A magical fantasy series for middle grade readers, the Arlo Finch books tells the story of a boy who moves with his family to Pine Mountain, Colorado. As if moving to a new town wasn’t hard enough, he soon discovers ancient dark forces lurking right in his own backyard. “Accomplished screenwriter August artfully thrusts readers into a whole new world, right alongside Arlo . . readers won’t have to wait long to plunge back into the mysterious Long Woods.” –Booklist on Arlo Finch and the Valley of the Fire.
Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, John August earned a degree in journalism from Drake University and an MFA in film from USC. As a screenwriter, his credits include Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie. His books include Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire.
In addition to his film career, he hosts a popular weekly podcast, Scriptnotes, with Craig Mazin. He also created the Writer Emergency Pack, an educational storytelling tool that was distributed to over 2,000 classrooms in partnership with non-profit literacy groups like 826LA and NaNoWriMo. John and his family live in Los Angeles.