Author SPLOTlight: Peter Lerangis
Funny how time flies, huh? Seems like just yesterday that everyone here at The STACKS was getting really excited about the launch of the first 39 Clues book, and now we're only about a month away from the release of The Sword Thief (Book 3). Early reports indicate that it's just as good as the first two -- the now-classic blend of action, adventure, history, and humor is still there -- so I thought this would be a good opportunity to introduce you to its author: none other than Mr. Peter Lerangis.
Most of us are pretty good at a bunch of different, unconnected, unrelated things. Sometimes people are really good at one thing. But then there are people that seem to be really good at everything, and they're the ones that drive you nuts.
Peter Lerangis is one of those people.
Peter has written more than 150 books in a wide variety of genres. A small sampling: Smiler's Bones, the Drama Club series, the Spy X series, the Watchers series, the Abracadabra series, the Antarctica series, and novelizations of movies like The Sixth Sense and Beauty and the Beast. He went to Harvard, where he graduated with a degree in Nuclear Rocket Brain Surgery or something insane like that. And he spent eight years in New York working in musical theater before turning to writing. We are looking at a man with way too much talent for one person to have. Check out this funny bio from the Spy X site. (It's true, actually — he did go to Moscow with Laura Bush.) He also sang a cappella at Harvard in the Krokodiloes, and whatever your thoughts on a cappella are, it's incredibly hard (youtube them if you don't believe me).
I'm really wondering where he gets the brainpower to do all that stuff and write novels on top of it. But I guess that's the kind of guy you want writing your books, right? I have a feeling that we 39 Clues fans are in good hands. March 3rd can't come soon enough! Can't wait to find out the identity of the mysterious warrior Dan and Amy are tracking . . .
PLUS, this just in — we’ve heard that Peter will be going on a 39 Clues nationwide tour in March and April. Stay tuned for more details!
And in case you missed it, here's the awesome 39 Clues trailer!
Till next time, Splotters!
— Jack, STACKS Staffer