Alan Gratz


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Knoxville, The United States
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Alan Gratz was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, home of the 1982 World's Fair. After a carefree but humid childhood, Alan attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a College Scholars degree with a specialization in creative writing, and later, a Master's degree in English education.
In addition to writing plays, magazine articles, and a few episodes of A&E's City Confidential, Alan has taught catapult-building to middle-schoolers, written more than 6,000 radio commercials, sold other people's books, lectured at a Czech university, and traveled the galaxy as a space ranger. (One of those is not true.)

Alan is the author of one of the ALA's 2007 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults, Samurai Shortstop (Dial 2006), and Something
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Refugee

4.50 avg rating — 23,993 ratings — published 2017 — 34 editions
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Prisoner B-3087

4.46 avg rating — 16,186 ratings — published 2013 — 12 editions
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Projekt 1065: A Novel of Wo...

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Ban This Book

4.42 avg rating — 4,254 ratings — published 2017 — 18 editions
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Code of Honor

4.29 avg rating — 3,521 ratings — published 2015 — 11 editions
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Grenade

4.19 avg rating — 2,764 ratings — published 2018 — 7 editions
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The Brooklyn Nine

3.98 avg rating — 1,531 ratings — published 2009 — 7 editions
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Samurai Shortstop

3.91 avg rating — 781 ratings — published 2006 — 13 editions
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Allies

4.30 avg rating — 627 ratings — published 2019 — 7 editions
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Something Rotten (Horatio W...

3.67 avg rating — 681 ratings — published 2007 — 10 editions
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“You can live as a ghost, waiting for death to come, or you can dance.”
Alan Gratz, Refugee

“If I had known what the next six years of my life were going to be like, I would have eaten more. I wouldn't have complained about brushing my teeth, or taking a bath, or going to bed at eight o'clock every night. I would have played more. Laughed more. I would have hugged my parents and told them I loved them. But I was ten years old, and I had no idea of the nightmare that was to come. None of us did.”
Alan Gratz, Prisoner B-3087

“All my life, I kept waiting for things to get better. For the bright promise of mañana. But a funny thing happened while I was waiting for the world to change, Chabele: It didn't. Because I didn't change it.”
Alan Gratz, Refugee

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