John August

Dustin Bocks

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John August is a screenwriter and a novelist. His screenwriting credits include the live-action "Aladdin," "Go," "Frankenweenie," "Corpse Bride," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and both "Charlie’s Angels" movies. He received a 2004 BAFTA nomination for his screenplay for "Big Fish" and wrote the book for the Broadway musical version. He received a 2006 Grammy nomination for lyrics for “Wonka’s Welcome Song.”

His middle-grade novel series, Arlo Finch, is currently published in 13 languages, with the third book in the trilogy, "The Kingdom of Shadows," released in February 2020.

He co-hosts the weekly Scriptnotes podcast with Craig Mazin and runs the company that makes the popular screenwriting apps Highland 2 and Weekend Read. He also maintains a popular blog at as well as websites like aimed at supporting screenwriters. He’s a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the board of directors of the Writers Guild of America West. He also created the Writer Emergency Pack, an educational storytelling tool. He graduated from Drake University, earning a bachelor's degree in journalism followed by a master's from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California.

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Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire
Children / Teens
Square Fish
February 2018
ISBN 9781626728141
336 pages
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Screenwriter John August's debut novel about a 12-year-old boy who joins a special scout team to learn how to survive in both the wilds of the forest and the magical world that lies within it.

Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon
Children / Teens
Square Fish
February 2020
ISBN 9781250233394
400 pages
$8.99, INSTORE
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“A thrilling adventure full of magic and wonder. John August is a master storyteller. More/less

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