New Versions of Poached and Big Game in stores November 28th

On November 28, something very exciting is happening.  Poached and Big Game are changing their covers.  As of that day (and possibly a little bit earlier), the covers will look like this:

Amazing, right?  My incredible designer, Lucy Cummins, has done it again.

If you already have a copy of one of these books, don’t be alarmed.  Everything inside the book (except for some of the design elements) ought to stay exactly the same.

So you could be forgiven for asking, ‘Why are you changing the covers at all?’

To which I will respond with a question of my own: ‘Have you ever heard the phrase: Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover?’

Of course you have. That phrase applies to people, though.  Not books.  (It’s meant to be taken metaphorically, not literally.)  Everyone judges books by their covers:  You do it.  I do it.  Your teachers and parents and librarians do it.

While the original covers Lucy did for Poached and Big Game are excellent, we felt it would be a good idea to give the series a cohesive look.  I mean, look at the covers for the Spy School series:

No question that those books are all in the same series, right?

But that wasn’t the case with the FunJungle series.  The covers were all very different:

 

 

 

 

 

 

They don’t look like they’re in the same series.

So that’s why we’re changing them.  There was no improving upon the original Belly Up cover, of course, which is a classic, but as for the rest, they are all going to look more like Lucy’s amazing Panda-monium cover:

And that’s why we’re changing them, pure and simple.  If you already have a copy, there’s no need to get a new one.

Unless, of course, you want every possible edition of my works in your collection.  Then by all means, feel free to buy another version of each of these books.

Barnes & Noble will be printing an exclusive edition of Spy School Secret Service

Did you enjoy the B&N special edition of Evil Spy School? Or Big Game? Or Spy Ski School? Or Panda-Monium? If you did (or heck, even if you didn’t) here’s some good news:

There is going to be a special edition of Spy School Secret Service too.

I have just wrapped up work on some fun bonus features, and the fabulous Lucy Cummins is designing some great stuff for it as well. Like the others, there will be a special, extra-shiny book jacket with a secret surprise poster on the inside, along with lots of pages of bonus material.

And right now (July 24), the book is only $10.95 if you pre-order it on B&N. I have no idea where they came up with the price of $10.95, but if I were you, I wouldn’t question it.

All you have to do is click right here to pre-order it!

(In the past, some special editions have shipped up to a week early.  I can’t promise this will happen again, but it’s yet another bonus for pre-ordering it.)

 

Cover and plot reveal for Moon Base Alpha #3: Waste Of Space!

A lot of you have been writing to me, asking for details about MBA #3, so you’ll be pleased to know the time has come to reveal them.

First of all, here’s the cover, another amazing job by Lucy Cummins:

The tentative release date is April 24, 2018.

Now, the plot:

Someone at Moon Base Alpha has poisoned Lars Sjoberg. Lars Survives the attempt, and Dash is forced, against his will, to help investigate.  Unfortunately, the killer will do anything to protect their identity, which means Dash may find himself in serious danger once again.

What really intrigued me about doing this idea was that I thought it’d be fun to write a mystery where every single person at MBA had a motive for wanting the victim dead.  The more suspects, the more fun the mystery is.  And in this mystery I have more suspects than ever before.

Plus, there’s another element of danger at work.  But I’m not going to tell you what it is.  You’ll have to read the book to find out.

And, for those of you who have asked for more info about Zan Perfonic, you’ll get it in this book.  I promise.

But I’m not going to share any more about Zan.  Or anything else about the book.

Why?  Because the less you know about the plot, the more fun the book is to read.  I know it’s a long time until the book comes out, but it ought to be worth the wait.

(If you’re dying to pre-order it, you can do that now by clicking here.)

The plot of Big Game comes true: Some awful person just really killed a rhino in a French zoo

For those of you who don’t know, the plot of my book Big Game is about someone trying to poach an endangered rhino from a zoo, possibly to steal its horn.

Well, that has now happened in real life.  Yesterday, in a French Zoo near Paris, poachers broke in, killed a four year old rhino and stole its horn.  You can read the story by clicking here.  This is the victim:

I am devastated by this news.  When I came up with the idea for Big Game, it was because I actually had a fear that something like this might happen some day.  But I really hoped it wouldn’t.

The reason this happened is because the price of rhino horn is ridiculously high.  There are still horribly misinformed people out there who believe that rhino horn has the power to cure diseases such of cancer, even though that has never been proven.  (Rhino horn is made of keratin, which is the same stuff that your fingernails are made of.)  As long as there is demand for rhino horn, no matter how dumb the reasons, people will be killing rhinos.

One species of rhino, the African northern white rhino, will go extinct in the next few years.  There only three of them left in the world.

But there is also a decent chance that all species will be extinct in the wild soon, unless extreme action is taken.

