The Readers and Writers Paradise Podcast Episode 11

by Daniel Johnston on February 28, 2015 · 0 comments

Hi everyone, thanks so much for your support of Kid Writers Magazine Edition #2! It’s great to see the magazine getting into the hands of readers.

Today I’m releasing another episode of the podcast, which is something I know I haven’t done in awhile. My plan is to come out with a lot more in the future, so you can look forward to that. People have told me the podcast is their favorite thing about the site, and I enjoy doing it, too.

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Episode 11 is basically a discussion of different books that I’ve been reading lately. In the future it’ll be really cool to invite different people onto the podcast and have a discussion of books with them, so that’s something I plan on doing.

By the way, Erik and Felicia have been doing something called The Write Chat where they interview writers, and it’s really hilarious and well done. Both of them are published authors themselves, and they put all their humor into their episodes! So definitely check that out.

I hope you enjoy this episode and let me know what you think as well as of my comments about the books. I apologize for the background noise, I just ordered a new microphone so in the future that will be gone!



Kid Writers Magazine Edition #2 Is Out!

by Daniel Johnston on February 16, 2015 · 3 comments

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Hi everyone! Thanks for you all being great and helping me through with the launch of Kid Writers Magazine, the only writing magazine in the world managed by kids, for kids. As you may know, it’s a place where kids can learn about writing and get published.

I’m proud to announce that the second edition of the magazine is out today! This edition is jam-packed with even more awesome content that first one. We’ve had tons of submissions from kid writers throughout the country, and I’ve worked with many of them to get them published in this edition.

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We’ve got our usual seven stories, the cover story being The Superfly Scavengers, a tale written by me where a kid finds a secret message on an old record player and tries to track a treasure down only to have to steal it by from a dishonest relative. Sounds pretty crazy, huh? 

Some other great ones are The Treehouse Tussle by Nancy Burton, where a kid has new neighbors who try to get the property line redrawn to remove his treehouse, and the second part of The Treasure Chest Trackers by Lisa Fitzgerald, continuing from the first edition where two kids have found a hundred year-old treasure and now have to travel across the country to get it.

Perhaps my favorite story in this edition is Jack and Mary’s Spy Club: Mission 2: The Crooked Classroom Cheaters. In this mission Jack and Mary’s class is taking state tests, but when some students seem to be cheating and inflating their scores at the expense of other kids, it’s up to Jack and Mary to stop them. We’ve also got a mini-book coming out for the JMSC where they track down a writer who apparently doesn’t exist, so stayed tuned for that.

We’re also lucky enough to have an interview with Linda Sue Park, author of some books in The 39 Clues, the Newbery Medal winning A Single Shard, and A Long Walk to Water. Ms. Park lives just minutes from my house and she kindly agreed to an interview at the local Rochester Book Festival. You can hear more of those interviews here.

To make this magazine even better, I’m releasing a mini-book in conjunction with it as a free gift to the first thirty people who order. It’s a hilarious tale called The Wrecking Ball Employee where a kid attempts to get a job but is more successful in things like getting eaten by a girl who thinks he’s a hot dog and being accused of poisoning by a government agent. After the first thirty buyers it’ll be coming out as a separate book you can purchase, but you can get it as a bonus now (you might want to hurry because I’ll have some more publicity for this later in the week but I wanted to make sure my loyal blog readers got the first go).

I’ve got tons more exciting projects in the works as we speak, so be ready. Head on over to and get the magazine and let me know what you think! You can also check out a preview of the magazine here. We’re always accepting new submissions from kids so adults make sure they all know about it and kids get busy! 


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When a children’s book was praised by none other than sitting US President Theodore Roosevelt, that tells you two things: 1. The book is old. 2. The book is good enough for a President to spend his time reading it, so its got a good chance of being pretty good. The Wind in the Willows […]

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Double Identity is a science fiction book written by Margaret Peterson Haddix that has the twists and turns typical in a Haddix story. The book has some good things and some bad things, but is anything is for sure it’s that you’re not going to get bored reading anything by this author. Summary The book […]

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Masterminds Book 1 by Gordon Korman Review

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I’ve been super excited for the release of Gordon Korman’s new book Masterminds. Actually, it’s the first book in a trilogy, and it’s one of Korman’s action series. Like almost everything he writes, it’s very well done and captures the reader all the way through. Summary The book starts innocuously enough in Serenity, a very small […]

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Seeing by Joseph Falank Review

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Seeing by Joseph Falank is a novel about a kid named Jake who has a couple different tragedies happen to him. The book navigates us through it with Jake as he battles with it himself. I heard of the book on strong recommendations and so I reached out to the publisher, Winter Goose Publishing, for a […]

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Unleashed by Gordon Korman Review

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Gordon Korman’s Swindle Series has been going on for quite a long time, and now the seventh book of the series has been released: Unleashed, in which Griffin Bing’s (aka The Man with The Plan) school is going an invention contest, and he’s competing against Darren Vader. There is thievery, breaking into government buildings, and knocking off the […]

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A Very Short Story by Ernest Hemingway Audio and Analysis

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A Very Short Story by Ernest Heminway is just that, a short tale of a man and a woman (Luz) who are madly in love and consider themselves to be married, but whose relationship falls apart in the end after Luz finds another man when her lover is away in America. The story is very […]

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On the Run Series by Gordon Korman

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Imagine if one day, in school, your house just happens to be on CNN. And FBI officers just happen to be raiding it, taking your parents away in handcuffs. Imagine if, before you know it, people all across the country are decrying them as the worst traitors imaginable. That’s what happens to Aiden and Meg […]

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