Jake, Age 13

January 1, 1997

Post #722 – 19970101

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,

My name is Jake. I go to J.L. Stanford Middle School. I just read your book, Alan Mendelsohn, The Boy From Mars. I liked the book, it was funny. I have some questions and I hope you have the answers.

1. Who are the Waka-Wakians? And where did you get the inspiration for those guys?

2. What gave you the idea of writing this story?

3. Was Alan Mendelsohn really a Martian?

4. What does Rolzup look like?

5. Were you the inspiration for the way William Lloyd Floyd looked?

Thank you,

Jake, Age 13

Daniel replies:

Here are some answers.

1. I know, but I'm not saying.

2. A real-life incident.

3. Was he?

4. Very nice-looking.

5. No, someone else.

Thanks for being a thoughtful reader.