Visiting Author for Schools: James Riley

James Riley

James will be available October 9. He will be doing one morning visit and one afternoon visit. (Please indicate your date and time preferences.).

James Riley


James Riley lives in Virginia. He is the New York Times bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time, Story Thieves, and Revenge of Magic series.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Dragon Curse

Fort Fitzgerald is determined to uncover the truth, but a new student at school and the secrets he has to keep complicate matters in this second novel in a thrilling new series from the author of the New York Times bestselling Story Thieves!
Fort Fitzgerald can’t stop having nightmares about the day his father was taken from him in an attack on Washington, DC. In these dreams, an Old One, an evil beyond comprehension, demands the location of the last dragon. But other than some dragon skeletons dug up with the books of magic on Discovery Day, Fort has never seen a dragon before. Could there still be one left alive? And weirdly, Fort’s not the only one at the Oppenheimer School having these nightmares. His new roommate, Gabriel, seems to know more than he’s letting on about this dragon as well. And why does everyone at the school seem to do whatever Gabriel says? What’s his secret? Fort’s going to need the help of his friends Cyrus, Jia, and Rachel, if he’s going to have any chance of keeping the Old Ones from returning to Earth. Unless, the Old Ones offer something Fort could never turn down…

30 minutes

James Riley's presentation includes him talking about his new series, The Revenge of Magic, as well as his past books. He gives writing tips and leaves plenty of time for Q&A from the students, which can often help guide the presentation towards what the students are most interested in.

Elementary school. Grades 4-6.


Computer/laptopwith a place for a flash drive, projector, projector screen, microphone. James brings his presentation on a flash drive, but it will also be sent to the school in advance. Please have the presentation up and ready when he arrives and checks AV. A bottle of water.


Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees. 

Link to share with students and their families to order James's books: 

Please make sure anyone ordering online includes the name of your school in the Notes section of the order and if they'd like to pick up the book from you at the school. Please DO NOT give a book to someone who says they ordered online unless they have the printed confirmation. PLEASE KEEP THIS! You'll need to include these confirmations when returning the leftover books so you won't be charged for them! If they do ask you for a book without a confirmation, just email us the name of the student and parent's name and we can check. DEADLINE: Online orders with SCHOOL PICK UP will only be available for one week after the school visit. Orders placed after that time will need to be picked up at one of our locations, or shipped.


The Last Dragon (The Revenge of Magic #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534425729
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Aladdin - October 8th, 2019

The Revenge of Magic Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481485784
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Aladdin - February 4th, 2020

Story Thieves Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481409209
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Aladdin - December 15th, 2015

Half Upon a Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416995944
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Aladdin - September 13th, 2011