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David Klass

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David Klass is a screenwriter and novelist whose work for young adults deals with contemporary themes from ecology to coping with loss. In books such as the award-winning Wrestling with Honor, California Blue, and Danger Zone, Klass also employs the microcosm of high school athletics as a matrix for teens who are in crisis or faced with difficult decisions. Baseball, soccer, wrestling, track, and basketball all form a backdrop for Klass's young, mostly male protagonists who must learn to deal with personal traumas and dislocations. Divorce or the death of a parent, as well as racial, gender, and environmental issues, all become part of the stew of a Klass novel.

"I'm not writing about sports so much as I am about character," Klass told Authors and Artists for Young Adults (AAYA) in an interview. "You write about what you know, and when I think back to my high school years, much of my self-esteem came on the athletic field.

Genres: Thriller
Caretaker Trilogy
   1. Firestorm (2006)
   2. Whirlwind (2008)
   3. Timelock (2009)
   The Atami Dragons (1984)
   Breakaway Run (1987)
   A Different Season (1988)
   Wrestling With Honor (1989)
   Night of the Tyger (1990)
   Samurai, Inc. (1992)
   California Blue (1994)
   Danger Zone (1996)
   Screen Test (1997)
   Desperate Measures (1998) (with Robert Tine)
   You Don't Know Me (2001)
   The Braves (2002)
     aka Home of the Braves
   Dark Angel (2005)
   Stuck on Earth (2010)
   Second Impact (2013) (with Perri Klass)
   Grandmaster (2014)
   Losers Take All (2015)
   Out of Time (2020)
David Klass recommends
In Harm's Way (2021)
Anthony Mosawi
"Anthony Mosawi's masterful new novel In Harm's Way is an unrelenting thrill ride. As the clock ticks down, a cast of brilliant, beautifully drawn and fascinatingly imperfect characters must find a way to work together to prevent unspeakable carnage. Sara Eden, the main character, is compelling and marvellously complex. I absolutely loved it."

Books containing stories by David Klass
Places I Never Meant to Be (1999)
Original Stories by Censored Writers
edited by
Judy Blume

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