J.E. Thompson


Born in the Midwest and a once-upon-a-time investment banker, J.E. Thompson found his true calling writing novels for Middle Grade readers. He is the author of several award-winning books: The Girl From Felony Bay, Disappearance at Hangman’s Bluff, and most recently, Buccaneer’s Spit: A Race For the Treasure. He loves to visit schools and talk to students about reading, writing, and the importance of developing their creativity.






1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
In Front of the State Library, Children’s Author Tent 1
Book Talk
Buccaneer’s Spit: A Race for the Treasure

2:15 pm to 3:00 pm
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Buccaneer's Spit: A Race for the Treasure

In this middle-reader mystery, twelve-year-old Callie's parents send her to South Carolina alone for a spring break visit with her grandfather. Joined by a rambunctious Jack Russell Terrier and a friend with a secret of his own, she's set on revealing what the adults in her life are keeping from her. This STEM focused coming-of-age story features a girl/boy dynamic with a bit of pirate mystery and ecological danger thrown in. The adventure includes a prominent secondary character with dyslexia and is set in OpenDyslexic typeface. Perfect for high-low or reluctant readers and fans of The Goonies!


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