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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Helping generate a generation of readers

I don't think anything's more rewarding than hearing that you've helped someone gain a love of reading.” – James Dashner 

Dashner's books are primarily written for teens and young adults and he said that their acceptance of his work and enthusiasm for reading because of it has been the most gratifying part of his career.   His work is typically within the adventure, survival, and science-fiction genres, perhaps best represented by The Maze Runner, his most widely-distributed book.

The Maze Runner reached 100 weeks' standing on the New York Times Best Seller list for Children's Series on September 21, 2014, two days after the release of the motion picture adaptation of the book.  If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, I 
highly commend both of them.  His writing has been 
recognized with a number of major awards including the American Library Award for Best Fiction for Young Adults.

While creating characters that are both compelling and unforgettable, he said in the end it’s the story that matters most.  His advice for writers:  “Be unpredictable, be real, and be interesting,” he said.  “And first and foremost, tell a good story.”

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