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Award-Winning Author, Screenwriter and Former Improv Comedian Chris Grabenstein Commits Tween Caper to Paper

April 4, 2012

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y., April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — When former improvisational comedian and screenwriter turned award-winning mystery author Chris Grabenstein writes a kid’s book, he delivers page-turning plot twists, pitch-perfect dialogue, and one-liners that pepper the text like exploding firecrackers. Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers (HarperCollins, April), the first book in a hilarious new action-adventure series, is a classic crime caper, a funny, fast-paced mystery/comedy with lovable characters, non-stop action–and a barnful of dogs.

Seventh-grade mastermind Riley Mack and his best buds always come to the rescue when family or friends are in trouble, even if it takes some high-octane subterfuge and fifty pounds of dog food. Kids ages 8-12 will root for Riley and his “Gnat Pack”: tech-savvy Jake, dramatic Brianna, big-guy Mongo, and brainy Jamal. They’ll hiss for the bad guys, too–the bully Gavin Brown; his father, Fairview’s crooked police chief; his conniving grandmother, who runs a filthy puppy mill; and Fairview’s gambling-addicted bank manager, who tries to frame Riley’s mom. Throw in one stolen goldendoodle, two bumbling bank robbers, and plenty of duct tape, and the action never flags.

Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers will have readers snorting soda out their noses, proving once again that Grabenstein is a master at concocting irresistible stories for middle-grade readers.

Chris Grabenstein, www.chrisgrabenstein.com is an award-winning author of books for children and adults, a playwright, screenwriter, and former advertising executive and improvisational comedian. Winner of both the Anthony and Agatha Awards, his ghost story, “The Demon in the Dunes,” appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Death’s Excellent Vacation, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner. A former writer for Jim Henson’s Muppets and past president of the New York Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, Grabenstein co-wrote the screenplay for the CBS-TV movie, The Christmas Gift, starring John Denver. He lives in New York City with his wife, two cats, and a rescue dog named Fred, who starred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Broadway and inspired Riley Mack.

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