If you want to help, I suggest you visit these sites and learn what you can do:

rhinos.org

World Wildlife Fund

Save the Rhino

Thanks,

Stuart

Barnes & Noble is printing an exclusive edition of Panda-monium!

Hey everyone!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you have probably seen a post like this before.  Barnes & Noble has printed really amazing exclusive editions of my last four books…

And now, they are making one for Panda-Monium as well.

What do you get with your exclusive edition?  SIXTEEN PAGES OF BONUS MATERIAL, for starters.  There’s some bonus fun stuff I wrote for this edition, along with an interview I did with WWF panda expert Colby Loucks.  And, if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a special-edition books jacket with a poster on the inside.

Now, I bet you’re thinking, “Boy, that sounds amazing, but I’m sure it must be an extra fifty dollars for all that great stuff.”

WRONG!  Believe it or not, the exclusive edition is actually CHEAPER than the regular edition — only $10.42! — but only if you act soon and pre-order it.

That’s right.  $10.42!  That’s ridiculously cheap.  B&N could have gone crazy and charged $10.43 for it, but they shaved that extra penny off because they care.

So how do you get it?  Easy.  Just click here.

You know you want it.  Look at this cover.  This cover alone is worth $10.42.  How can you resist it?

Here’s what you’ve been waiting for: The title — and cover — of Spy School #5!

Hey readers!

I have been getting a lot of questions about Spy School #5.  In particular: ‘Does it have a title besides Spy School #5?’

It does!  And while I could just type it here, it’s more fun to reveal it this way, with the incredible cover designed, as usual, by my incredible designer, Lucy Cummins:

Amazing, right?  And, as usual, what you’re seeing here doesn’t even do it justice.  The actual cover has this cool, shimmery effect for the sunglasses.  It’s fantastic!

Now, I know what your next question is going to be: ‘When does it come out?’

The answer to that is… October 10, 2017.

And now, I know what your third question is going to be: ‘What happens in this book?’

All right, I will tell you.  But with a caveat:

This is all I am going to tell you about the book.  I know this will be frustrating to you, and that you will have more questions.  But I am not going to answer those questions, no matter how nicely you ask.  Because the more you know, the less fun it is for you to read the book.

So here’s the plot, in a nutshell: Ben is sent undercover into the White House to investigate a plot against the president.  As usual, things don’t quite work out the way anyone expects, and chaos and mayhem ensue.

Everything else is classified.  For now.

The boxed set of Spy School books is now in stores!

Have you ever said to yourself, “Man, I’d really love to buy the first three books of the Spy School series, but there’s no cool box to hold them all?”

Well, your prayers have been answered!  As of today, you can get beautiful brand-new copies of Spy School, Spy Camp and Evil Spy School in an equally-beautiful box!

Check it out:

SPY SCHOOL COLLECTION

It’s the perfect gift for any young reader — or any wanna-be spy — or anyone who simply admires a well-designed set of boxed books.

Available in stores and on-line as of today!

Barnes & Noble is releasing an exclusive edition of Spy Ski School

So far, Barnes & Noble has done exclusive editions of three of my books: Evil Spy School, Spaced Out and Big Game.  If you’ve been lucky enough to get one of these, you’ve seen that they have lots of great stuff, like secret artwork on the inside of the cover, extra maps and lots of pages of bonus material, all for only a few cents more than the regular edition.

Well, now B&N is releasing an exclusive edition of Spy Ski School as well — and it has plenty of great stuff in it as well.  But here’s the best part:

Right now, it’s the exact same price as the regular hardcover!

SpySkiSchool

That’s right: You get all the cool extra artwork and all the great bonus material for the exact same price.  So why not pre-order your exclusive copy today?

All you have to do is click right here.

Oh, and here’s one other potential bonus:  In the past, the exclusive editions have shipped early.  In fact, some readers got their exclusive edition up to two weeks before the regular editions were in stores.  Now, I can’t promise that will happen again, but if it did… Well, that’d be pretty cool, wouldn’t it?

New shirts available!

Hey folks –

A lot of you may have noticed that there haven’t been any new t-shirts available on this site for, oh… five years or so.  That’s because I never had the time to design any more.

(I suppose it’s possible that you never realized that there were t-shirts available on this site at all.  Well, now you know.  Just go to the ‘Get Stuff!’ page on this site and you’ll see.)

Anyhow, since I didn’t have the time to design t-shirts, I finally just coerced someone else into doing it.  Now, there’s some really cool new ones on the site, featuring all sorts of cover art by the immensely-talented Lucy Cummins.

So, if you’ve ever looked at one of my books and thought, “Man, that cover would look amazing on a t-shirt,” click here to check the new stuff out.  (Or you can go to that ‘Get Stuff!’ page whenever you want.)

Just so you know, I don’t make any money from this.  These shirts are all available at cost.

Hope you like them!