Secret New Series, Revealed!

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you may have noticed that for the past year and a half I’ve occasionally mentioned a ~secret children’s series~ that I couldn’t give any details about. And if you’re like some of my followers, not knowing what it was drove you mad. Mad, I say!

So I’m happy to say that today I can announce my brand new series.

Introducing THE LAST DOGS, a four-book middle-grade adventure series which I’ve written under the name Christopher Holt. The series is being published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, with the first book–called The Vanishing–coming out this September in hardcover, ebook, and audio book formats. This will also be my first illustrated series, with exterior and interior artwork by incredible artists Greg Call and Allen Douglas! Here is the official cover and summary for the first book:

The Last Dogs: The Vanishing


by Christopher Holt

When all the humans in his world disappear, Max, a yellow Labrador Retriever, begins the search for his family. He knows that if he can just find Madame Curie, a wise, old black Lab, she’ll be able to help. Madame had a premonition of astonishing events to come–she might know where Max’s family is.

But Max can’t make the journey alone. Joined by friends Rocky and Gizmo, Max sets off to find Madame. Along the way, the trio must face a pack of angry wolves, forage for food in a land where kibble is akin to gold, befriend a house full of cats, and outsmart a gang of subway rats. Ultimately, they’ll have to escape from the biggest threat of all: the Corporation, a “perfect” society for dogs and by dogs, where nothing is quite as it seems.

The Last Dogs: The Vanishing is a thrilling adventure and a tale of three unlikely friends on an epic quest to find their people–and bring them home.


THE LAST DOGS series is funny, exciting, and surprising, and it’s a series I think kids are going to love. I’ve had an absolute blast writing the books. I’m in the middle of the third book right now, and I can’t wait for you to see how unexpected and thrilling the journey of our dog heroes will become.

The first book is coming to stores everywhere on September 4!

By the way, Deviants fans: Word has come down from the delightful folks at HarperCollins that I’ll be able to unveil the cover and summary of the final book in the trilogy in just a few weeks. Be sure to check back soon for more info on the last part of Emily Webb’s journey!