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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.

Author photo credit © Perry Hagopian

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

Small Steps

Small Steps

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/01/2006

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.

A Flying Birthday Cake?

A Flying Birthday Cake?

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2005

Marvin cannot get to sleep. It's late, the ground is hard in Nick Tuffle's garden, he is far too full on cake and he has drunk too much punch. Then he hears a low humming noise. He feels the earth shudder beneath him and there is a bright flash - sort of the same colour as the green icing on Nick's birthday cake. Is he dreaming or was that a flying birthday cake, candles aglow? Perhaps something much stranger is on the horizon

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: 07/06/2004

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 the brainteasers in this book, along with Mrs Jewls and the children from her class, and maths will be a dream!

Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School More Than 50 Mindboggling Maths Puzzles!

Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School More Than 50 Mindboggling Maths Puzzles!

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2004

Why does elf + elf = fool? How many meals will Miss Mush, the lunch teacher, have to cook for the food to taste as bad as it smells? 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 in the back of the book. Best of all, all the kids you read about in Sideways Stories from 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 alot about maths but you'll be laughing too much to notice!

Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger

Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2004

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 Jewl 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.

Wayside School is Falling Down

Wayside School is Falling Down

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2004

Watch closely, said Mrs Jewls. You can learn much faster using a computer instead of paper and pencil. Then she pushed the computer out of the window. The children all watched it fall thirty floors. See? said Mrs Jewls. That's gravity That's the way things happen at Wayside School. There are twenty nine kids in Mrs Jewls' class and this book is about all of them. There is Todd, who is in trouble every day, until he gets a magic dog. Paul, whose life is saved by Leslie's pigtails. Ron, who dares to try the cafeteria's mushroom surprise and all the others who help turn a day at Wayside School into one madcap adventure after another.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/01/2004

There was 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 stories high! That may be why all kinds of strange stuff happens at Wayside School. Especially, on the thirteenth 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.

Stanley Yelnats Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake

Stanley Yelnats Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake

Author: Louis Sachar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2003

Imagine your misfortune if, like Stanley Yelnats, you found yourself the victim of a miscarriage of justice and interned in Camp Green Lake Correctional Institute. How would you survive? Thoughtfully Louis Sachar has learnt his knowledge and expertise to the subject and created this wonderful, quirky, and utterly essential guide to toughing it out in the Texan desert. Spiced with lots of information about the characters in Holes , as well as lots of do's and don'ts for survival, this is an essential book for all those hundreds of thousands of Holes' fans.

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