Reading Pays – Pass it On! with Neil Swaab

Meet author Neil Swaab on October 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Avenue.

Neil Swaab’s illustrated novel, The Secrets to Ruling School (Without Even Trying), has been chosen as St. Louis Public Library’s Fall 2016 Reading Pays—Pass It On! title.

With Max Corrigan, wheeler-dealer and middle school life coach, as your guide succeeding in school is sure to be a breeze. All Max needs is one week to transform your school experience from agony to ease: Win over every clique, from the Jocks to the Band Geeks! Ace every test! Destroy your enemies with the power of your mind! Middle school might be the worst place in the world, but Max is ready to help–maybe.

The Secrets to Ruling School: Class Election, the sequel to The Secrets to Ruling School (Without Even Trying) was published in September, just in time for election season.

Neil Swaab is a freelance illustrator, art director and cartoonist. In addition to writing and illustrating books for kids, he is an adjunct professor in the Illustration Department of Parsons New School for Design in New York.

Kids in Grades 3-6 can get a free copy of The Secrets to Ruling School (Without Even Trying) at any St. Louis Public Library location, while supplies last.

Remember, Reading Pays—Pass It On! Read the book, then share it with a friend. Post comments about The Secrets to Ruling School (Without Even Trying) at

Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.