John Claude Bemis


An inspiring speaker and entertaining performer, John Claude Bemis received the Excellence in Teaching Award from UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Education and served as the 2013 Piedmont Laureate for Children’s Literature. The first novel in his Clockwork Dark trilogy, The Nine Pound Hammer, was selected as a New York Public Library Best Children’s Book for Reading and Sharing, and has been a NC Battle of the Books selection. His trilogy continues with The Wolf Tree and The White City and has been described as “original and fresh” and “a unique way of creating fantasy.” The Prince Who Fell from the Sky, was an Amazon Editor’s Pick for Best Book for Summer Reading. John also authored the picture book Flora and the Runaway Rooster, which he wrote for Heifer International and his latest novel, Out of a Baton, The Wooden Prince. A musician and teacher, John lives with his wife and daughter in Hillsborough, NC.

Coming in 2017

"Young readers will find this reimagined adventure an exhilarating and insightful journey."—Kirkus Reviews

"Pinocchio gets a new look in this curious, complex novel of betrayal, rebellion, and loyalty. . .the world-building is impressive, and the captivating setting will likely attract fantasy, steampunk, and adventure fans alike."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Flying lions, fiery salamanders, chimera, sylphs, gnomes, men with wings, and an enormous sea monster all play roles in this fantastical retelling of Pinocchio."—School Library Journal


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