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Authors: Louis Sachar

By: Dilan Mehta

Louis Sachar (pronounced sacker) is an award-winning Newbery honor author and acclaimed young adult mystery-comedy writer, with over 30 books! He is best known for his hilarious trilogy, Wayside School, and his bold and exciting mystery, Holes. Both I have read and were great. These books have even been turned into movies!

Louis was born in East Meadow, New York on March 20, 1954. His dad worked on the 78th floor of the Empire State building, so Louis says that was probably what inspired him for Wayside School. Louis attended Antioch College in Ohio and after that, he helped at Hillside Elementary School, where in addition to taking care of the classrooms, he was the "yard teacher".

Once he graduated college in 1976, Louis decided to write a children's book, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, which took him 9 months, based on his experience at Hillside. The book was a success! He has been writing books ever since.

In his spare time, he likes to play bridge. Some of his favorite fellow authors include E.L. Doctorow, Margaret Atwood, E.B White, Richard Price, and Kazuo Ishiguro. You can find out more at

Hope You Enjoyed!

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