Greetings from Witness Protection!

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In Conversation with Jake Burt, author of Greetings from witness Protection

Hey RWYK family! In this episode of Reading with Your Kids Podcast, we’re honoured to connect with Jake Burt, author of middle grade fiction Greetings from Witness protection! and a 5th grade teacher. We’re excited to have this opportunity to sit down with Jake and take an inside look of his novel, characters, and thoughts about the story.

Greetings from Witness protection! is a great book that describes loneliness, acceptance, and what it’s like to deal with being a teenager and dealing with family life. The main character is a 13 year old girl Nicki and she is special – smart, endearing and strong. Tune in to learn more about Jake’s writing,  His life experiences as a 5th grade teacher, What inspired his book, Writing for middle grade kids, his upcoming book and much more. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did recording it!


Get to know more about Jake Burt

Jake Burt loves writing so much that when he’s not doing it, he’s teaching it…to fifth graders in Connecticut.

And yeah, he teaches other stuff, too, like math and social studies and ecology, but writing is his favorite subject. In fact, if you thought of Jake as a one-dimensional guy who ate, breathed, and dreamed stories, he’d be fine with that.

His biggest literary influences are probably people like Mark Twain, Judy Blume, E.B. White, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Sir Thomas Malory. That last guy was an Englishman who, while locked up in prison, wrote a massive collection of stories about King Arthur and his buddies. You may not think it’s possible to sneak a bunch of references to the Knights of the Round Table into books about Witness Protection or Twitter, but darnit, Jake tries.


More about Greetings from Witness Protection!

Nicki Demere is an orphan and a pickpocket. She also happens to be the U.S. Marshals’ best bet to keep a family alive. . . .

The marshals are looking for the perfect girl to join a mother, father, and son on the run from the nation’s most notorious criminals. After all, the bad guys are searching for a family with one kid, not two, and adding a streetwise girl who knows a little something about hiding things may be just what the marshals need.

Nicki swears she can keep the Trevor family safe, but to do so she’ll have to dodge hitmen, cyberbullies, and the specter of standardized testing, all while maintaining her marshal-mandated B-minus average. As she barely balances the responsibilities of her new identity, Nicki learns that the biggest threats to her family’s security might not lurk on the road from New York to North Carolina, but rather in her own past.


In this episode, we discuss

  • How did Jake come up with the idea for Greetings From Witness Protection?
  • What made him to decide on featuring a girl as the main character?
  • How can Greetings from Witness protection help other children that are experiencing similar situations to what Nicki, the main character went through?
  • What kinds of conversation families can have after reading Greetings from Witness protection
  • An exclusive sneak peek into Jake’s new book and some interesting facts about his writing. Happy listening!


So, there you have it. We’re sure you’ve enjoyed learning about Jake’s writing journey from him as much as we did! If you’ve enjoyed this episode then please rate and review our show in iTunes and share it by clicking the social media buttons at the bottom of this page!

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Thanks for tuning in and have a wonderful day!


Finally, where can we find Jake Burt on the internet?

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