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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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My new 
for the 
New York Journal of Books!


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Hanukkah Howie vs. Santa Claus

The First ‘Chrismukkah’ Classic 
has launched on INKSHARES, the crowd-driven publisher

Will you help guarantee its publication? Project must fund in 60 days!

Go to
to see the full text, sample illustrations, and to help bring this book to life!

Thank you for your support!
Over one million families in North America alone celebrate “Chrismukkah.” Around the globe more and more families are incorporating the hybrid holiday into their lives, yet there is no “go-to” story about it for them to embrace. Until now. Hanukkah Howie vs. Santa Claus will be cherished by every child who grows up in a Chrismukkah home, but it will  be enjoyed by all readers because it’s fun, funny, and full of heart.
Howie climbed out of the Hanucopter and approached his first house. He sprinkled some oil, then slid under the front door with his bag of gifts. Everything was going smoothly, a typical first night of Hanukkah. Or so he thought! There was someone else in the house, and he had presents, too–Santa Claus! When the shocked pair realized there were families on both their lists…It. Was. On. Hanukkah Howie vs. Santa Claus is the hilarious and heartfelt story of how two holiday heroes wind up with the greatest gift of all for themselves: friendship.
About the Illustrator: Andy Catling is a professional illustrator with more than 30 illustrated titles under his belt.  See http://www.catling-art.com/ for more.


Reviews

“Hey, you got Hanukkah in my Christmas!” “Hey, you got Christmas in my Hanukkah! Mmmmmm…reads great!”             
Finally: a holiday tale that is affecting without heaping on the schmaltz. Meet Howie AKA Hanukkah Howie—who is to the Festival of Lights as Saint Nick is to Christmas—as he prepares for his annual trek to visit all of the good Jewish children of the world: “Delivering eight nights worth of gifts at one time was a serious shlep!” With Hanukkah Howie vs. Santa Claus, you get exactly that: a festive arms race between two holiday heavyweights, each seeing who can outdo the other in terms of bringing some joy vey to the world. Of course, it all works out in the end, but if you don’t find yourself snickering at Slater’s whimsical world of Hanukkopters and other well-oiled contraptions, then you are definitely in the menorah-ty!
Dale E. Basye, author of the Circles of Heck Series
“What do you do when your family celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah? You celebrate Chrismukkah! David Michael Slater has written a delightful story capturing the joy of the holidays with humor and sensitivity. A must read for families of all faiths!”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Penny Warner, Author of the award-winning series, The Code Busters                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
“A new holiday tradition deserves a new holiday classic read aloud, and David Michael Slater has delivered just that, right to our door, by sleigh and by Hanukkopter.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      David Lubar, Author of Hidden Talents and Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
“This is the most Hanukkacool book I’ve read this year! David Michael Slater is one funny mensch—and Hanukkah Howie is my favorite new holiday hero.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Bart King, Author of The Big Book of Boy Stuff                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “Well, really, folks, when you get down to it, are Christmas and Hannukah really all that different? They are both celebrations steeped in the spirit of love and friendship, and who’s to say Loveship can’t be found in the combined celebration of both. Howie and Santa are onto something big! They just kind of make you want to hug everyone.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Graham Salisbury, Author of the bestselling Calvin Coconut Series and Under the Blood Red Sun
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “Great fun! I always wondered who brought the Hanukkah gifts.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Eric Kimmel, Author of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
“In celebration of blended families and modern-day cultural, religious and ethnic fusions, David Michael Slater’s Hanukkah Howie vs. Santa Claus has a unique, and refreshingly “real” take on one of the holiday’s biggest icons, Santa Claus. By bringing a new player to the game, Hanukkah Howie, gift giving becomes a cutthroat competition of who can “gift” better to win over those families who celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. And the silliness bar is raised with each encounter.
Funny. Unexpected. Sprinkled with laugh-out-loud lines, this book reads like a “well-oiled machine,” and will no doubt be a new holiday, Christmakkah favorite.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Heidi Ayarbe, author of Freeze Frame                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “One thing I always expect from a David Michael Slater book is an outrageously imaginative story. In Hanukkah Howie vs. Santa Claus he delivers just that. But he also captures the struggle between competing characters and competing traditions in a way that warms the heart and enlivens the mind. You cannot read this story without wondering what would change in the world if everyone from different traditions could find the same kind of friendship as what develops between Hanukkah Howie and Santa Claus. We can only hope so. I want every child to have a chance to read this story and be touched by its magic.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Roy M Carlisle, Advisory Board Member and Editorial Consultant for Relish Media, an imprint of Little Pickle Press                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
“A book involving the true message of the holidays for families of mixed faiths in today’s world has been long overdue, and we hope that “The World’s First Chrismukkah Classic” will become a household name. This book captures the essence of finding joy and being with those you love around the holidays regardless of belief.”                                                                                                                                             
Danny Foley & Sarah Robinson of Watch for Rocks, Creators of “The Chrismukkah Song”                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            At long last: the dueling holidays reconcile as Hanukkah Howie and Santa Claus discover Chrismukkah. This is the tradition-defining story that every blended family will want to read as they sit beside the Chrismukkah bush amidst an avalanche of presents.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sage Cohen, author of The Productive Writer

