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I first read Into the Land of the Unicorn and Song of the Wanderer when I was in 5th grade. I was having a conversation with friends today about the most impactful books on our lives, and these two came to my mind immediately. They drove my interest in fantasy from that point on, and through a butterfly-effect have deeply influenced my life as an adult, even 20 years later (I still use a name from Song of the Wanderer as my username for everything online!). Imagine my surprise when I searched for the series online to find out that you've written three more books since then!! Can't wait to read them!
I love your book because it has dragons and a sense of adventure. I loved the part when hatched the dragon Tiamat and all the trouble they got into. This book inspired me to make a little a book about a dragon named Havoc leaving his cave for the first time in a world without dragons, and he meets a dragon that lives in the ocean. I want to read more of your books, but Jeremy Thatcher will always be my favorit.
Thank you so much for writing and continuing to write such excellent books. The empathy and sensitivity you have for children in all types of family situations shines through your work, and was especially comforting to me as a child of divorce when most protagonists of the books I read either had married parents or were orphans.
Ten years after first picking up your BOOK OF NIGHTMARES I'm still freaked out by "There's Nothing Under the Bed," a true testament to your craft (and probably the story most responsible for setting me down the path of the horror fan, moreso than any other children's horror). I also loved your unicorn stories---both the Chronicles and A Glory of Unicorns. Your adamant insistence on unicorns as creatures of innocence and freedom was unique in my experience---as a teen and even now as a post-adolescent reader the trend seems to be that pure, sincere appreciation of magical creatures is for dorks, and that cool kids only read about unicorns (or dragons, or aliens) that are dangerous and "edgy."
Perhaps that's just nostalgia talking. What I mean to say is, your works have impacted me deeply, and now as a twenty-one-year-old I still hold a special place in my heart for them. The people who manage to make it to your website and work up the courage to leave a note in the guest book are but a fraction of the number you have touched in an immensely positive way.
I hope you and yours are in good health, and thank you again for being such a light in the world.
I hadn't known that there was a fourth book and was very upset to see it was going for $100 on ebay. I'm SO excited that it's being re-released. I cannot wait to get to reading it with my son. We're just finishing up Dark Whispers, but I'm thinking of going back and reading Enter The Whisperer and Secret Of The Delvers.
I'm so thankful for this series and all the joy it brought me as a child and that it is now bringing my child!
Thank you for writing Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. We love your adventurous and magical tale. We enjoyed reading about how Jeremy finds Mr. Elive’s Magic Shop and raises Tiamat.
Here are some of our favorite parts:
We loved the part when Tiamat visits the dinner table. We roared with laughter when Mr. Thatcher dunked his head in the mashed potatoes. We also liked the part where Tiamat gives the art teacher, Mr. Kravitz, a hot foot. Hilarious!
Finally, it was so humorous when Mary Lou gave Jeremy the Love Letter of Doom, but very embarrassing for Jeremy.
Here are a few questions we have:
1. Why is Tiamat’s egg multicolored, but Tiamat isn’t?
2. Why did Tiamat choose Jeremy?
2. What happens to Jeremy after the book ends? Will Jeremy have the connection with Tiamat until he dies?
4. What other books of yours do you recommend we read next? We have read The Monster’s Ring and Jeremy Thatcher.
We would love it if you could please try to write another book with Jeremy Thatcher in it. How about a book where Jeremy Thatcher gets the ring and Russell Crannaker gets Tiamat? A swapping book? Or, what if Jeremy meets Russell?
Ms. Bachmuth’s Third Grade Class
The Monster’s Ring is an outstanding book! Our third grade class listened to your audio book. It was amazing how the actors acted out all the characters’ voices. Russell’s voice as a monster was perfect. The fact that this story is about Russel Crannaker and a dangerous ring inspired our class to write this letter to you. We loved many parts of this story. Here are some of our favorite parts:
1. When Russell was scaring all the children out of their pants at his school
2. Russell’s second twist of the ring where he grows fangs, horns, and fur
3. Russell’s adventure back home in his birthday suit
We have two questions for you:
Do Russell’s parents know that he turned into a beast with flames?
Will Russell ever use the ring again?
We would love to know if you could make a series of books for The Monster’s Ring. How about Jeremy Thatcher’s Ring?
You are a great author!
Your Third Grade Readers
Thank you for your presence in my life- I wish you so much happiness!
Love and admiration,