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David Michael Slater was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He teaches high school in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife and son. David writes for children, teens and adults.
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Cover reveal!


One Word to rule them all…in the hands of thirteen-year-olds.
Abandoned and alone, Daphna and Dexter Wax face dangers from all directions. The neighborhood gang wants Dex’s head, and the local party queens have it in for Daphna. And there’s the small matter of social workers. And police. But the twins are armed with the Book of Nonsense, and when it comes to the First Tongue, knowledge is power. And that power is amazing!
Every day, the twins get better at wielding Words, and soon they’ll put an end to Adem Tarik’s plans to make his ‘Heaven on Earth’—whatever that means. Dex and Daphna can build their own paradise.
But the world was never meant to be perfect.

Coming March, 2016

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The Kitlitosphere lost a bright light last night. The Slaters lost a friend. Here's to hoping The Beaverton School District, who lost a devoted leader and tireless advocate for books and literacy, establishes some sort of memorial or scholarship for Debbie Alvarez. Rest in Peace.

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More news! The Boy & the Book was shortlisted for Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy 2016 CLEL Picture Book Awards. There are 5 books in the "Read" category:
Books for Me! by Sue Fliess; illustrated by Mike Laughead (Two Lions), The Boy & the Book by David Michael Slater; illustrated by Bob Kolar (Charlesbridge), Where Are My Books? by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll (Random House), Sloth Slept On by Frann Preston-Gannon (Sterling Childrens Books)

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Here's news: If you have an Amazon Prime or Unlimited account, you can now read any of these fine books for free.



      


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The fBooks SCBWI Book Launch party begins today! 
Have a look and leave a like or a note! 
DETAILS THERE ON HOW TO SET UP A FREE SKYPE VISIT WITH YOURS TRULY!
‪#‎SCBWIparty‬

 

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The Book of Secrets (Forbidden Books 2) released today (e-book)! Paper should be ready in a week or two!
The world was turning out to be not just a book of secrets, but a whole library full.
Dexter and Daphna Wax have learned incredible secrets. Their mother was thousands of years old and on a Council devoted to destroying the First Tongue. And there are connivers, like Asterious Rash, who would do anything to learn Words of Power. They also know the Words were hidden in the Book of Nonsense.
But now it’s out of their hands, and they may not survive long enough to get it back.
The twins might stand a chance of completing their mother's mission—if they can get on the same page—but danger looms closer to home than they ever thought possible.
And the new secrets Dex and Daphna uncover are ones they never wanted to know.

http://www.amazon.com/Book-Secrets-Forbidden-Books-ebook/dp/B018HPRQJM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1448462596&sr=1-1&keywords=book+of+secrets+slater

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Join me at this great session at this year's Reno Comic Con!

Creating Worlds and Storytelling
Sunday, November 22nd
12:30 - 1:15 Room C3

Creators, Novelists, and Narrative Designers discuss the ins and outs of creating worlds and storytelling including their experiences and their secrets for finishing creative projects. Join Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion) and special guest speakers for this one-of-a-kind panel.

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Meet Phillip!
He is available to adorn your new favorite T-shirts, posters, mugs, and more...
Go HERE! to check it out

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Here is the start of my blog post for PiBoIdMo today. It has gotten a remarkable response 
(over a hundred comments in the first two hours)!



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Thrilled to reveal the cover for The Book of Secrets (Forbidden Books, Volume 2), coming this Nov!


The world was turning out to be not just a book of secrets, but a whole library full.
Dexter and Daphna Wax have learned incredible secrets. Their mother was thousands of years old and on a Council devoted to destroying the First Tongue. And there are connivers, like Asterious Rash, who would do anything to learn Words of Power. They also know the Words were hidden in the Book of Nonsense.
But now it’s out of their hands, and they may not survive long enough to get it back.
The twins might stand a chance of completing their mother's mission—if they can get on the same page—but danger looms closer to home than they ever thought possible.
And the new secrets Dex and Daphna uncover are ones they never wanted to know.

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Awesome conversation via Skype about The Book of Nonsense with the teen book club 
@ Sevier County Public Library in Tennessee!


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Excited to learn that The Book of Nonsense has been included in this month's edition of Middle Shelf.




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Thank you to The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California for including THE BOY & THE BOOK in their OUTSTANDING newsletter (July 2015 vol. 24 no. 10):
"A wordless romp shows the havoc that ensues when a pre-reader has marvelous fun playing with a book with no clue of its intended use or any regard for the book’s safety. As the boy leaves a library, one blue book is left with its pages in tatters. Its companion picture books swoop in with tape and glue to put it back together again. When the boy returns some time later, the books react with terror, scrambling to hide and get out of his reach. But the boy’s tears stoke the courage of the now-battered blue picture book, who cautiously decides to rejoin him and discovers a marvelous change—the boy can now read! Young readers will enjoy the panicky reaction of the books, the various bits of Scotch tape and scribbling that show up on the actual book’s covers, as well as in the story, and pick up a gentle lesson on book care along the way. Computer-rendered illustrations are predominantly blue, red, and orange and show plenty of action and a convincing range of expressions on the faces of both humans and books."

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Some exciting news today. As you may know, my first early chapter book series, Mysterious Monsters, was recently acquired by Zharmae Press. First, it has been determined that all six books will be published simultaneously, likely in mid-2016. Second, in the fall of 2016, the series will also be published as graphic novels. Thrilled to enter yet another new publishing realm!

