Mary G. Thompson
I’m really excited for the release of my second middle grade novel, Escape from the Pipe Men!, and to be able to share it with the St. John’s community. For me, knowing that my first book, Wuftoom, is in libraries is even more exciting than having it in bookstores, because when I was a kid, libraries were where I discovered books. Without libraries, my childhood would have been so much poorer, and I would never have become an author myself. As a kid I loved lots of different kinds of books, but I particularly loved sci-fi and fantasy adventure stories about kids like me. I wanted to imagine myself in the place of the main characters, having adventures, meeting weird and interesting people, and escaping from the mundane. So when I started writing books, I tried to write the kind of stuff I would have loved.
Escape from the Pipe Men! is about two kids who have grown up in an alien zoo and go on a space-travel adventure, complete with a cool gizmo, weird aliens, and action. While I was writing it, I wasn’t too happy with my day job, and the story helped transport me just like I hope it will transport readers. Now that I’m inside the library community and on my way to a career I’ll love, I may not need to be transported, but it will never stop being fun! Many thanks to all my new friends at St. John’s!