With books and me, it was love at first sight. I remember standing on a stool to reach the counter in the local library. I was four and proud that I could sign my name, and get my very own library card, a passport to all of those great books on the shelf.

     For seventh grade English, I wrote about 13-year-old twins who go back in time and meet their mother as a kid. I guess that writing assignment was at the root of Midnight at the Taj Mahal. Thank you Mrs. Unschuld of I.S. 181 in The Bronx!
   
     I love to travel and have been to many places, including Vietnam, where I adopted my daughter Rachele. My first book, Rebecca's Journey Home, is based on that exciting adventure.
I love old buildings which have survived the past – and ancient ruins, with stories sealed in their silent walls. I now live in Israel, a land oozing history. If only stones could talk!
   
     So, why the Taj Mahal? When I visited India, saw the stunning Taj Mahal, and heard the story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, I knew: it doesn’t get better than this!
   
    Midnight at the Taj Mahal is the first book in the Out of School Adventures. Stay tuned for the next adventure as the Copperman family continues their year abroad. Next stop: Jerusalem!