John Choquette is a Raleigh native and the author of “Burlwood Forest,” a middle grade fantasy trilogy.
Recommended read: “Return to the Hundred Acre Wood” by David Benedictus. Winnie the Pooh has always been one of my favorite storybook characters. He’s so relatable, and I think the world can learn a lot from his determination and sense of wonder.
Currently reading: “The Blue Umbrella” by Mike Mason.
What is your favorite reading memory? In the fifth grade, my teacher, Mrs. Harper, started reading us a relatively unknown book at the time about Harry Potter. That same week, I received a package in the mail from my uncle containing the first few books in the series. Magic, or coincidence? You decide.
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What is your favorite book that nobody’s heard of? “The Accidental Hero” by Matt Myklusch. I discovered the series a few years ago when the first book was still called “Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation.” It’s a big adventure about robots, superheroes and friendship. You know, all the best things to write about!
Where do you go for book recommendations? I’m a big believer in bookstores. Sometimes, I’ll browse on Goodreads to see what’s new, but most of the time, I find books in person. It’s more fun that way.
Return to the Hundred Acre Wood
Dutton Books for Young Readers, 216 pages