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EXIT 13: The World Strangely Bends Toward This Book

On a recent school visit, I parked in the lot and approached the main door from the side of the building. The first door I saw was this one — a promising & slightly spooky sign.
To be clear (and one must be very clear these days), the school administration did not erect the door or the sign for my arrival. They had other exits, other numbers; this was simply the first door I encountered, seconds after stepping out of my car. EXIT 13.
Clearly the world wants you to read this book, to go on this strange little journey with Willow & Ash. Doors figure large in Book 2: The Spaces In Between (Summer, 2023)
Thanks for checking it out, ages 8-12.

PODCAST: I Was the Special Guest on the “Get Lit” Podcast. Come Listen as We Talk About Books & Writing & Other Difficulties

Celebrating Children’s Literature with James Preller


Yes, as the headline states, I was the special guest on Stephanie Affinito’s book-centric “Get Lit” podcast. We recorded it last week and had a pretty wide-ranging conversation. If you happen to be interested in far, far too much Jimmy, stomp the link — scroll a tiny bit, and listen to us talk books, and Exit 13, and writing, along with various other topics. Thank you, Stephanie Affinito, for inviting me to celebrate children’s literature with you!

Pub Day for EXIT 13!

It’s pub day for EXIT 13: The Whispering Pines.

For the first time, I can finally say . . . in stores now. 

At least, theoretically in stores. There’s a lot of books out there. They come and go awfully fast. Many never make it to the shelves; most don’t last very long. If you want to help: Ask for EXIT 13 at your local, independent bookstore. Put it on their radar. 

My work is largely done. Now it’s up to the Fates. 

We know that the 2nd book in the series is coming this August. 

Beyond that, nobody knows. 

Thanks for your support.

Art by Kevin Keele.

Counting Down . . . to EXIT 13

I’m going to put this here.

Publication day: February 7, 2023. 

I hope young readers find EXIT 13 and love the books.

I hope there’s a 3rd book to write. So much story still to tell.



James Preller Reads from EXIT 13 — Share with Your Students!


Publication day: February 7th, 2023.

That’s soon!

And Cheap, too!

Only $7.99!

The Next Book, THE SPACE IN BETWEEN, comes out August, 2023!