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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bret Nicholaus  

Pen Name: Bret R. Nicholaus

Genre: Fiction Other

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;


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-- Bret Nicholaus on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Nicholaus lives in the Chicago area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bret Nicholaus has written several books with his Bethel College friend, Paul Lowrie. One spring afternoon in 1992, Bret and Paul came up with a simple book idea: a collection of original questions that could serve as ice-breakers for any settings. Within a month they had formed Questmarc Publishing and released a small 350-copy printing of their first book, ''The Conversation Piece''. By late 1995, the two authors had sold 20,000 copies of their small paperback and attracted the interest of a literary agent. In 1996, Ballantine Books bought The Conversation Piece. They have since created the ''Chat Pack'' line of products.

Published Works

    Have You Ever...: Questions About You, Your Friends, and Your World , Ballantine Books, 1999 - written with Paul LowrieThe Conversation Piece 2: Fun New Questions to Tickle the Mind, Ballantine Books, 2000 - written with Paul LowrieWho We Are: Questions to Celebrate Your Family, New World Library, 2000 - written with Paul LowrieKidchat: Questions to Fuel Young Minds and Mouths, Questmarc Pub, 2004 - written with Paul LowrieThe Christmas Letters: A Timeless Story for Every Generation, Center Street, 2006KidChat Oh, the Places to Go!: 204 Creative Questions to Let the Imagination Travel , Roaring Brook Press, 2007 - written with Paul LowrieKidChat Christmas: 200 Questions to Make You Think, Talk, and Giggle About the Most Wonderful Time of the Year , Roaring Brook Press, 2008 - written with Paul Lowrie

Selected Titles At Your Library

Have you ever-- :
ISBN: 0345417607. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books,. New York :. 1999.

The conversation piece 2 :
ISBN: 0345438663. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books,. New York :. 2000.

The authors of the bestselling "The Conversation Piece" return with a new generation of thought-provoking questions designed to educate and entertain. The charming wit and wisdom of this book is perfect for families, teachers, parties, car trips--for anyone, any time.

Who we are :
ISBN: 1577311310. OCLC Number:

New World Library,. Novato, Calif. :. ©2000.

Kidchat :
ISBN: 0975580108. OCLC Number:

Questmarc,. Yankton, SD :. 2004.

The Christmas letters :
ISBN: 1931722951. OCLC Number:

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A family gathers for their annual Christmas dinner at Grandpa's and receive personal letters with a life-changing lesson that will stay with them forever.

Kidchat, oh the places to go! :
ISBN: 1596433175. OCLC Number:

Roaring Brook Press,. New York :. 2007.

Kidchat Christmas :
ISBN: 1596433345. OCLC Number:

Flash Point,. New York :. 2008.

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