Author SPLOTlight: Jim Benton
Sometimes I do things a little backwards. Which is why when I saw this amazing video interview with Jim Benton . . . I decided he was my new absolute favorite author without ever having read anything he wrote.
Then, to prove myself right, I read the first three books in the Dear Dumb Diary series. And I was! Jamie Kelly is wonderfully snarky and hilarious. Jamie's diary is filled with all the mean things you only wish you had the guts to say about those blonde, zone-shampooing, stuck-up girls named Angeline. And I can't wait to see what happens next in Jamie's epic quest for popularity.
And for all of you who loved Jim and Jamie way before I did, check out this exclusive, new short story Jim brainstormed with his fans the last time he visited Scholastic headquarters:
I love it!
— Carly H., STACKS Staffer