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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 Louis 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.

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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. The Cardturner, published by Bloomsbury in June 2010, is a truly original romance, coming of age and mystery novel.

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Check out the great Q&A with teachers and students and some handy writing tips on Louis' website - click here.

Featured books by Louis Sachar

Other books by Louis Sachar

Fuzzy Mud

Fuzzy Mud

Author: Louis Sachar Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 04/08/2015

From the author of the acclaimed bestseller Holes, winner of the Newbery Award and the National Book Award, comes a new middle-grade novel with universal appeal. Combining horror-movie suspense with the issues of friendship, bullying, and the possibility of ecological disaster, this novel will intrigue, surprise, and inspire readers and compel them to think twice about how they treat others as well as their environment.Be careful. Your next step may be your last.Fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to and from Woodridge Academy together since elementary school. But their routine is disrupted when bully Chad Hilligaschallenges Marshall to a fight. To avoid the conflict, Marshall takes a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. Tamaya, unaware of the reason for the detour,reluctantly follows. They soon get lost. And then they find trouble. Bigger trouble than anyone could ever have imagined.In the days and weeks that follow, the authorities and the U.S. Senate become involved, and what they uncover might affect the future of the world.Cast List:Jonathan Fitzman, read by Jesse BernsteinSenator Haltings, read by Mark BramhallSenator Foote, read by Robertson DeanSenator March, read by Kimberly FarrDr. Peter Smythe, read by Stephen HoyeSenator Wright, read by John H. Mayer Tamaya Dhilwaddi, read by Kathleen McInerneyDonna Jones, esq., read by Adenrele OjoDr. June Lee, read by Samantha QuanProfessor Alice Mayfair, read by Allyson RyanDr. Marc Humbard, read by Bruce Turk"e;Can Virtue Be Taught,"e; read by Louis Sacher

Marvin Redpost Series Collection

Marvin Redpost Series Collection

Author: Louis Sachar Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 12/03/2013

Meet Marvin Redpost, the Master of Mayhem!Kidnapped at Birth?: Marvin Redpost has finally figured out why he doesn't look like anyone in his family. He's not really Marvin Redposthe's Robert, the lost prince of Shampoon! Why Pick on Me?: Marvin is shunned by his classmates and teacher after he is unfairly fingered as a nose-picker by the class bully. Is He a Girl?: Will kissing his elbow really turn Marvin into a girl? Casey Happleton claims it's so. Alone in His Teacher's House: Marvin's friends think he's the luckiest boy in the world when his teacher asks him to dog-sit for a week. But pretty soon it starts to look as if Marvin is not so lucky after all.... Class President: It's "e;hole day,"e; and even Mrs. North and Principal McCabe are wearing their very worst clothes. It seemed like a fun idea that morning, but now the president of the United States is on his way! And there's no time to change! A Flying Birthday Cake: Marvin and Stuart get to sleep over in Nick Tuffle's backyard for Nick's birthday. Marvin he hears a noise in the night, and something glowing zooms over his head. The next day, a very strange new kid shows up at school. Super Fast, Out of Control!: The word at school is that Marvin will be taking on Suicide Hill with his new mountain bike. But the truth is, he can barely climb on the seat! A Magic Crystal?: Casey Happleton shows Marvin the magic crystal she has just found and offers to give Marvin a few wishes. Is the crystal really magic? Or is it too good to be true?

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/08/2010

There has been a terrible mistake. Wayside School was supposed to have been built with thirty classrooms all next to each other in a row. Instead it was built with the thirty classrooms all on top of each other - thirty storeys high! That may be why all kinds of strange stuff happens at Wayside School. Especially on the thirtieth floor. It is a school full of unusual characters too. Mrs Gorf, the meanest teacher in the world. Terrible Todd who always gets sent home early. John who can only read upside down. It is a crazy mixed-up school, brilliantly brought to life by the irresistible Louis Sachar.

Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger

Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/08/2010

All the kids from Wayside School had to spend 243 days in horrible schools while Wayside was closed to get rid of the infestation of cows! Now the kids are back and the fun begins again on every floor. Miss Mush has prepared a special lunch of baked liver in purple sauce and it is pet day on the 30th floor. There are dogs and cats and frogs and skunks and an orange named Fido, causing a terrible commotion. But the biggest surprise of all is that Mrs Jewls is expecting a baby and a substitute teacher is coming, and everyone knows what that means ...Wayside School is going to get a little stranger.

More Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School More Than 50 Brainteasing Maths Puzzles

More Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School More Than 50 Brainteasing Maths Puzzles

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/08/2010

Welcome back to maths class at Wayside School. How much is PEPPERS + PIG LIPS? If Jenny's shirt has sparkles on it, will Todd have egg in his hair? These Sideways Arithmetic problems may look puzzling at first, but you can use real maths to solve them, and the answers are perfectly logical. There are lots of clues and hints, plus all the answers are right there in the book. Best of all, the children you have read about in the other books about Wayside School are here to help you! Try solving these, and more than fifty other maths brainteasers, along with the kids from Mrs. Jewls' class. You'll learn a lot about maths but you'll be laughing too much to notice!

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