Michael Vey author Richard Paul Evans talks about the importance of writing 'smart' children's books

The electrifying fourth installment of Richard Paul Evan’s bestselling Michael Vey series, Michael Vey 4: Hunt for Jade Dragon, is now available! This time around, Michael and his friends must rescue a child prodigy, Jade Dragon, who is being held captive by the Elgen in their Taiwan Starxource plant. On radio this morning, Evan’s joined Glenn to discuss the new book and the importance of writing smart and exciting children’s books.

Hunt for Jade Dragon is part four of Evan’s seven-part series that has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Glenn has talked about how much he and his son Raphe love reading this series, but there was a chance it would never make it to bookshelves.

“When you first started writing them… your main publisher turned it down and said it was too smart for kids. They wanted you to dumb it down,” Glenn said. “And I said, ‘No, no. I was just praying about how do we do smart books for kids. Don't dumb it down.’”

Additionally, Evans faced backlash because the series featured a male protagonist.

“Isn't that strange,” Evans asked. “If you look at Hunger Games, Divergent, Twilight, Frozen – when was the last time Disney had a male hero? It's like, really? Our boys don't need role models? And what shocked me is Michael is a good kid. He loves his mom. He doesn't have that swagger. He's humble.”

“Our boys are under attack,” he continued. “They're dropping out of school. They've stopped reading. The best letter I get - and I get this every single day - is: ‘You got my son to read. I can't believe it. He put away the video game. He's reading the book.’”

Glenn and Raphe enjoy this series because it forces the reader to think. As Glenn explained, they will dog ear pages and look things up while they are reading, which makes for a fun, interactive, and educational experience.

“We'll look things up. We'll go, ‘That can't be true.’ But you do the research… Some of the things are based on reality,” Glenn explained. “Your stories have such depth… You have messages of history, of science, of geography. It's everything.”

“The book actually won Science Book of the Year nationally two years ago,” Evans added. “There are really important messages… I think the legacy is it's going to empower a generation of youth that they can do more than they are, to not accept the status quo.”

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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One of the most dangerous existential threats to the United States is Critical Race Theory, or CRT. As Glenn Beck has exposed over the past year, CRT is gaining momentum and has been preached in our universities for a while now.

Then last August, leaked documents revealed that Marxism, activist ideology of Black Lives Matter, is making its way into grade school classrooms across the country. And since then, things have only gotten more intense.

On next week's Wednesday night special, Glenn will expose the new ways progressives are systematically indoctrinating our kids and culture with this dangerous ideology. But first, it's crucial that you know what your kids may already be learning.

"What I'm about to show you is just the beginning," Glenn said, introducing the leaked documents.

"I found it shocking that Black Lives Matter supporters have developed lesson plans that start from preschool all the way up to the 12th grade," he continued. "Do you know the money it would take to tailor things ... and get it out to the schools and the unions for each age, to be able to brainwash the kids on Marxism and how to destroy capitalism by using race, sexual orientation, and gender?

"Our children don't stand a chance," Glenn added later. "They're not being taught anything except how to be radical activists. What the hell has happened?"

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