Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego was a computer game that was hugely popular in the early 1990s. Editor Sharon Shavers was tasked with turning the games into a book series, so she turned to me to do it. (Probably because turning a game into a book was a crazy idea and I was the craziest author she knew!) So I was sent a batch of the games and got to play them all for a week under the name "research"... Then Sharon and I worked out a format for the series and I set off writing.

I can't help putting jokes in my stories. Some editors make me take them out, but Sharon is the only one who ever asked me to put more in!

1) Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? Western, 1991
Carmen and her gang have stolen the torch from the Statue of Liberty, a Stradivarius violin, the Great Wall of China and a rare mountain gorilla. Chase them all over the world!

2) Where In The USA Is Carmen Sandiego? Western, 1991
The gang strikes again, stealing the Grand Canyon, the Alamo, a Winslow Homer painting and the Golden gate Bridge. Hunt them through all 50 states!

3) Where In Europe Is Carmen Sandiego? Western, 1991
Carmen's mob have stolen the Parthenon, the statue of the Little Mermaid, Bach's harpisichord and a Robbie Burns poem. This time you're all over Europe looking for her!

4) Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego? Western, 1991
Time to look for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Liberty Bell, the Tower of London and the last Dodo bird. And the trail can lead to any time in the past!

5) Where In America's Past Is Carmen Sandiego? Western, 1992
Stolen this time are Benjamin Franklin's glasses, New York City, General Robert E. Lee's horse and Apollo 8. Chase Carmen and her gang throughout America's history to recover these items!

6) Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego, Part II, Western, 1993
Carmen's latest loot includesa Viking longboat, a Ming vase, the Rubaiyat of Omar Kyam and an Aztec Temple. Follow her gang throughout history to restore these stolen items to their rightful owners!

7) Where In Space Is Carmen Sandiego? Western, 1993
This time it's Pluto's moon, the Great Red Spot on Jupiter, Halley's Comet and the asteroid Icarus that Carmen's captured. It's a race through space to recover these items.

8) Where In The USA Is Carmen Sandiego? Part II, Western, 1994
Carmen's crazy cohorts have stolen the Liberty Bell, a polar bear, the Carlsbad Caverns and the Montauk Lighthouse. Hurry across America after them!

Where In America Is Carmen Sandiego?  Art by Allan Neuwirth, Western, 1992
A picture book like Where's Waldo?, with Carmen and her gang stealing stuff all across the country. It's the only picture book I've had published so far.

I think the strangest - and most difficult - writing job I ever had was when I was asked to write the 1993 Where Is Carmen Sandiego? Calendar for Workman Publishing. I didn't have a clue about how to write a calendar and it took a great deal of time and effort. But the end result was superb.


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