Author Chat With Jess McGeachin (The Lost Library) – US Only!

Today we are very excited to share an interview with author Jess McGeachin (The Lost Library)!

Read on to learn more about him, his book, and a giveaway!




Meet the Author: Jess McGeachin

Jess McGeachin (he/him) is a writer, illustrator, and designer based in Melbourne. He loves telling stories about hidden worlds just outside our own, and hiding clues in them for small eyes to find. Drawing on a love of natural history (and a day job at Melbourne Museum), Jess hopes that his stories inspire readers to explore both real and imaginary places and meet the characters that live in them.





About the Book: The Lost Library

A magical tale of friendship, the joy of reading, and the power of the imagination!

When Oliver finds a lost library book fluttering behind a secret door in his bedroom, he knows he must return it. But when he does, a mysterious world opens up beneath his feet, taking Oliver, his new friend Rosie, and the book in tow. What–or who–will they find waiting in this strange new place? And how will they escape?

A beautiful, lyrical take on the imaginative power of books and the transformative power of friendship.

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~Author Chat~


YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

When I was growing up, I loved visiting the local library. It was somewhere that I could visit and find doorways to different worlds. It’s this feeling that inspired The Lost Library, and I hope it reminds readers of just how special their library (and librarians) are.


YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?

I like both of the main characters, Rosie and Oliver, for different reasons. Rosie has courage in any situation and Oliver is a loyal friend – both characteristics I admire.


YABC: What can readers expect to find in your books?

Hidden worlds, a little bit of magic and a lot of adventure.


YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?

Never give up! Sometimes the words and pictures come all at once and sometimes they take years, but if you keep an eye out they’ll always come in the end.


YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?

There’s a bookshelf dragon hidden on every page of the book, and one on the cover too. Be careful – they don’t like being woken up!


YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2023?

Can I name two of my own? I’ve got a non-fiction book all about High places coming out as well as a book about Business chickens.


YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?

I just finished Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake and Jon Klassen which I loved.


YABC: What’s up next for you?

Lots! I’m working on a series of non-fiction picture books, a few more fiction stories and hopefully a trip to Antarctica.


YABC: What’s your least favorite word?



YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

The Bookshelf Dragon in The Lost Library gave me lots of trouble – mainly because it would never stay still and kept singeing the edges of my drawing paper.


YABC: What is the main message or lesson you would like your reader to remember from this book?

There’s almost always a good book that can help get you out of a sticky situation, and if you can’t find one of those a good friend is excellent too.


YABC: What would you say is your superpower?

I can almost always pick the perfect Avocado.


YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

I’m passionate about the environment so any organization that works to protect nature is inspirational to me


YABC: What do you do when you procrastinate?

I try to procrastinate by reading but I do quite like napping too!


YABC: Is there anything that you would like to add?

Just a quick thank you to all of the libraries and librarians that have gone to such extraordinary lengths over the last few years to keep us reading and enjoying stories. It means the world.




Author: Jess McGeachin

Illustrator: Jess McGeachin

Release Date: 11/08/2022

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers; Viking Books for Young Readers

ISBN-10: 0593351339

ISBN-13: 9780593351338

Genre: Picture book – Imagination and Friendship

Age Range: 4-8 years




~ Giveaway Details ~

One (1) winner will receive a copy of The Lost Library (Jess McGeachin)! ~US ONLY


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3 thoughts on “Author Chat With Jess McGeachin (The Lost Library) – US Only!”

  1. kimzoby says:

    I love all things library especially stories written about a library. Cant wait to read with the grandkids.

  2. I love this cover and you had me at “library” as my library is one of my favorite places.

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