Best-selling thriller writer James Patterson has written a short story set in London to encourage kids to read on World Book Day.
The organizers are giving a Â£ 1 book token to each child in the country which can be used on a series of 10 Â£ 1 titles, including the contribution of the American author, Middle School: How I Got Lost in London.
It tells the story of Rafe Khatchadorian and a school trip to London that is designed to pique readers’ interest in places such as Tate Modern, HMS Belfast and the National Theater, all of which are mentioned.
Patterson, who started writing for young adults in 2005 to get his son Jack to read more, said:. How are they going to continue going to school, how are they going to find work? “
His own son’s performance at school was transformed by the summer of 2005 of âhard loveâ when Jack, now 16, read 12 titles at his parents’ insistence.
âHe immediately improved in his schoolwork. What parents need to understand is that it is their job, not the school’s, to bring books home, whether they come from libraries or elsewhere. If you don’t force children to read, you send them out with a disability.
Patterson, who created the best-selling crime series Alex Cross, said he wanted American newspapers to follow the example of the Evening Standard and its Get London Reading literacy campaign. âI wish the papers here would do this,â he said.
The author spends his own money to support literacy campaigns in the United States but lamented World Book Day – which takes place today (Thursday 6th) – was not the major event it has become in the UK.