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HEAR YE! HEAR YE!


Hanukkah Howie Vs. Santa Claus
“The First ‘Chrismukkah’ Classic! 
will launch for pre-sales on INKSHARES, the crowd-driven publisher
FEB 1!
Will you help guarantee its publication? Project must fund in 60 days!
Starting Feb. 1 Go to
to see the full text, sample illustrations, and to help bring this book to life!
Thank you for your support!
Over one million families in North America alone celebrate “Chrismukkah.” Around the globe more and more families are incorporating the hybrid holiday into their lives, yet there is no “go-to” story about it for them to embrace. Until now. Hanukkah Howie Vs. Santa Claus will be cherished by every child who grows up in a Chrismukkah home, but it will also be enjoyed by general readers because it’s fun, funny, and full of heart.
Howie climbed out of the Hanucopter and approached his first house. He sprinkled some oil, then slid under the front floor with his bag of gifts. Everything was going smoothly, a typical first night of Hanukkah. Or so he thought! There was someone else in the house, and he had presents, too–Santa Claus! When the shocked pair realized there were families on both their lists…It. Was. On. Hanukkah Howie Vs. Santa Claus is the hilarious and heartfelt story of how two holiday heroes wind up with the greatest gift of all for themselves: friendship.
About the Illustrator: Andy Catling is a professional illustrator with more than 30 illustrated titles under his belt.  See http://www.catling-art.com/ for more.

Reviews

What do you do when your family celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah? You celebrate Chrismukkah! David Michael Slater has written a delightful story capturing the joy of the holidays with humor and sensitivity. A must read for families of all faiths!
Penny Warner, Author of the award-winning series, The Code Busters                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “A new holiday tradition deserves a new holiday classic read aloud, and David Michael Slater has delivered just that, right to our door, by sleigh and by Hanukkopter.”
David Lubar, Author of Hidden Talents and Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “This is the most Hanukkacool book I’ve read this year! David Michael Slater is one funny mensch—and Hanukkah Howie is my favorite new holiday hero.”
Bart King, Author of The Big Book of Boy Stuff                                                                                                 

