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Louis Sachar - Author

About the Author

Julia Eccleshare, our very own editorial expert as well as Children's Books Editor of the Guardian says of Louis:

Best-selling author Louise Sachar took the world by storm with Holes, his remarkable story about a group of boys in a reform camp. But he deserves to be just  as famous and popular  for his many other books which display his hallmark qualities of  warmth, empathy and understanding of all kinds of young readers but especially those whose  lives have gone a bit awry. Young readers are immediately attracted to Louis Sachar’s novels for his great and unusual stories and for his exceptional  understanding of some of the challenges of growing up.

Louis Sachar was born on 20 March 1954, in East Meadow, New York. In 1976, he went to the University of California, where he studied economics. While at university he became a teacher’s aide to gain extra credit; it turned out to be his favourite class and inspired him to write children's books. After graduation he worked in a sweater warehouse in Connecticut and wrote at night. After he was fired from that job he moved on to law school. In his first week of study, Sideways Stories from Wayside was published. After completing his studies in 1980 he became a part-time lawyer but was compelled to concentrate on his writing full-time.
 
Louis now lives in Austin, Texas, where he writes and plays quite a lot of bridge. His novel Holes has sold over 8 million copies worldwide and has been made into a major motion picture of the same name by Disney. Louis is the recipient of many of the world's most prestigious book prizes, including the National Book Award and the Newbery Award. Holes was also selected as the first Liverpool City Read title and won the Sheffield Book Award in the UK.

Author photo credit © Perry Hagopian

Featured books by Louis Sachar

Other books by Louis Sachar

Holes

Holes

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2010

When Stanley Yelnats is sent to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Correctional Facility for a crime he did not commit, life becomes much more of a challenge. First of all he has to dig a hole (as deep as a man) a day in the baking Texas heat, looking for who knows what. Then he has to avoid cruel Mr Sir and the menacing warden. Will Stanley survive in this hostile environment? In this 10th anniversary edition of Holes , Louis Sachar has also leant his knowledge and expertise of roughing it out in the Texan desert in Stanley Yelnats' Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake . Imagine your misfortune if, like Stanley Yelnats, you found yourself the victim of a miscarriage of justice and interned in a juvenile correctional facility. This witty and utterly essential guide to survival is spiced with lots of information about the characters in Holes and is the perfect addition to the bestseller.

Cardturner

Cardturner

Author: Louis Sachar Format: eBook Release Date: 11/05/2010

From Louis Sachar, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Newbery Medal for HOLES, comes the young adult novel THE CARDTURNER, an exploration of the human condition.How are we supposed to be partners? He can't see the cards and I don't know the rules!The summer after junior year of high school looks bleak for Alton Richards. His girlfriend has dumped him to hook up with his best friend. He has no money and no job. His parents insist that he drive his great-uncle Lester to his bridge club four times a week and be his cardturnerwhatever that means. Alton's uncle is old, blind, very sick, and very rich.But Alton's parents aren't the only ones trying to worm their way into Lester Trapp's good graces. They're in competition with his longtime housekeeper, his alluring young nurse, and the crazy Castaneda family, who seem to have a mysterious influence over him.Alton soon finds himself intrigued by his uncle, by the game of bridge, and especially by the pretty and shy Toni Castaneda. As the summer goes on, he struggles to figure out what it all means, and ultimately to figure out the meaning of his own life.Through Alton's wry observations, Louis Sachar explores the disparity between what you know and what you think you know. With his incomparable flair and inventiveness, he examines the elusive differences between perception and realityand inspires readers to think and think again.From the Hardcover edition.

Kidnapped at Birth

Kidnapped at Birth

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2010

Marvin lives in a grey house with a white fence - a white fence but for one red post. He has red hair and blue eyes. He is also left-handed. 'We're lucky to be left-handed', said Mrs North. 'It means we have royal blood'. One day, at school, while writing a report, Marvin realises that nothing adds up. His parents have brown hair and they have brown eyes. Can he really be Marvin Redpost? Or is he, in fact, the lost son of the King of Shampoon - Prince Robert? Was he whisked away from the hospital at birth and are the Redposts really his kidnappers? Marvin sets out to get things straight. There are a lot of perks to being a prince and it's all very tempting but Marvin soon realises that sometimes the truth isn't all it's cracked up to be. Louis Sachar writes with pace and humour and heart. In this, the first in a series of eight books, he introduces strong and memorable characters in his unique and inimitable style.

