, for no particular reason. I remember crying myself to sleep over this. It was terrible. But here’s the worse thing: When I got older and a bit less geeky, I went through a period when I teased another kid myself. And even my siblings. I was probably very frustrated at all those years of being bullied, and I was not mature enough to put myself in their shoes. That period didn’t last long, thankfully, and I became friends with that other student, and my siblings and I get along well as adults. But I always regret being mean to them, even to this day. Bullying is destructive and harmful to the victims, but it can also eat at the soul of the bully. So I’m glad there is so much awareness on this issue these days. Maybe your generation will really make a positive change! Keep up the good work.
Dichhya Shrestha

Hello my name is Dichhya and am from Rato Bangala I want to ask you that are your favourite books the seven wonders or the 39 clues

Friday, February 19, 2016 at 06:51:35 AM
Peter replied

Hello, Dichhya!  I would definitely say the Seven Wonders.  Mainly because it’s been the focus of my life for the past few years.  (The 39 Clues was the focus also, before that!)  But most of all, I must say I’m a big fan of the Rato Bangala School.  What a wonderful reception you all gave me!

Jacob S

My name is Jacob and I am 8 years old. I just finished reading Spy X Tunnel Vision, and I really liked the series. I was hoping if you would write another book. After I finished the 4th book, I was asking my mom if there was a 5th book. When she looked and there wasn't a 5th, I got very surprised because it felt like it didn't end.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016 at 09:09:54 PM
Peter replied

Hi, Jacob!  Yes, you’re right on two counts: there is no Book 5, and it didn’t feel like it ended.  That’s because I had planned to write a book 5 and 6 but the publisher decided to cancel those books.  I still don’t quite understand why, but there you have it!

Aaryan

dear peter lerangis,
i am from nepal. i know you have come to nepal and i need to ask you a very simple question, will you be writing stories about nepal?

Monday, February 08, 2016 at 05:18:09 PM
Peter replied

Hello, Aaryan!  I am back home, still overwhelmed at the amazing experience I had in Nepal.  I have a few new books that I’m obligated to write, and I planned them all before my trip, before I knew anything about Nepal.  But now I am indeed thinking about it!

Shaswat

Hi Peter, i would like to ask you a question,who motivated/inspired you to be an author ?. I would be grateful if you answer this question.

Friday, February 05, 2016 at 08:43:37 AM
Peter replied

Hello, Shaswat!  I think I wanted to be an author when I read stories by people like Edgar Allen Poe, Jack London, and Ray Bradbury.  They had such wild imaginations and they made me feel things so deeply.  I thought if I could do that for other people, it would be a cool way to make a living.

Luv Kumar Lohano

Hi Peter.
I try to write some stories. I make so horrible stories even though i think a lot. can you tell me how do you make so good stories so even i can make also.

Thursday, February 04, 2016 at 10:51:55 AM
Peter replied

Hello, Luv Kumar!  Maybe your stories aren’t as horrible as you think.  You may want to talk about your story idea to a teacher and get some help.  They can ask you questions that may make your story come to life.  Start simple.  Figure out where the story takes place.  Invent a character or two,  and give one of the characters a big conflict that seems impossible to solve.  You need to figure out how to solve the problem, but don’t let the reader know until the end.  Sorry I can’t give you more advice.  That would take a workshop.  But I hope this gets you started.

Anmol

Hey Peter I am from the Rato Bangala school of Nepal remember telling us about your life . Now I will come to the real point so here is my question "Do you think that your seven wonder series were better or the 39 clues were better ? No offence and another question who do you think is better at writing between your two friends Rick Riordan and R.L. Stine .

Wednesday, February 03, 2016 at 01:59:29 PM
Peter replied

Hello, Anmol!  I am back in the States, with warm memories of my visit to Nepal.  As for favorites, well … I think I’d go with the Seven Wonders series, mainly because it’s all mine and I don’t have to share it with other authors!  And I can’t possibly pick a favorite from my two friends, because then I would end up with only one friend!

Grayden

Hi,
My name is Grayden and I am in the 3rd grade. I have just finished reading the Seven Wonders series. I really fell in love with the books! I really wanted to know if you are going to make these into a movie because they would be so cool to see come to life on the big screen? Also I would like for you to come to my school and talk about your books. I have told all my friends about your books and even gave my teacher a set of the seven wonders books for Christmas. Please come to my school it is Phoenix Academy in High Point, NC. Thanks for writing these books I can't wait to read more of your work.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016 at 02:31:54 PM
Peter replied

Hi, Grayden!  I really do hope that the Seven Wonders series is made into a movie.  We’re trying to get a movie company interested but nothing solid so far, so let’s cross our fingers.  I’m really touched and impressed that you gave your teacher a set of Seven Wonders books.  I’d be happy to visit your school, but I need to be invited by a teacher or librarian.  They can do that through the “Author Visits” link at the top of this page.

Panoss

Hi Peter! Happy new year! I know I'm late, although I was bussy all these days, studying and writing! I have wrote over 39,000 words in total. I need to write between 31,000 and 32,000 more words to finish the writting. I have write nearly 200 pages! I'm really excited to finish it! I also count the days until The Curse of the King release in Greece. I'll write here a review when I'll have read it.

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 07:39:49 PM
Peter replied

Hello, Panoss!  Yes, you sure have been busy.  Congratulations on all the good work, and best of luck completing it.  I look forward to your review of The Curse of the King!

Carter Ward

On your next tour can you visit Wasatch High School in Wasatch County Heber Ut. USA?

Monday, January 11, 2016 at 01:29:59 AM
Peter replied

Hello again, Carter! I’d love to visit your school, but I have to be invited.  Any teacher or librarian can do that by clicking on the “Author Visits” tab of my website.

Carter Ward

Why is there only five books for Seven Wonders?

Monday, January 11, 2016 at 01:22:49 AM
Peter replied
Hi, Carter. The series is five books because that was the best length for the story to be told. I hope you agree when you read Book 5!
Polina

Hello, Peter Lerangis! I'm your reader. I'm 12 years old and I am from Russia. I know English a little. You are my best athor and I like your books 'Seven Wonders'. I'm waiting your folowing books and wil read that ones with pleasure!!! Thanks for adventures!

Wednesday, January 06, 2016 at 04:57:41 PM
Peter replied
Thank you, Polina. I am delighted you are enjoying the books all the way in Russia!
Maryellen

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

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

Panoss

<p>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?</p>

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

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

<p>December 4, 2015<br /> Dear Mr. Lerangis,<br /> 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!</p>
<p>1) Do you have children? (if so what are their names?)<br /> 2) Do you have pets? (if so what are their names and breed?)<br /> 3) Are you married? (If so what is your wife’s name?)<br /> 4) What is your next book going to be called?<br /> 5) How did you come up with the idea for Book 3: The Sword Thief?</p>
<p>When you have a chance please answer the questions. Thank you.<br /> Your #1 fan,<br /> William</p>

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

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

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

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.