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Sheila Grau


Sheila Grau

Sheila Grau grew up in an old house that had a library with a secret closet built behind the bookshelves. She was able to tuck herself into that little nook to ponder life's mysteries, like how her mother knew she was dropping her broccoli to the dog at dinnertime. (Answer: The dog didn't like broccoli either, and spit it out on the floor). Through the years, one mystery in particular seemed to have no answer: Where do evil overlords get their minions? Unable to find an answer to that mystery, she thought it would be fun to make one up, and her debut middlegrade novel DR. CRITCHLORE'S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS will be published by Amulet Books/Abrams in March 2015. Kirkus Reviews says it's "a droll addition to the magical school genre, worthy of a seat toward the front of the (Harry) Potter-wagon."

Sheila currently lives in Northern California with her husband and four children and, sadly, no minions.

Books by Sheila Grau

Written by Sheila Grau with illustrations by Joe Sutphin. - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology, Science Fiction

Runt Higgins has a long to-do list. He needs to find out who cursed him, and why; he needs to make up with his best friend, Syke; and he needs to pass the Junior Henchman Training Program. That last one? Not likely. Professor Murphy hates Runt and is actively trying to fail him. The only way for Runt to pass the class and stay at Dr. Critchlore’s school is to locate a rare mineral that Dr. Critchlore needs to make an Undefeatable Minion. To find it, Runt must travel to icy Upper Worb and battle gyrfalcons, yetis...and the loathsome team from Dr. Pravus’s school. 

by Sheila Grau - Children's 8-12, Fairy Tale, Fantasy

Every resident of the planet Yipsmix has synesthesia --- they don’t just hear sounds; they see and taste them, too. On this unusual planet, poor Jaq Rollop must save his family’s farm. To do so, Jaq is forced to sell his beloved pet and only friend. Trusting and naive, Jaq gets swindled into trading his pet for a seemingly worthless key. But then something very strange happens. The key leads Jaq through a wormhole to a terrifying and magical land full of riches, overwhelming sensations and giants. The name of this frightening land? Earth.

Written by Sheila Grau with illustrations by Joe Sutphin. - Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Juvenile Fiction, Mystery
Someone cursed Runt Higgins to die on his sixteenth birthday, but no one seems to know who cursed him or why. Runt decides he must find the Great Library, where all true knowledge is hidden. Unfortunately, the only people who know the location of the Great Library are a covert network of librarian-spies who’d rather die than give up the Library’s secrets. And when one of Runt’s professors is attacked, it soon becomes clear that others are also out to find the Library at any cost.
Written by Sheila Grau with illustrations by Joe Sutphin - Fiction, Mystery

Welcome to Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions, the premier trainer of minions for Evil Overlords everywhere. No student is prouder to be at Dr. Critchlore’s than Runt Higgins, a twelve-year-old werewolf. He loves his classes --- like History of Henchmen and Introduction to Explosives. He loves his friends --- like Darthin the gargoyle and Syke the tree nymph. And he loves his foster family, who took him in when his wolf pack couldn’t. After a series of disasters, each worse than the next, it’s clear that someone is trying to shut the school down. It’s up to Runt, who knows the place better than anybody, to figure out who’s behind the attack...and to save his home, and Dr. Critchlore himself, from total destruction.