Is He a Girl?

Is He a Girl?

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2010

Marvin Redpost is yet again caught in a dilemma. He's been told that he'll turn into a girl if he kisses his elbow, and after accidentally doing just that he wonders if it is really going to happen to him. His voice starts to change, he longs to have pigtails and he even dots his 'i's with a heart in class! What on earth has happened to Marvin, and will he ever be the same again? This is a charming story, which will give you lots of laughs. Louis Sachar has the ability to bring together the absurd and the real with the perfect ingredients to entertain all children aged 5 to 7 years.

Why Pick on Me?

Why Pick on Me?

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2010

Everyone is laughing at Marvin Redpost. He's the grossest kid in school. Why? He picks his nose. Well, that's the rumour the class bully, Clarence, started and no one argues with Clarence - not even Marvin's so-called best friends. So what can Marvin do to turn things round? A great story which reveals that good things can often come out of bad.

Alone in His Teacher's House

Alone in His Teacher's House

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2010

While Mrs North, Marvin's teacher, is on holiday she asks him to look after Waldo - her dog. Suddenly, Marvin has become the luckiest boy in school. He'll get to sniff about Mrs North's house, look in her wardrobe, check out her bathroom and rummage in her fridge ...Well that's what Stuart and Nick, his best friends, would like to do. But Marvin takes things a little more seriously. After all, he gets paid $3 a day and he will get a bonus on top if everything goes smoothly. What could possibly go wrong? Just how long can Marvin hold on to his luck...Louis Sachar tells this tale with a refreshing and bold frankness and again the characters are vividly portrayed in this the fourth of the series.

Pig City

Pig City

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2009

'What was Pig City?' thought Laura. Soon it would be something that everyone wanted to be part of Laura Sibbie is trying to find the perfect 'pigs' for her new club, Pig City: classmates who can keep the biggest secret ever! But to make sure that none of them tells anyone else about the club, each one must give an 'insurance' - something totally embarrassing - to be hidden unless they break the most important law of Pig City. As Pig City grows and the 'pigs' rule the school, the 'insurances' get more daring and when hotshot Gabriel finds out about the club, life gets more risky for the 'pigs' and more complicated for Laura. Is something terrible going to happen? Now there is a new club around, Monkey Town, and they are going to turn Pig City upside down.

There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom

There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom

Author: Louis Sachar Format: eBook Release Date: 10/03/2009

';Give me a dollar or I'll spit on you.'That's Bradley Chalkers for you. He's the oldest kid in the fifth grade. He tells enormous lies. He picks fights with girls, and the teachers say he has serious behavior problems. No one likes himexcept Carla, the new school counselor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and she even enjoys his farfetched stories. Carla knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren't afraid to try.But when you feel like the most hated kid in the whole school, believing in yourself can be the hardest thing in the world. . . .

Wayside School Collection

Wayside School Collection

Author: Louis Sachar Format: eBook Release Date: 25/11/2008

SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOLYou can imagine the confusion at Wayside School when the builder made a terrible mistake. Instead of building 30 classrooms side-by-side, he built them one on top of another. Maybe that accounts for the wacky goings-on in Mrs. Jewls' class. Where else will you find children being turned into apples, dead rats wearing raincoats, and little girls who try to sell their toes? WAYSIDE SCHOOL IS FALLING DOWN The teacher pushes the new computer out of the windowwhat's going on here? It's just a lesson on the laws of gravity. As the outrageous fun continues, the 29 children up on the 30th floor engage in one adventure after another, changing the school routine into something that is far from normal.WAYSIDE SCHOOL GETS A LITTLE STANGER Its been 243 days since Wayside School has been open for classes. Its taken that long to rid the place of all traces of the cows. When the students finally do return, you can bet all the craziness is back too, including a very strange counselor called Dr. Pickle who has a warped sense of humor. The really big surprises come when Mrs. Jewls leaves to have her baby and the kids get some wacky substitute teachers.From the Compact Disc edition.

