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April 15, 2015

THE MAD APPRENTICE --- Guest Post by Django Wexler


Reading books is great, and all, but what would you do if you could literally step into a book and meet the characters face to face, fly on their dragons and wander through their neighborhoods? Alice, the protagonist of Django Wexler’s book THE FORBIDDEN LIBRARY and its soon-to-be released sequel, THE MAD APPRENTICE, has this ability, but sometimes it’s a bit more dangerous than you’d imagine.

Kidsreads asked Django to tell us which character from his books he’d most like to spend the day with. See his answer below, and be sure to check out The Forbidden Library series!

What character from your book would you most like to spend a day with, and what would you do together?

Ooh, this could go two different ways for me.  On the one hand there's Alice, the protagonist.  I think she shares a lot of things with me, from when I was her age --- she's bookish, gets along better with adults than kids and is perhaps a touch too serious for her own good.  I feel like if we'd been in school together or something, we might be friends, although it would be the kind of friendship that involves a lot of sitting at either end of the same room, reading.

Once Alice finds out she's a Reader, with the power to activate magical books, then there would be all kinds of fun things we could do on a day off.  The Library is full of portals to other worlds, and while Alice spends a lot of her time in rather dangerous ones in THE FORBIDDEN LIBRARY and THE MAD APPRENTICE, there are probably a lot of pleasant places to visit.  Any world you can imagine, and probably a lot that you can't, is in there somewhere.

On the other hand, there's Ashes, who is a talking cat!  I feel like the wonderful thing about a talking cat is that I know exactly what one would be like, even having never met one.  Ashes is friendly but a little stuck-up, and hides his kindness under a layer of sarcasm.  He also panics easily, like all the real cats I've known.  Hanging out with him would be a lot of fun. For one thing, I could ask him questions about all the weird things cats do.  Plus, he could play with my cats!

More than anything else, though, I'd love to visit the Library itself.  It's a collection of books, including magical books, that literally goes on forever --- that is a place I could spend a day in, or two, or 100.  The fact that it's inhabited by all kinds of weird creatures is a bonus!

Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books.  When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts.