Q: You’re best known to adult readers. Why write for kids, in particular middle graders?
A: My son, Jack, was a reluctant reader and it made me want to write the kinds of books that would get kids excited about reading. But I also really enjoy writing them. I get to be funny in these books.
Q: Do you see your primary audience as boys who are reluctant readers?
A: I don’t write just for reluctant readers or just for boys; I write for all readers.
Q: What do you hope kids will take away from House of Robots?
A: Many of my books feature kids working together and taking responsibility for themselves and the people around them. I like to get kids thinking about what that means. There’s also a reasonable amount of science, which is pretty cool.
Q: You recently donated 45,000 copies of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life to sixth graders in New York City. What motivated this?
A: I try to do as much as I can to get kids reading, and book donations are a big part of that mission. When kids have a book that they own, it gets them excited about reading.
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