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Peter Lerangis


Peter Lerangis

Peter Lerangis is the author of over 160 books, for early readers through teens, which have sold more than 4.5 million copies and been translated into 28 different languages. He injects his own brand of suspense, humor, and colorful characters into many different writing genres --- mystery (theSpy X series), science fiction (the Watchers series), teen romance (the Drama Club series), and serious historical fiction (SMILER'S BONES).

In September 2003, First Lady Bush selected Peter, along with two other writers, Marc Brown and R.L. Stine, to accompany her to Moscow, representing the United States in the first Russian Book Festival. In 2004, the National Book Foundation chose him to be a Family Literacy Writer-in-Residence, and he has conducted writing workshops for the Highlights Foundation and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. 

Peter's books are widely acclaimed. SMILER'S BONES, a novel based on the true story of Minik, a Polar Eskimo boy orphaned in New York City at the turn of the twentieth century, was a Junior Library Guild selection, a New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, a Bank Street Best Book, and was a Recommended Book of the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and the National Council for Social Studies. His two-book polar adventure, ANTARCTICA, was selected as required reading by the JASON organization in 2001. Books in his sci-fi/mystery series, Watchers, were cited by the American Library Association for its 1999 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and by the Children's Book Council/International Reading Association for its 2000 Children's Choice Books. He is one of the country's most in-demand movie novelization authors, having adapted The Sixth Sense and Batman Begins, among many others.

A Harvard graduate with a degree in biochemistry, Peter became a Broadway musical theater actor after college. He has run a marathon and gone rock-climbing during an earthquake, but not on the same day. He lives in New York City with his wife and their two sons.

Peter Lerangis

Books by Peter Lerangis

by Peter Lerangis - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Max and his cousin Alex were able to bottle the magical healing elements needed to cure his mother’s illness just in the nick of time. But then their former friend, Bitsy, steals the vials. She has plans to save the world --- but her plans might be deadly. Working against the odds, the two kids glean clues from one of Verne’s best-loved books, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH. In it, they discover a map to their most dangerous destination yet --- the very core of the world. And so now the two cousins are off on their most unlikely, most important quest yet --- literally to save the world!

by Peter Lerangis - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fairy Tale, Fiction, Magic

When 13-year-old Max Tilt stumbled across his great-great-great-grandfather Jules Verne’s unpublished manuscript, The Lost Treasures, he thought his problems were solved. But with his mom’s illness getting worse, Max needs to figure out a way to save her. So Max and his cousin Alex revisit the manuscript, and they find a story of Verne’s impossible recovery from a near-fatal gunshot wound. The book hints that he was only able to do so after collecting magical healing elements that he’d saved from a race around the world. Max and Alex can save Max’s mom...if they’re daring enough to try.

by Elissa Brent Weissman, Kwame Alexander, Tom Angleberger, Kathi Appelt, Ashley Bryan, Tim Federle, Candace Fleming, Marla Frazee, Chris Gall, Alex Gino, Chris Grabenstein, Gordon Korman, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Thanhha Lai, Peter Lerangis, Gail Carson Levine, Grace Lin, Yuyi Morales, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, R. J. Palacio, Linda Sue Park, Dan Santat, Brian Selznick, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Rita Williams-Garcia - Careers, Children's 8-12, Nonfiction
From award-winning author Elissa Brent Weissman comes a collection of quirky, smart, and vulnerable childhood works by some of today’s foremost children’s authors and illustrators ---revealing young talent, the storytellers they would one day become, and the creativity they inspire today. Everyone’s story begins somewhere…
by Peter Lerangis - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mythology

When thirteen-year-old Max Tilt happens upon his great-great-great-grandfather Jules Verne's unfinished, unpublished manuscript, The Lost Treasures, he doesn't realize that he's found the answers to all his problems. And Max has a lot of problems --- his mother is sick, his father is out of work, and his home is about to be foreclosed on.  But when Max and his cousin Alex discover that Verne's last work reveals everything he wrote was fact, not fiction, they realize that the book holds the key to something incredibly valuable. A treasure that can save his house --- and maybe his entire family.

by Peter Lerangis - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

Jack, Marco, Cass and Aly’s quest to find the seven magic orbs buried beneath each of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World has hit a perilous snag. King Uhla’ar has kidnapped Aly and taken her and an orb back through a rift in time. A giant, merciless behemoth guards the opening, and so Jack and his friends realize that their only hope to rescue Aly is to rush to find the rest of the lost Loculi. This mission takes them around the world --- to the Temple of Artemis to fend off a mighty army and then to the Lighthouse of Alexandria, where they wind up swallowed in the belly of a beast. But before all is said and done, they must return to where it all began, to Atlantis, to save Aly, themselves…and the world.

by Peter Lerangis - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

Follow the threads of history back to ancient times. Two Atlantean princes, Karai and Massarym, obsessed with power and terrified of the mysterious Loculi, turned against it each other in a bitter rivalry. With the future of the world at stake and nowhere to turn for guidance, the 14-year-old brothers chose fear over trust, deception over truth, and violence over brotherhood, and they change the course of history forever.

by Peter Lerangis - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fantasy

THE CURSE OF THE KING is the fourth book in a seven-book series by master storyteller Peter Lerangis. This sequel to THE TOMB OF SHADOWS, LOST IN BABYLON, and THE COLOSSUS RISES chronicles the adventures of Jack McKinley and his friends as they face their greatest challenge yet --- the long-lost Statue of Zeus. In their struggle to undo what's been done and unlock the secrets of this Wonder of the Ancient World, our heroes must confront gods, relive old battles and face down their own destiny to save themselves --- and the world --- from destruction.

by Peter Lerangis - Fantasy, Mythology

THE TOMB OF SHADOWS is the third book in a seven-book series by master storyteller Peter Lerangis. This sequel to the bestselling LOST IN BABYLON and THE COLOSSUS RISES chronicles the adventures of Jack McKinley and his friends in a life-or-death race to the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. In the rubble of this Wonder of the Ancient World, they have to face down their own demons and engage in an epic battle with foes long gone. But when promises are broken, blood is spilled --- and the Select are left with no choice but to destroy the one thing that might have saved them all.

by Peter Lerangis - Fantasy, Mythology, Youth Fiction
THE SELECT tells the story of thirteen-year-old Burt Wenders, the first documented carrier of the G7W gene, and his fated voyage to the island that would eventually come to house the Karai Institute. In THE ORPHAN, learn the story of Daria, orphaned at a young age and enslaved by the Babylonians, and her valiant battle to escape the only city she's ever called home. These titles are together in print for the first time ever.
by Peter Lerangis and Torstein Norstrand - Adventure, Children's, Fantasy, Fiction, History, Juvenile Fiction
LOST IN BABYLON is the second book in a seven-book series, chronicling the adventures of Jack McKinley and his race to find the Loculi that have been hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In Lost in Babylon, Jack travels to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, where he discovers a world out of time and is faced with a dilemma unlike any he'd ever imagined.
by Peter Lerangis - Fantasy, Fiction

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he's going to die. The only way to save himself is to find and combine seven magic loculi. This won't be easy because The loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven't been seen in thousands of years. They're hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

by Peter Lerangis - Adventure, Children's, Fiction, Mystery

Amy and Dan were devastated when the Vespers kidnapped seven Cahills around the world, holding them hostage until Amy and Dan delivered an impossible ransom. But now the Vespers have gone too far. They've kidnapped Atticus, an innocent 11-year-old boy and Dan's only friend. Now Dan and Amy are in the struggle of their lives.