by S.M. Morgan
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
My name is Teddy, and I’m in the 6th grade. It’s my first day at a different school, and so far, the only person I know is Zane, the school bully. I was just your everyday kid trying to stay off everyone’s radar, but when I met my new best friend, Bud Wiper, everything changed.
Bud is a 6th grade millionaire from 60 years ago.
Yep, that’s right, Bud Wiper is a treasure hunter from the 1940’s who left behind his journal full of life and adventure, and even though we’ve never met, I think he might be the only thing that gets me through the 6th grade alive.
The Lost Journals of Bud Wiper is a fantastic story of bravery and friendship, perfect for kids, middle school students, and adults.
Tell us about your main character.
Bud Wiper isn't your typical small-town New England kid growing up in the 1950s. Oh no! He actually comes from a long line of famous treasure hunters! Like the real dead treasure hunters! Think of a 13-year-old Rick O'Connell during the '50s, and you have Bud.
His birth certificate reads "D. Bud Wiper," a family name, of course(The "D" stands for Douglas), and unfortunately, with a name like that, school is brutal for this kiddo.
But for Bud's sake, he doesn't spend much time at school. See, most of the year, he travels with his Father and Mother on massive expeditions where they climb impossible mountain passes, unearth deadly ancient secrets, and, most importantly, rescue treasure from greedy grave robbers.
As I mentioned, Bud isn't like most; he lives an odd life full of hard lessons, adventure, and excitement doing the "family business."
Tell us three things we'd find if we looked under your hero's bed?
- A solved and discarded Vigenère cipher.
- A newspaper clipping of Cliff Cunningham's autobiography that gives clues as to where he stashed his most prized treasures(Out of frustration because he couldn't solve it, he tossed it out).
- History books, of course!
Tell us about a book that stayed with you long after you finished reading it.
Short-term: Spymaster by Brad Thor - I just finished it, and the next book is in the mail. So it is definitely on my mind.
Long-term: The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett - I loved the three main characters in this book. I read this book in one sitting and have re-read it many times.
Favorite genre and why?
Thriller and mystery to read and write. Something about foreshadowing and hidden meanings excites me. I also love reading fantasy but writing it... Brandon Sanderson already took the good ideas :).
Describe yourself in 5 words or less.
What makes you laugh out loud?
Potty humor always gets me.
What is your favorite comfort food?
Does quality loose-leaf green tea count? If not, then chicken curry.
Leo jumped out of his car and stood in front of Ramsey. “ This not good, mister. Not good. Tell
him, perdoon stary, do it now, or they will surely kill us.”
Give them the book Ramsey,” I said, motioning toward the guard. on his face and then repeated what Leo had told him to say, “Perdoon Stary.” It sounded—strange hearing it from Ramsey with his American accent.
The guards busted out laughing hysterically. Ramsey turned to Leo. “ What did you make me say? ”
“Old fart,” came a voice in a thick Russian accent.
I turned to see a man that looked like he was in charge step forward. He wore a large rounded bill military cap with a red band and golden emblem around the center. “ Nothing in Russia is private. Now give me the book.”
Enter the giveaway!
S.M. Morgan is the author of The Lost Journals of Bud Wiper — A Middle Grade Adventure. He
lives in East Texas with his wife, daughter, and son, and when not writing potty humor for kids,
he is trying to get alone to read more mystery adventure stories.
When the real world calls him to be social, he can be found canoeing with his family or trying to
convince his wife to watch action movies.
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