Small Steps

Small Steps

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2007

Armpit and X-Ray are living in Austin, Texas. It is three years since they left the confines of Camp Green Lake Detention Centre and Armpit is taking small steps to turn his life around. He is working for a landscape gardener because he is good at digging holes, he is going to school and he is enjoying his first proper romance, but is he going to be able to stay out of trouble when there is so much building up against him? In this brilliantly plotted and exciting novel, Armpit is joined by many vibrant new characters, and is learning what it takes to stay on course, and that doing the right thing is never the wrong choice.

Small Steps

Small Steps

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2007

Armpit and X-Ray are living in Austin, Texas. It is three years since they left the confines of Camp Green Lake Detention Centre and Armpit is taking small steps to turn his life around. He is working for a landscape gardener because he is good at digging holes, he is going to school and he is enjoying his first proper romance, but is he going to be able to stay out of trouble when there is so much building up against him? In this exciting novel, Armpit is joined by many vibrant new characters, and is learning what it takes to stay on course, and that doing the right thing is never the wrong choice.

Small Steps

Small Steps

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2007

Armpit and X-Ray are living in Austin, Texas. It is three years since they left the confines of Camp Green Lake Detention Centre and Armpit is taking small steps to turn his life around. He is working for a landscape gardener because he is good at digging holes, he is going to school and he is enjoying his first proper romance, but is he going to be able to stay out of trouble when there is so much building up against him? In this exciting novel, Armpit is joined by many vibrant new characters, and is learning what it takes to stay on course, and that doing the right thing is never the wrong choice.

Dogs Don't Tell Jokes

Dogs Don't Tell Jokes

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2007

'Why did the guy eat two dead skunks for breakfast?' 'Because dead ones squeal when you stick the fork in.' Gary W. Boone knows he was born to be a stand-up comedian. It is the rest of the kids in the class who think he is a fool. Then the Floyd Hicks Junior High School Talent Show is announced, and he starts practising his routine non-stop to get it just right. Gary's sure that this will be his big break - he'll make everyone laugh and will win the $100 prize money. But when an outrageous surprise threatens to turn his debut into a disaster, it looks as if the biggest joke of all may be on Gary himself.

The Boy Who Lost His Face

The Boy Who Lost His Face

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2007

CURSED! David was only trying to be cool when he helped some other boys steal an old lady's cane. But when the plan backfires, he is the one whom she 'curses'. Now David can't seem to do anything right. The cool kids taunt him and his only friends are weirdos. He even walks into Spanish class with his fly unzipped! And when he finally gets his nerve up to ask out a cute girl, his trousers fall down midway! But is this the curse at work or is David turning into a total loser? Another witty and very clever tale by the master storyteller Louis Sachar. Other titles in this series are THERE'S A BOY IN THE GIRLS' BATHROOM and DOGS DON'T TELL JOKES.

Someday Angeline

Someday Angeline

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2007

Angeline is brilliant! She knows way more than a child of her age ought to. When she is moved up a class at school she finds that her intelligence doesn't equip her entirely for dealing with the pressures of being with the older group. Soon she is finding refuge with a teacher and her tropical fish and another unlikely student. With Louis Sachar's hallmark twist-and-turns of plot and lovely humour, this delightful novel is thought-provoking and brilliant.

There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom

There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2007

Give me a dollar or I'll spit on you. That's Bradley Chalker for you. He is the oldest child in the class. He tells enormous lies. He picks fights with girls, and the teachers say he has serious behaviour problems. No one likes him - except Carla, the new school counsellor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and she even enjoys his far-fetched stories. Carla knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren't afraid to try. Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is believing in yourself.

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