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“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark.”

~ Kate DiCamillo


Raymond Arroyo


To celebrate the March 7th release of WILL WILDER 2: THE LOST STAFF OF WONDERS, we are giving away an all expense paid trip to the Walt Disney World Resort to one adventurous family!  To register for THE WILDER ADVENTURE SWEEPSTAKES go to  No purchase is necessary, but your trip will be double the fun with the latest Will Wilder adventure in your carry on.  

The Lost Staff of Wonders hits bookstores everywhere on March 7th.  You can order it HERE.  This is a story you and your family will love.   

When the storied Staff of Moses—responsible for summoning the plagues of ancient Egypt—vanishes from the museum in Perilous Falls, Will Wilder is suspect number one. Desperate to prove his innocence and stop the thief from unleashing terrors upon the town of Perilous Falls, Will must use his supernatural gift to locate the beast—but it’s nowhere to be found. 

As the river runs with blood, sharp-toothed frogs surround his home, and clouds of swarming gnats choke the streets, Will must rely on his supernatural ability, everything he learned from his training, and help from his friends, siblings, and Great-Aunt Lucille to find the missing staff and unmask the hidden evil before time runs out for all of them.

 “Open the cover, fasten your seat belt, and get ready for a rip-roaring ride!” —Ridley Pearson, author of the New York Times bestselling series Kingdom Keepers

“This new Will Wilder tale will have readers itching for adventures of their own.” —N. D. Wilson, author of the acclaimed 100 Cupboards series 

" Will is undisciplined, impatient, and erratic, but he is also loyal to his friends and family and ultimately determined to do the right thing.  In essence, he is the perfectly flawed hero... (The book boasts) a multilayered plot, unusual supernatural elements, and intriguing mystery… Surprising spiritual depth with a hearty helping of monsters and miracles." —Kirkus Reviews

Will Wilder and St. Stephen's School

To give you a sense of the impact of the Will Wilder series on reluctant readers, and kids in at risk communities, we went to New Orleans and spoke to students at St. Stephen's School and their principal. What we discovered was shocking and so moving. Watch this:



So excited to finally share Will Wilder’s fun, hilarious adventures with you. You can get your copy now, right HERE. And be sure to watch the new trailer…your kids (and the kid in all of you) will love this. Be sure to come see me on the Will Wilder book tour. All the tour info is below. Can’t wait to see you… Let the adventure begin!!


Arroyo, Raymond (Author) , Caparo, Antonio Javier (Illustrator) Mar 2016. 336 p. Crown, hardcover, $16.99. (9780553539592). Crown, library edition, $19.99. (9780553539608).

After an incident involving a homemade catapult and a donkey ride gone bad leaves Will’s brother with a broken arm, their family trip to Florida is canceled. In an attempt to fix everything, Will hatches another harebrained scheme and sets out to steal an ancient relic—a bone of Saint Thomas that has healing powers.

However, Will’s theft unleashes demons on his town of Perilous Falls, thus fulfilling an ancient prophecy and revealing his own destiny. With the help of the Brethren, led by Will’s aunt Lucille, Will learns he is the one who must lead the Brethren to defeat the evil forces rising in Perilous Falls. A likable cast of characters, plenty of suspense, and battles between good and evil fill this exciting tale. With shades of Indiana Jones and Percy Jackson, Will Wilder’s antics are sure to appeal to middle-grade readers looking for the next great adventure.Sarah Bean Thompson

Will Wilder Book Description kermancover

Will Wilder is a mischievous, headstrong twelve-year-old with an otherworldly gift—he alone can see the nefarious creatures encroaching on Perilous Falls. For nearly a century, a sacred relic has protected his hometown from the raging waters surrounding it. But when Will “borrows” the relic for his own purposes, he accidentally unleashes an ancient evil.

As boats sink and hideous creatures crawl from the rising waters, Will must set things right before it is too late. With the help of his sweet (if lethal) Great Aunt Lucille, the curator of a museum of powerful artifacts, Will proves that the actions of one twelve-year-old boy can change the world.

Fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Peter Lerangis’s Seven Wonders series will embrace this first epic adventure in a rollicking new series by this New York Times bestselling author.

Praise for Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls

“Suspense, adventure, humor, a compelling story, and characters that fired my imagination. Great fun and great frights.”
—Dean Koontz
, #1 New York Times bestselling author “

Will Wilder is a brand-new, refreshing, entertaining, intrepid young hero who magically combines humor and genuine suspense. And I love Great Aunt Lucille!”
Mary Higgins Clark, New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense”

“Laugh-out-loud humor, palpitation-inducing suspense, and cliffhangers galore await readers young and old. Who knew the battle between good and evil could be so much fun?” —William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist

“Monsters! Prophecies! Ancient relics! This is a wildly inventive book, and Will Wilder is just the kind of hero you want when the small town of Perilous Falls turns out to be the most important place in the universe.”
Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of Millions and Cosmic

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