RUSH: Lookie here. It’s Open Line Friday, and we have a 9-year-old named Jaden from Conover, North Carolina. He’s nine years old, obviously calling to talk about Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. Jaden, how are you?
CALLER: I’m good.
RUSH: Nine years old. I’m happy to have you in the audience. I’m glad you’re out there and it’s great to have you call in. What’s up?
CALLER: Um, well, I called to talk about the book. I read it in about three hours.
RUSH: Three hours?
RUSH: Jaden, that’s incredible. It took me three days to do the audio version. Of course, I had to do some parts over again. You read this book in three hours?
RUSH: That’s incredible. Do you like it?
CALLER: Yeah, it was really good.
RUSH: Well, that’s cool. Nine years old. So none of it stumped you? You’re right there. We wrote it for the 10- to 13-year age group. You’re obviously a little advanced if you could do it in three hours. Have you always been able to read fast like that?
CALLER: Yeah. I love reading and history, so…
RUSH: That is great. That’s absolutely great. You’re way ahead of the game, caring about things like that at 9 years of age. So what did you learn that you didn’t know or that you found really interesting in this book?
CALLER: Um, that the Pilgrims went to another country from England, went from England to another country and then to America.
RUSH: That is very perceptive. That’s another thing a lot of people don’t know. A lot of adults actually think the Pilgrims set sail from Britain, and they didn’t. They had a stop in the interim and also had a second ship they were going to use that didn’t work out. Well, that’s great. Are you going to get the second book?
CALLER: Yeah, my dad’s going to preorder it soon.
RUSH: Well, that’s great. It comes out on March the 11th. If you liked the first one and you were able to read that in three hours, you are going to devour this one. I don’t mean to say that this is better. It’s just really good. If you liked the first one, this one is going to be just as good and maybe even better. The Boston Tea Party is the primary event that happens in this, but there are a lot of other fascinating things, and we introduce a character that tries to sabotage things for Rush Revere. One of the school kids tries to sabotage the rest.
RUSH: It’s really, really good. I can’t wait for you to see it, Jaden.
CALLER: Yeah. I can’t wait either.
RUSH: Well, March the 11th and you’ll have it, because your dad is a forward thinker and preordered it, which is great. Now, Jaden, I want you to hang on, because I want to send… Do you have the audio version? You probably don’t.
RUSH: Well, you do now. If you’ll hang on, Mr. Snerdley will get your address so we can send you the audio version so you can listen to it.
CALLER: Okay, thank you!
RUSH: You’ll hear me read it, and it’s a little different experience. The same words. It’s not abridged. It’s the same thing, word for word, just read by me. So don’t hang up. Mr. Snerdley will be right with you. In three hours, he read it. Nine years old and loved it. Do you realize what a testimonial that is for Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims? I can hear it in his voice. He can’t wait for the next book.
He wishes he had it right now. He wishes he could read it right now. Before he goes to bed tonight, he wishes he could read it, but he’s not going to get it until March 11th. Rush Revere and the First Patriots. He’s right: It’s available for preorder, at all the usual places, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iTunes. What am I leaving out? At any number of places you can order.