This is the time of year when my book about John Chapman does well. I just checked on him and am glad to report he’s doing just fine.
Yesterday the book, published in 2001 as a Step Into Reading story by Random House, ranked #18,290 in Books overall #26 in Children's Historical Biographies (Books) #54 in English as a Second Language Instruction #78 in Children's American History Customer Reviews: 4.7 out of 5 stars 254 ratings This morning the ratings have dipped a bit but hey, it's early yet for apple pickers. Back story about this one: I wrote it as a nonfiction book. At the last minute, my editor learned that another publisher was also bringing out a nonfiction edition of Appleseed. We added some dialogue, which technically turned it into fiction, and that saved the day. I don't know how many printings it's gone through but sales have reached 500,000 copies.