James Patterson loves a collaboration, this much we know. He’s co-authored at least fifty novels, on top of the dozens of solo-authored books. But are any of his co-authors as well known as President Bill Clinton? I think not.
“Working with President Clinton has been the highlight of my career, and having access to his first-hand experience has uniquely informed the writing of this novel,” Patterson said in a statement to Penguin Random House. “I’m a story-teller, and President Clinton’s insight has allowed us to tell a really interesting one. It’s a rare combination — readers will be drawn to the suspense, of course, but they’ll also be given an inside look into what it’s really like to be President.”
President Clinton said he drew on his own experiences in the Oval Office for the book, entitled The President Is Missing. “Working on a book about a sitting President — drawing on what I know about the job, life in the White House, and the way Washington works — has been a lot of fun. And working with Jim has been terrific. I’ve been a fan of his for a very long time.”
Best-selling author James Patterson will be donating $2 million to classrooms across the country, benefiting a total of 4,000 teachers and their students, as a part of his School Library Campaign and annual Patterson Pledge program.
The program is run in coordination with Scholastic Book Clubs and is currently in its fourth year. This year’s donation is an increase from last year’s $1.75 million, and Scholastic is anticipating a record number of applicants for the program, which last year numbered over 80,000. Recipients will be given $500 dollars and 500 Scholastic Book Club Bonus Points to be used for purchasing books for classroom libraries.
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In a press release for Scholastic, Patterson said:
I was humbled to see the overwhelming response to last year’s grant campaign, and I’m happy to reach even more teachers this time around. I can’t underscore enough how important books and reading are to a child’s development – better readers make better people, and ultimately better citizens. I’m so grateful for the teachers who are doing imperative work with students every day, in every school in the country. These grants are my way of acknowledging their extraordinary efforts.
Judy Newman, President of Scholastic Book Clubs, added that teachers are often the best at choosing books suited to their students’ abilities and interests but often have to spend their own money in order to buy new books. “This is why we at Scholastic Book Clubs are truly inspired by James Patterson’s commitment to offer real help to teachers in this work” she said.