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Alan Gratz

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Alan Gratz 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 playing games, eating pizza, and, perhaps not too surprisingly, reading books.

Genres: Children's Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy
Alan Gratz recommends
Making Bombs for Hitler (2012)
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
"A gripping story that asks: What would you do to survive?."
The Light in Hidden Places (2020)
Sharon Cameron
"Haunting and lyrical. An incredible true story of bravery, survival, and defiance."
A Game of Fox & Squirrels (2020)
Jenn Reese
"Brings to life, viscerally, what it is like to live in fear of abuse—even after the abuse itself is over. But there is magic here too, and the promise of a better future that comes with learning to let people who care about you into your world."
Illegal (2020)
(Disappeared, book 2)
Francisco X Stork
"An eye-opening look at U.S. immigration wrapped inside a tense thriller."
Troublemaker (2022)
John Cho
"An action-packed story about mistakes, redemption, and real-life danger. I couldn't put this book down!"
Lines of Courage (2022)
Jennifer A Nielsen
"A powerful, absorbing story that shines a light on an often overlooked chapter in human history."
Yonder (2022)
Ali Standish
"What does it mean to be a hero, and when is it all right - necessary, even - to put your own well-being ahead of others? YONDER is a thoughtful, eloquent, and honest examination of prejudice, loyalty, and what it means to be brave. I loved it."
Big Tree (2023)
Brian Selznick
"Inspirational, important, and beautiful. A fable for our times."

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