Johnathan Rand, author of the tremendously popular Michigan Chillers, American Chillers and Freddy Fernortner series of children’s books, had kids waiting in line to see him Tuesday night at Bay Leaf Used Books, in Sand Lake, Tuesday. The line was out the door and down the sidewalk, as kids waited to buy books and get them signed.
Rand’s Chiller series has a massive fan base across the country, but he is especially popular in his home state of Michigan. Rand is on tour to promote the importance of reading for kids, who find titles like Gruesome Ghouls of Grand Rapids and Mackinaw City Mummies hard to resist.
“Teachers love Johnathan Rand as well,” said Gabe Konrad, of Bay Leaf Used Books. “He’s ended up on several reading lists because he’s a writer that appeals to both boys and girls; a little scary, a little adventuresome, and all fun.”