Three Times A Charm with Kevin A. Springer

Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love to introduce readers to people involved in children’s publishing. Today we have middle grade author, Kevin A. Springer to share his debut book with us. Kevin, please tell us about your book.

A little about Extraordinary Sam

In EXTRAORDINARY SAM, Sam Miller seems like an ordinary 12 year-old boy, but the discovery of a mysterious box from his missing grandfather changes his life forever. He soon finds himself in a strange world full of adventure and magic where he must battle pirates, giant spiders, and an evil tyrant. To survive, Sam must overcome his fears, solve the riddles, and most of all, be extraordinary.

If you like Extraordinary Sam, you might also like:

The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

Now it's time for the three’s. Give us your top three answers to the following questions so we might get to know you.

Top 3 books you recommend reading and why you recommend them.

1) Christopher Healy’s Hero’s Guide series. The tale of the four Prince Charmings is a clever, laugh out loud funny adventure

2) Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan. I couldn’t put down this touching tale of Ivan the Mall Gorilla. The story does a magnificent job of portraying the thoughts and emotions of a gorilla who spent 27 years behind glass in a mall. I read this book three times and cried each time.

3) Leisl Shurtliff’s Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin. This twist on the classic fairy tale reveals the truth about who this classic character really was. The curtain gets pulled away and we get to know Rump as a kind, yet flawed boy, trying to discover his true name and change his destiny.  

Top 3 tools of the trade you couldn’t live without.

1) Thesuarus - for when that perfect word escapes/eludes me

2) YouTube – watching videos of movement helps me write action sequences.

3) Starbucks – less about the coffee and more about the atmosphere of their cafes. 80% of my writing happens there.

Top 3 things you learned about the business after becoming a writer.

1) You are going to hear no before you find your yes.

2) Critique groups are invaluable

3) Social media is vital

More about Kevin A. Springer

I grew up on a farm in Maryland where I spent a lot of time running around with my dog, playing in the woods and letting my imagination roam free. Being a father of two young boys has let me reconnect with that creativity.

I am a self-proclaimed dreamer and a kid at heart. When I’m not writing or reading, I am coaching soccer or helping with homework. I live outside of Atlanta with my wife, two extraordinary boys, and dogs. I am also a co-founder of the Middle Grade Mafia blog.

Twitter - @kevinaspringer

Middle Grade Mafia

Thanks for joining us on this week’s Three Times A Charm, Kevin. Best of luck to you and Extraordinary Sam.

GUESTS WELCOME!  I’m always looking for guests for Three Times A Charm. If you are an author, illustrator or book reviewer, an agent or an editor. If you have something related to children’s publishing that you’d like people to know about, feel free to contact me about a future appearance.


  1. Thank you for having me on Three Times a Charm. It was a lot of fun!!

    1. My pleasure. Thanks for visiting Strands of Thought again. Good luck with Extraordinary Sam!


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