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Music is an important part of several of Paul Davenport’s readers, e.g. Rapping for Shelly, King of the Rappers or Kevin not Alone. Paul comes from a musical family. One of the happiest memories of his youth is the regular ‘jam sessions’ with his father, Paul on alto sax, his father on the piano. Paul enjoys a wide range of music styles including pop, rap, country, disco and rock and roll, including songs by German artists. After completing his postgraduate studies, he moved to Germany, where he’s been living with his wife and family ever since. The roots of his writing career go back to the stage plays he wrote for his English classes to perform. One of them, The Royal Choice, became his first publication, in 1996. Four years later, he wrote the first of his many school readers. A highlight in his writing career was when his story Crossroads to Love’ became a finalist in the Extensive Reading Foundation’s contest for reader of the year 2007. The second highlight came a year later, 2008, when another of his stories, Horror Trip on the Pecos River was named the winner of that same contest! Paul’s hobbies include reading, table tennis and fly fishing. He sometimes misses the trout fishing in northern Maine, where he grew up. He still has his alto sax and, from time to time, takes it out and plays a tune or two.