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Alan Gratz

Biography

Alan Gratz

As the first Artist in Residence at the American School in Japan in 2010, Alan spent six weeks teaching historical fiction-writing to middle school students in Tokyo, and he was the Thurber House Children's Writer in Residence in 2011, living and writing in James Thurber's attic for a month while working with young writers from all around the Columbus, Ohio area. 
 
In addition to writing plays, magazine articles and a few episodes of A&E's City Confidential, Alan has taught catapult-building to middle-schoolers, written more than 6,000 radio commercials, sold other people's books, lectured at a Czech university and traveled the galaxy as a space ranger. (One of these, it should be pointed out, is not true.)
 
Alan was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, home of the 1982 World's Fair. After a carefree but humid childhood, Alan attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a College Scholars degree with a specialization in creative writing, and, later, a Master's degree in English education. He now lives with his wife Wendi and his daughter Jo in the high country of Western North Carolina, where he enjoys reading, eating pizza and, perhaps not too surprisingly, watching baseball.

Alan Gratz

Books by Alan Gratz

by Alan Gratz - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction, World History, Youth Fiction

It's 1945, and the world is at war. Hideki lives with his family on the island of Okinawa, near Japan. When WWII crashes onto his shores, Hideki is drafted into the Blood and Iron Student Corps to fight for the Japanese army. Meanwhile, Ray, a young Marine, has just landed on Okinawa. This is Ray's first-ever battle, and all he knows is that the enemy is everywhere. Hideki and Ray each fight their way across the island, surviving heart-pounding ambushes and dangerous traps. But then the two of them collide in the middle of the battle... And choices they make in that single instant will change everything.

by Alan Gratz - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Literature

It all started the day Amy Anne Ollinger tried to check out her favorite book in the whole world from the school library. That’s when Mrs. Jones, the librarian, told her the bad news: her favorite book was banned! All because a classmate’s mom thought the book wasn’t appropriate for kids to read. Amy Anne decides to fight back by starting a secret banned books library out of her locker. Soon, she finds herself on the front line of an unexpected battle over book banning, censorship, and who has the right to decide what she and her fellow students can read.

by Alan Gratz - Adventure, Children's 9-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction
JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world...ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America...MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe...All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers.
by Alan Gratz - Adventure, Children's 9-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Michael O'Shaunessey, originally from Ireland, now lives in Nazi Germany with his parents. Like the other boys in his school, Michael is a member of the Hitler Youth. But Michael has a secret. He and his parents are spies.When Michael learns about Projekt 1065, a secret Nazi war mission, things get even more complicated. He must prove his loyalty to the Hitler Youth at all costs --- even if it means risking everything he cares about.

by Alan Gratz - Adventure, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Having discovered the monstrous secret of his origins, Archie Dent is no longer certain that he is worthy to be a member of the League of Seven. But with new enemies to face, he realizes that he may not have the luxury of questioning his destiny.

Written by Alan Gratz with illustrations by Brett Helquist - Youth Fiction

In an alternate 1875 America electricity is forbidden, Native Americans and Yankees are united and eldritch evil lurks in the shadows. Young Archie Dent knows there really are monsters in the world. Trapped in underground prisons for a thousand years, the giant monsters have been all but forgotten until his parents and the rest of the Septemberists are brainwashed by one of the evil creatures, Archie must assemble a team of seven young heroes to save the world.

Written by Alan Gratz with illustrations by Brett Helquist - Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult 10+, Youth Fiction

Archie Dent is convinced that he and his friends Hachi and Fergus are the first three members of a new League of Seven: a group of heroes who come together to fight the Mangleborn whenever the monsters arise to destroy humanity. His belief is put to the test when they are forced to undertake separate missions.