Dms

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Another day, another blog notice! Thanks, Author Shine!



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Thanks for sharing to your awesome list, Nevada Arts Council!


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One of my favorite things about the new edition of The Book of Nonsense is the spot art at the top of 

each chapter. It's the little things :)


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I am thrilled to announce the release of The Book of Nonsense (Forbidden Books, Vol. I) and to share that the Forbidden Books series is in the hands of producer Kevin Bannerman (Lion King, Ice Age, Curious George) and screenwriter Karen Janszen (Dolphin Tale), who are developing it for film. I don't normally share Amazon reviews, but below I will share the most recent, because it is the most thoughtful and articulate review of the book I've yet to see. (No, I didn't write it  :)

Dms



The Power of Words
ByAmanda R. Smith on June 2, 2015
Format: Paperback

There’s a line from Nathaniel Hawthorne that reads, “Words—so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” On its surface The Book of Nonsense is a young adult adventure story about twins who uncover and attempt to stop a centuries-old plot to unravel and re-form the world as we know it—through the discovery and use of the Words of Power from the First Tongue, the language that is rumored to have brought the universe into being. And this brings us to the core of The Book of Nonsense: It’s actually a meditation on the power of language. It’s both a cautionary tale about how the words and ideas contained in books can be warped and used for terrible harm in the wrong hands and a celebration of the way those same words have potential to do great things in the right hands. The problem, however, is that so many hands seem to be the wrong ones. The power of the First Tongue is not presented as something especially desirable, but rather something so strong that it can’t really be wielded with any guarantee of safety—even by those with the best of intentions. Potent for good and evil, indeed.

While these may seem like heady thoughts, the adventures of Daphna and Dexter Wax do make the themes accessible and palatable to young readers by pitting the young heroes against at least two truly terrifying foes. Asterius Rash and his hulking assistant Emmet are drawn in grotesque lines, all gnarled joints and ruined eyes. Rash (even his name is gross) is driven by literally blind ambition, and Emmet is obsessed with his only lifelong goal, finally getting to kill someone. Rash uses the Words of Power as heavy weaponry to bend others to his distorted will—he is the personification of the ways power can corrupt.

Daphna and Dexter, in contrast, are innocents, drawn into a situation that is well over their heads, but they have to make the best of things. While twins are generally supposed to be close allies, the Wax twins don’t really like each other and could not be more different. She’s a bookish goody two-shoes, and he’s engaged in mindless rebellion—but both are using these tactics to cover up deep insecurities that seem to only begin to heal when the unlikely pair joins forces. They become more likeable when they’re working together, and it’s easy to root for them to succeed.

The plotting here is fast-paced but the way threads that seem insignificant eventually tie together is immensely satisfying. Efficient is the best word I can use to describe the plot—Slater packs several millennia’s worth of events into a densely packed timeline, but it never feels rush or as if events are getting short shrift. And while the outcome of the adventure is deeply poignant, as the first installment of a series, the ending strikes the balance of wrapping up just enough while leaving room for the adventure to continue.

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The Boy & the Book is on this list!!

The Best Is Yet to Come: An Early 2015 Picture Book Preview




"I've said before that we are in the midst of a golden age for children's literature. Well, if the early returns are any indication, 2015 might very well be a new high water mark in the modern era of picture books..."

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I'm excited to share that every one of these books is now an interactive game available for the tablet/phone market through the wonderful company TinyTap​. All you need is their app. 12 of the books are read by the author. So you've been warned :)


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One week to release day!

Here's the latest review. This from the Children's Book Council.

In this wordless story, a little boy finds a book that he loves at the library. It’s a match made in kid lit heaven. But not for the book. Sometimes the little boy’s excitement gets the better of him and the book suffers from possibly too much love: bent pages, tears, hugs, tossing, and shaking. The boy soon learns that the book is not just an object and is so much more on the inside. He loves what the book gives him more than the fun he had playing with it. Bob Kolar’s charming and hilarious illustrations show how sometimes our love for a good book can be too much, but with a more gentle touch, books can give us much comfort and joy.

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Want to hear yours truly doing an interview on Radio Z?

Host Alicia is joined by authors Amar Habib & David Michael Slater 
to talk about creating adventure when writing.


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Extremely excited to share the awesome cover of THE 

BOOK OF NONSENSE, Volume I of the rebooting 

Forbidden Books Series. Pub date is 5/28. The seven book 

series will release a title every six months. Movie news: 

gears are still turning!




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News! In my (inadvertent) attempt to become the world's first cradle-to-grave author, I'm now going to reach a new age group, 7-10, right between my picture books and teen novels (which of course pave the way for the adult books). My six-book early chapter book series, Mysterious Monsters, has been acquired by The Zharmae Publishing Press, the same fine folks rebooting The Forbidden Books Series in just a few weeks. Very excited!

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Join us Saturday at Reno’s 2015 Lit Crawl for a reading from The Book of Nonsense alongside Heather Petty and Terri Farley (Lake Mansion, 250 Court St. at 5:00 p.m.) The Book of Nonsense reboots 5/28! The new Forbidden Books Series will also be published by the Modern Press, Co. in China. Film news shared Sat. night!  -Dms

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