All right fans, now that the release date for Evil Spy School is coming up, the deluge of questions about that book has dropped off, only to be replaced with a deluge of questions about Big Game, the third book in the FunJungle series. So I figured I ought to answer some of them.
When is Big Game coming out?
October 13, 2015
What happens in this one?
The main plot in this book is that someone is trying to kill Rhonda, one of FunJungle’s endangered asian rhinos. So this time, Teddy is in a race to figure out the identity of the hunter and stop them before Rhonda ends up dead.
Ooh! Sounds exciting!
Although rhino poaching sounds like a pretty serious topic. Why did you choose to write about that?
Well, first of all, let me say that the book is still quite funny, just like Belly Up and Poached were. But you’re right, rhino poaching is a serious issue. The reason I decided to take it on though, is be cause 1) it’s important and 2) many of my readers seems to be very concerned about environmental topics like this. Sadly, there’s a decent chance that there might not be any rhinos left in the wild in the near future if something isn’t done about poaching, and so I felt my readers might want to know more about it — although, hopefully, through my book, they can learn about it in an amusing way.
Wait. Did you say that, in the near future, there might not be any rhinos left on earth? How long are we talking here?
It depends. It could be thirty years. Could be less. It depends on the species. When I started writing Big Game, there were seven North African White Rhinos left in the world. Now, there are only five. And they’re all probably too old to breed, so that species is going to be extinct soon. (If you’d like too see what they look like, this is Nola, one of the last five left):
Aw, man, now I’m kind of depressed.
You should be. This is depressing stuff. But maybe, you’ll take those feelings and do something positive with them, like support a charity like www.rhinos.org. Or www.nature.org.
Um… you did say funny stuff happens in this book, right? It’s not all preachy and stuff, is it?
No, it’s not preachy. There’s plenty of funny. Plus lots of action and adventure. I just felt that putting the life of an endangered animal at stake would really heighten the tension.
Is Summer in it?
How about J.J. and Pete Thwacker and Doc and Teddy’s parents and Xavier?
Yes, they’re all in it too. Pretty much everyone you’ve met in previous books is back in this one.
Even Vance Jessup?
Er… no. Not him.
What about Large Marge? Is she back?
Oh yes. Marge is back and causing even more trouble for Teddy than ever.
Well, in addition to the rhino hunter, there’s another criminal on the loose at FunJungle. A very destructive their has been robbing a lot of the stores in the park. And Marge suspects Teddy is the real culprit.
Ooh. So Teddy has two crimes to solve in this one?
What happens with Summer and Teddy? Are they going to start dating?
Wow, you wouldn’t believe how many times I get asked this. It’s probably the number one question I get.
Are you saying I’m unoriginal?
No! It just kind of surprises me. But I guess that means my readers are really invested in what happens with Teddy and Summer.
We are! So… What happens?
Well, I really don’t want to spill the beans on this. Let’s just say that it’s a question on Teddy’s mind as well.
Aw, man. You’re really not going to say anything more?
Sorry. But I have to keep some things secret. You’re just going to have to wait for the book.