Alyson Gerber

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Boston, The United States



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February 2012


Alyson Gerber is the author of critically-acclaimed novels BRACED, FOCUSED, and TAKING UP SPACE published by Scholastic. TAKING UP SPACE, which came out in May, was reviewed by the New York Times Book Review as “Thoughtful and powerful.” Her books have a total of five starred reviews between them, have been nominated for nine state book awards, and are all Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selections. FOCUSED was picked as a best book of the year by the Today Show and Kirkus Reviews.

Alyson’s new middle grade mystery series, THE EMMETT SOCIETY, pitched as GOSSIP GIRL meets THE BABY-SITTERS’ CLUB set at an elite New England prep school, will be in stores Spring 2024.

Alyson has an MFA from The New School in Writing for Children. She is a grad

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4.22 avg rating — 2,172 ratings — published 2017 — 5 editions
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4.20 avg rating — 1,541 ratings — published 2019 — 6 editions
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4.30 avg rating — 535 ratings — published 2021 — 5 editions
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“I guess when you don't have another choice, you have to make things happen for yourself, or they won't.”
Alyson Gerber, Braced

“I guess change is pretty scary. Even if it's the good kind.”
Alyson Gerber, Braced

“Everything bad happened already, and it couldn’t have been worse, but you survived it. You’re on the other side.”
Alyson Gerber, Braced


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