“Peter Tulliver and the City of Monsters” by de laVega, J

 Join us as J de LaVega Torres talk to us about her debut novel “Peter Tulliver and the City of Monsters”

 Join us as J de LaVega Torres talk to us about her debut novel "Peter Tulliver and the City of Monsters"

Welcome to Reading with Your Kids Podcast where we introduce you to the most amazing children’s, middle grade and young adult authors from various genres from around the globe. Stay tuned and you never know you might meet your new favorite author today!

Today, our guest is de laVega, J, a debut middle-grade author, artist and mom. She is the debut author of a delightful middle-grade book Peter Tulliver and the City of Monsters, a touching story of a young boy’s struggle through his parent’s divorce. The story unfolds in a strange new land filled with dangerous creatures and a tyrannical president bent on total power and extinction of all that oppose her. With a monster as his guide, young readers are enveloped into the chaotic world that is Munsturea alongside Peter Tulliver.

de laVega, J kindly agreed to do this interview with us so that we could find out more about her, and her wonderful story. Get your cup of coffee ready, and let’s get started!


Synopsis of “Peter Tulliver and the City of Monsters”

Peter Tulliver and the City of Monsters by de laVega, JTwelve-year-old Peter Tulliver’s life is over. His parents are divorcing, his mother moved him into a crummy apartment in the city, and he hasn’t seen or spoken to his father in months.

Everything changes when he meets Quip, the monster trapped in his bedroom closet. Peter cons Quip into helping him run away and soon he’s on the adventure of a lifetime.

Except, it’s nothing like he expected. Humans have been outlawed for centuries and around every corner lies danger. Along the way, Quip and Peter are imprisoned by the imperialistic president Madam Rhoda, captured by pirates to be sold into slavery, and barely escape being eaten by a giant.

Guided by Quip and the strong pull of his charm, Peter is sure he can make a new life for himself… if he survives.



Peter Tulliver and the City of Monsters is now available on Amazon!

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In this episode

  • You’ll hear what’s Peter Tulliver and the City of Monsters is all about?
  •  Since it’s her debut book, We asked her how is she feeling. What’s it like having the book out in the world? How long had she been working on it, from start to publication?
  • Where did de laVega, J get the inspiration to write this story?

  • What topics do Peter Tulliver and the City of Monsters covers and why are these important to discuss?
  • What messages are de laVega, J aiming to leave with her readers & what does she want children to take away from this book?
  • What can J’s fans look forward to next, other projects and much more…



We would like to say a huge thank you to de laVega, J for doing this interview and we are very excited to see what she does next!  We hope you have enjoyed listening to this episode and be sure to keep your eye out for her future books.



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