“Well, really, folks, when you get down to it, are Christmas and Hannukah really all that different? They are both celebrations steeped in the spirit of love and friendship, and who’s to say Loveship can’t be found in the combined celebration of both. Howie and Santa are onto something big! They just kind of make you want to hug everyone.”
Graham Salisbury, Author of the bestselling Calvin Coconut Series and Under the Blood Red Sun
                                                                                                                                                                            "Great fun! I always wondered who brought the Hanukkah gifts.”
Eric Kimmel, Author of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           "In celebration of blended families and modern-day cultural, religious and ethnic fusions, David Michael Slater’s Hanukkah Howie Vs. Santa Claus has a unique, and refreshingly “real” take on one of the holiday’s biggest icons, Santa Claus. By bringing a new player to the game, Hanukkah Howie, gift giving becomes a cutthroat competition of who can “gift” better to win over those families who celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. And the silliness bar is raised with each encounter.
Funny. Unexpected. Sprinkled with laugh-out-loud lines, this book reads like a “well-oiled machine,” and will no doubt be a new holiday, Christmakkah favorite."
Heidi Ayarbe, author of Freeze Frame                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “One thing I always expect from a David Michael Slater book is an outrageously imaginative story. In Hanukkah Howie Vs. Santa Claus he delivers just that. But he also captures the struggle between competing characters and competing traditions in a way that warms the heart and enlivens the mind. You cannot read this story without wondering what would change in the world if everyone from different traditions could find the same kind of friendship as what develops between Hanukkah Howie and Santa Claus. We can only hope so. I want every child to have a chance to read this story and be touched by its magic.”
Roy M Carlisle, Advisory Board Member and Editorial Consultant for Relish Media, an imprint of Little Pickle Press

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BIG NEWS! The Sacred Books Series has been acquired by the Zharmae Publishing Press. The series will be retitled The Forbidden Books Series and relaunched in the fall of 2015. The series will also be published by the Modern Press, Co. in China and is being developed for film by a former producer of The Lion King and screenwriter of the #1 movie, Dolphin Tale.

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This is starting to get very exciting. Here is the the upcoming PW review (following the starred Kirkus) for 



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Now an AMAZING interactive ebook for tablets/phones from 

Auryn. Download the Stories Alive app.

They did a phenomenal job.






Also available as an interactive game/app from 

Tiny Tap! Download the Tiny Tap app for tablet/phone, too!

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Advanced copy arrived! 

Very excited for the March release. 






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Coming from Charlesbridge in March!


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New website!
Nothing super fancy, but clean, clear and, hopefully, easy to navigate. Some news soon!


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At very long last, Dictionaries Out of Order is here. Sort of. 

The ebook is now available, two weeks ahead of the 

hardcopy. I hope you will have a look!



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Check it out: Publishers Weekly noticed Fun & Games!


Jon is a normal teenager about to start college, but in Slater’s novel he finds that he can’t move forward in life until he comes to terms with his family’s past. While his grandmother is a Holocaust survivor, his father vehemently avoids religion. Jon’s two older sisters are a handful: Nadia is a manipulator, with her fingers in everything the family does, and Olivia is toeing the line between virgin and professional soft-porn star. When an incident at Hebrew school sends the rabbi to Jon’s house, it precipitates a crisis of faith that causes their father to abandon them for Israel, where he is killed. As Jon departs for college, accompanied by two of his best friends, the lies and intrigues get deeper, and the more he learns about his family, the more he realizes he doesn’t know them. When he returns home for a wedding, tragedy strikes and forces the family to reach a reckoning with their lies. The characters manage to be both familiar and well-realized individuals, and beneath the banal suburban setting hide deep troubles. Slater finds a successful tone between comedy and pathos that carries readers through some of the less plausible twists, even making the violent ending work. While Jon’s best friends could be more clearly defined, Jon’s own progression is strong. Slater has painted an intimate and memorable family portrait. (BookLife)
Reviewed on: 09/29/2014 

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Not sure if this is related to the Publishers Weekly review, but Fun & Games is free on Kindle right now. 

It jumped into the Top 100 in Humor. Why is it so much easier to give books away then sell them? :)


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Well, this is a nice shock. Fun & Games is an Honorable Mention on Heeb Magazine's 

(started up by some guy named Spielberg) Best Books of the Year list.

http://heebmagazine.com/best-books-5774-according-heeb/52252

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The NYJB says "Buy This Great Book Now." That's an order I guess :)


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My first copies!


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Reno folks: I will be signing some of my books Sunday 2 - 4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble as part of a fundraiser for Mt. View Montessori. Short reading as well. Hope you can stop by!


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