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James Riley

Biography

James Riley

James Riley is the author of the Half Upon a Time series, as well as many books too unwritten to count. He's met thousands of imaginary people, most of whom are more polite than you'd think, but less interesting than you'd hope. He doesn't believe fairy tales actually happened, mostly because he's never had tiny elves do his work for him at night, despite them promising several times.
 
James currently lives in Los Angeles, but it's not like he's special that way...so do a lot of other people.

James Riley

Books by James Riley

by James Riley - Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship
Bethany and Owen have failed. The villain they have come to know as Nobody has ripped asunder the fictional and nonfictional worlds, destroying their connection. Bethany has been split in two, with her fictional and nonfictional selves living in the separate realms. But weirdly, no one seems to mind. Owen --- and every other nonfictional person --- have lost their imaginations, so they can’t picture their lives any differently. Then Owen gets trapped in a dark, dystopian reality five years in the future, where nothing is needed more desperately than the power to imagine. 
by James Riley - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Youth Fiction

Thirteen years ago, books of magic were discovered in various sites around the world alongside the bones of dragons. Only those born after “Discovery Day” have the power to use the magic. Now, on a vacation to Washington, DC, Fort’s father is lost when a giant creature bursts through the earth, attacking the city. Six months later, when a man named Dr. Opps invites Fort to the Oppenheimer School to learn magic from those same books. f Fort doesn’t find out what’s hiding within the Oppenheimer School, more attacks will come, and this time, nothing will stop them!

by James Riley - Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship

Being able to jump into books used to seem like the greatest thing in the world to Owen. But now Owen’s trapped in a time travel book where readers --- that would be you --- decide how the story goes. As if that weren’t enough, Owen’s also stuck in a prison for time criminals in a prehistoric era. And he has to find a way out to save his friend Bethany, who’s still in grave danger. Because unless Owen can stop him, Nobody is going to split Bethany into two, separating the fictional and non-fictional worlds forever. Will Owen be able to convince you, the reader, to help him find his way back to Bethany?

by James Riley - Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship

Owen and Bethany have sworn off jumping into books for good. But they didn’t make any promises about not jumping through strange portals that lead to a comic book world. Jupiter City was once filled with brightly costumed superheroes and villains, but nowadays, there’s nothing left but the Dark. Even the villains are terrified of the Dark’s shadows, and most of the heroes have either disappeared or been lost to mind control. The one hero who might have stopped all of this, Doc Twilight, has been imprisoned by the Dark.

by James Riley - Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Magic

Owen Conners would never jump into a mystery. There are too many hidden clues, twists that make no sense and an ending you never see coming. Mysteries are just not Owen’s thing. So how exactly did he end up in one with his memory erased? How did Kiel Gnomenfoot, boy magician, lose all of his magic? Who’s the annoying guy wearing the question mark mask and Sherlock Holmes hat, taunting Owen and Kiel that Bethany is in grave danger? Bethany is trapped in a hidden room that’s slowly filling with water, and she can’t escape until her friends find her. But is she imprisoned by more than just chains and a locked door?

by James Riley - Fantasy
Life is boring when you live in the real world, instead of starring in your own book series. Owen knows that better than anyone, what with the real world’s homework and chores. But everything changes the day Owen sees the impossible happen---his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the library. It turns out Bethany’s half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character. Bethany can’t let anyone else learn her secret, so Owen makes her a deal: All she has to do is take him into a book in Owen’s favorite Kiel Gnomenfoot series, and he’ll never say a word. Besides, visiting the book might help Bethany find her father…Or it might just destroy the Kiel Gnomenfoot series, reveal Bethany’s secret to the entire world, and force Owen to live out Kiel Gnomenfoot’s final (very final) adventure.
by James Riley - Children's, Fantasy, Fiction
Jack and May have gone their separate ways, and each is now set on course to fulfill their destiny…or are they? Nothing is quite as it seems in the world of fairy tales, and the two friends are in for some surprises as they prepare to battle the Wicked Queen. Knights, fairy godmothers, giants, and beanstalks—all come together thrilling and hilarious conclusion to the Half Upon a Time trilogy!