Book 5, Kid Re[porter on Today Show Book Club
Author Patrick Carman is:
a.) Very nice
b.) Very funny
c.) An awesome author
d.) Very tall
e.) All of the above
The answer is E: all of the above!
The featured book was Book 5 of The 39 Clues series, The Black Circle, by Mr. Carman. Different authors are writing the different books in the 10-book series.
Before we went on the air, I waited in the green room with five other members of “Al’s Kids.” We shared information on clues we thought we had cleverly discovered in the books.
“Did you notice this little M on the key?” I asked my fellow readers from the show.
“Yeah, and did you see some of the pages are numbered in an unusual way? Maybe that’s a clue!” we confided to each other. It was obvious we all enjoyed this book!
The band Honor Society was also on the Today Show that day. We all shared the green room with them. A green room is where guests on a show can relax and get a bite to eat or something to drink before they go on the air. (Note: it's not green.) I was impressed that Mr. Carman already knew all about the upcoming young pop band!
Secondly, I noticed that Mr. Carman is very funny and really nice. He gave each of us a book about Walla, Walla Washington, his home state. He had signed each book and added something else funny. In the book there is a photo of downtown Walla, Walla that looks like a typical city with tons of office buildings. On one window high up on a building in the center of the picture he had drawn a small circle. Mr. Carman wrote “me” next to the circled window. That is his office in down town Walla, Walla.
On the set for Al’s book club the kids all plopped down in beanbag chairs. Mr. Carman loved the chairs and laughed at seeing us all squirming around in them in anticipation for the show to start. I think he enjoys being around kids. He also thought the Russian hats we wore in celebration of the book, which is set in Russia, were pretty cool.
After the show I wanted to ask Mr. Carman a couple of questions. We walked into the lobby of 30 Rockefeller Center to talk. It was so noisy with so many people walking and talking around us that for a minute I forgot my question.
“That’s OK,” he said. “I forgot the answer.”
After I stopped laughing I remembered what I wanted to ask: what was the first book he’d ever written and when did he write it.
His first book was The Dark Hills Divide, the first in the Land of Elyon series. Scholastic published the series about seven years ago. The series is based on bed time stories Mr. Carmen told his daughters every night at bedtime. Lucky kids!
Mr. Carman is working on a top-secret story now. All he would tell me is that it takes place in New York City.
Mr. Carman is really fun to be around. His wife, who was also super nice, told me he’s really just a big kid. Maybe that’s why all of us on the show liked being around him. Hey, Mr. Roker, how a beanbag chair for Mr. Carman next time?
PHOTO: (TOP) Three of the six young readers on Al Rocker's Book Club for Kids who appeared—wearing Russian Hats—with Danielle Azzolina (right) on the NBC Today Show September 25. (BOTTOM) Danielle Azzolina sees eye-to-eye with author Patrick Carman. (Photos Courtesy SKPC)