Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

James Preller

James Preller
Maggie Preller

James Preller is the author of the popular Jigsaw Jones mystery books, which have sold more than 10 million copies since 1998. He is also the author of Bystander, named a 2009 Junior Library Guild Selection, Six Innings, an ALA Notable Book, and Mighty Casey, his own twist on the classic poem, “Casey at the Bat.” In addition to writing full-time, Preller plays in a men’s hardball league and coaches Little League. He compares coaching kids to “trying to hold the attention of a herd of earthworms.” He lives in Delmar, New York with his wife, three children, cats and dog.

Q & A

Hometown: Wantagh, Long Island, NY
Currently resides: Delmar, NY
Favorite children's authors: William Steig and Arnold Lobel

Books by the Author

Better Off Undead
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Better Off Undead

James Preller
Feiwel & Friends
Feiwel & Friends

A middle-school zombie uncovers an environmental mystery in this middle-grade novel.

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The Courage Test
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The Courage Test

James Preller
Square Fish
Square Fish

In this middle grade novel by James Preller, a father and son journey along the Lewis and Clark Trail—from Fort Mandan to the shining sea—offering readers a genre-bending blend of American...

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The Fall
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The Fall

James Preller
Square Fish
Square Fish

An innovative new perspective on the tragedy of teen suicide.

The summer before school starts, Sam's friend and classmate Morgan Mallen kills herself. Morgan had been bullied. Maybe...

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Swamp Monster
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Swamp Monster

Scary Tales

James Preller, with illustrations by Iacopo Bruno
Feiwel & Friends
Feiwel & Friends

Welcome. Pull up a chair. Don't worry about the watching eyes. Let us tell you a story. But be warned. Swamp Monster isn't just any tale. This is a Scary Tale.

The brothers have been...

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One-Eyed Doll
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One-Eyed Doll

Scary Tales

James Preller; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
Feiwel & Friends
Feiwel & Friends

Welcome. Have a seat. The doll will move if you ask nicely. She's got a story to tell. But be warned. One-Eyed Doll isn't just any tale. This is a Scary Tale.
Meet Malick Rice...

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Nightmareland
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Nightmareland

Scary Tales

Written by James Preller; Illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
Feiwel & Friends
Feiwel & Friends

Welcome. Have a seat. The wolves will wait. Let us tell you a story. But be warned. Nightmareland isn't just any tale. This is a Scary Tale.

Meet Aaron Wheeler, who just got...

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Good Night, Zombie
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Good Night, Zombie

Scary Tales

James Preller, with illustrations by Iacopo Bruno
Feiwel & Friends
Feiwel & Friends

Welcome. Have a seat. Ignore the shambling undead outside. Let us tell you a story. But be warned. Good Night, Zombie isn't just any tale. This is a Scary Tale.

Meet Carter, Esme, and...

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Before You Go
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Before You Go

James Preller
Square Fish
Square Fish

The summer before his senior year, Jude (yes, he's named after the Beatles song) gets his first job, falls in love for the first time, and starts to break away from his parents. Jude's house is kept...

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Home Sweet Horror
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Home Sweet Horror

Scary Tales

James Preller, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
Feiwel & Friends
Feiwel & Friends

Welcome. Have a seat. Let us tell you a story. But be warned. Home Sweet Horror isn't just any tale. This is a Scary Tale.

Meet Liam Finn, who's just moved into a new home with...

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I Scream, You Scream!
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I Scream, You Scream!

Scary Tales

James Preller, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
Feiwel & Friends
Feiwel & Friends

Welcome. Take a seat. Buckle up, nice and tight. We've got a story to tell. But be warned. I Scream, You Scream! isn't just any tale. This is a Scary Tale, from James Preller.

Meet...

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A Pirate's Guide to First Grade
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A Pirate's Guide to First Grade

James Preller, illustrated by Greg Ruth
Feiwel & Friends
Feiwel & Friends

This ebook includes audio narration.
Arr! It's the first day of first grade, and it's all hands on deck for a young pirate and his crew. How much trouble can they get into? What...

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A Pirate's Guide to Recess
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A Pirate's Guide to Recess

James Preller; Illustrated by Greg Ruth
Feiwel & Friends
Feiwel & Friends

This ebook includes audio narration.Ahoy, mateys!

It's time for recess, and the schoolyard is teeming with young pirates who are ready for action. Who will rule the stormy seas of the...

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Bystander
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Bystander

James Preller
Square Fish
Square Fish

A seventh grade boy must choose between being a witness to bullying—or becoming a victim.

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Six Innings
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Six Innings

James Preller
Square Fish
Square Fish

A game in the life of a Little League team playing in the championship—and two best friends whose bond is put to the test.

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