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James Preller

James Preller is best known as the author of the “Jigsaw Jones” mystery series, now back in print and published by Macmillan. There’s a brand-new, never-before-published title, The Case from Outer Space, plus eight classroom classics, revised and newly available for the first time in years. His wide-range of books are appropriate for readers K-8 and include: The Pirates Guide to First Grade, the popular “Scary Tales” series, The Courage Test, Six Innings, Better Off Undead (October 2017, hardcover), Bystander and more.

When asked to describe his school visits, James says, “I am relaxed and confident speaking with students at any grade level, though, of course, the content of those talks varies according to age level. Fortunately, I’ve written a range of books that are appropriate for kindergarten up to middle school. Typically, I’ll do three 45-50 minutes presentations during a full-day visit. In addition, schools sometimes like to set up lunches with a small group of students, and I’ve always enjoyed that. I am happy and honored to sign books. For the best results, I’ve found that it makes a huge difference when students are familiar with my work and have thought about questions in advance. Like everything else in life, what you get out of it is in proportion to the energy that’s put into it. If the school leaders are excited and enthusiastic, that energy transfers to the students –- and we all have a terrific, rewarding experience. I don’t juggle, blow bubbles, or put on slide shows. I’m just an author talking about what I do for a living, reading a bit, answering questions, all (hopefully) in an entertaining fashion.”

James Preller lives in Delmar, New York. He blogs regularly at

Grade Levels: Grades 3-5 , Grades K-2
Genres: Fiction