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Louis Sachar

Biography

Louis Sachar

Newbery Award—winning author Louis Sachar is the creator of the entertaining Marvin Redpost books as well as the much-loved THERE'S A BOY IN THE GIRLS' BATHROOM, winner of 17 child-voted state awards.

Louis Sachar's book HOLES, winner of the 1999 Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Boston Globe—Horn Book Award, is also an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Quick Pick, an ALA Notable Book, and was made into a major motion picture.

Louis Sachar

Books by Louis Sachar

by Louis Sachar - Young Adult 10+, Youth Fiction

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 Hilligas challenges 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.

written by Louis Sachar with illustrations by Adam Record - Children's, Fiction, Humor

Marvin Redpost has a girlfriend --- not a real girlfriend, just a girl who is a friend. And Casey Happleton is no ordinary girl. She lives in an old firehouse and she has a magic crystal! She wants to share the crystal with Marvin. Could the crystal really be magic? Or is Casey putting her own spell on Marvin? 

written by Louis Sachar with illustrations by Amy Wummer - Children's, Fiction, Humor

Everyone says that Marvin is going to ride his new mountain bike down Suicide Hill. And everyone is coming to watch him do it --- his friends, his family, even his older brother. But the truth is, Marvin can’t climb onto the seat without wobbling. And shifting gears? Braking? Forget about it! What’s Marvin going to do? 

written by Louis Sachar with illustrations by Adam Record - Children's, Fiction, Humor

When Marvin and Stuart sleep over at Nick Tuffle’s house for Nick’s birthday, they set up sleeping bags in the back yard. Stuart and Nick go right to sleep, but Marvin tosses and turns. Then he hears a noise and something glowing zooms over his head. Is it really a flying birthday cake? Or could it be something even more bizarre? The next day, a very strange new kid shows up at school…. 

written by Louis Sachar with illustrations by Amy Wummer - Children's, Fiction, Humor

The president of the United States is coming to visit Marvin’s class. He’s even going to answer one question from each kid! Plus the whole thing is going to be on TV. Marvin is nervous. What if someone steals his question? What if he can’t speak when it’s his turn? Will he look silly in front of the president and everyone watching? 

by Louis Sachar

The third book, WAYSIDE SCHOOL GETS A LITTLE STRANGER, is the last one in the series...so far. I hope that Louis Sachar writes more about Wayside because these books are so much fun. In this book, the cafeteria cook, Miss Mush, prepares a special lunch of baked liver and purple sauce (an unwelcome change to the usually unwelcoming Mushroom Surprise), it's Pet Day on the 13th floor, and a substitute teacher is coming. You know that can only mean trouble.

by Louis Sachar

The first book in this loose series (you don't have to read them in order) is SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL where you are introduced to the crazy class on the 13th floor. Beware of the teacher, Mrs. Gorf, she might turn you into an apple, but don't worry, the kids in her class are pretty crafty. Chances are you won't get eaten.

written by Louis Sachar with illustrations by Adam Record - Children's, Fiction, Humor, Loss

Marvin is really excited to take care of his teacher’s dog while she’s away. He’ll even earn a bonus if he does a good job! And he gets to be alone in his teacher’s house! But when Mrs. North’s dog starts to look sick, Marvin isn’t sure he’ll get that bonus. In fact, Mrs. North may never talk to Marvin again!

written by Louis Sachar with illustrations by Adam Record - Children's, Fiction, Humor

When Casey Happleton tells Marvin that if you kiss your elbow you’ll turn into a girl, Marvin doesn’t believe it. Then Marvin kisses his elbow by accident and starts to feel very strange. He wants pigtails and starts dotting his i’s with little hearts. Could Casey be right? Or is it all in Marvin’s head? You decide!

written by Louis Sachar with illustrations by Adam Record - Children's, Fiction, Friendship
There’s a rumor at school that Marvin Redpost picks his nose. Clarence started it, and now everyone believes it. Even Marvin’s friends are embarrassed to be seen with him! Can Marvin figure out how to change everyone’s mind? Or is he doomed to be teased forever?
written by Louis Sachar with illustrations by Adam Record - Children's, Family, Graphic Novel, Humor

Marvin Redpost has never felt like he fits in with his family. So when he hears a news report about a missing prince who looks just like him, he knows exactly what happened. Now all he has to do is tell Mr. and Mrs. Redpost that it’s time for him to move in with his real parents at the castle….

by Louis Sachar

In the next book, WAYSIDE SCHOOL IS FALLING DOWN, the craziness continues with the same characters from the first book. Believe me, things don't get any less strange...in fact, I think they get even weirder. You'll even get to explore the mysterious classroom of Miss Zarves (you hear about her in the first book) on the 19th floor. The fact that there is no 19th floor makes this more than bizarre.