James Riley

12 Oct 2019
10:30 a.m.
Upstairs @ Kidfest

James Riley

James Riley is the New York Times best-selling author of the Half Upon a Time and Story Thieves series, as well as many unwritten books too numerous to count. He’s met thousands of imaginary people, most of whom are more polite than you’d think, but less interesting than you’d hope. He doesn’t believe fairy tales actually happened, mostly because he’s never had tiny elves do his work for him at night, despite them promising several times. James currently lives outside Washington, D.C., but it’s not like he’s special that way … so do a lot of other people.


Fort Fitzgerald is determined to uncover the truth, but a new student at school and the secrets he has to keep complicate matters in this second novel in a thrilling new series from the author of the New York Times best-selling Story Thieves!

Fort can’t stop having nightmares about the day his father was taken from him in an attack on Washington, D.C. In these dreams, an Old One, an evil beyond comprehension, demands the location of the last dragon. But other than some dragon skeletons dug up with the books of magic on Discovery Day, Fort has never seen a dragon before.

Could there still be one left alive? And weirdly, Fort’s not the only one at the Oppenheimer School having these nightmares. His new roommate, Gabriel, seems to know more than he’s letting on about this dragon as well. And why does everyone at the school seem to do whatever Gabriel says? What’s his secret?

Fort’s going to need the help of his friends Cyrus, Jia, and Rachel if he’s going to have any chance of keeping the Old Ones from returning to Earth. Unless the Old Ones offer something Fort could never turn down …

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