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Louis Sachar
Born: March 20, 1954 (1954-03-20) (age 53)
East Meadow, New York
Occupation: Author
Genres: Children's literature
Debut works: Sideways Stories From Wayside School (1978)
Influences: Margaret Atwood, E. L. Doctorow, Richard Price, J. D. Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut, E.B. White
Website: www.louissachar.com

Louis Sachar (IPA: [sækɚ], or "Sacker") (born March 20, 1954) is an American author of children's books who is best known for the Sideways Stories From Wayside School book series and the 1998 novel Holes, for which Sachar won a National Book Award and the Newbery Medal. is the 79th day of the year (80th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... East Meadow is a hamlet (and census-designated place or CDP) in New York State, United States. ... This article is about the state. ... This article is about work. ... Authorship redirects here. ... A literary genre is one of the divisions of literature into genres according to particular criteria such as literary technique, tone, or content. ... “Childrens books” redirects here. ... It is proposed that this article be deleted, because of the following concern: article has nothing much to say - number of pages/chapter and author/illustrator, and thats about it. ... Margaret Eleanor Atwood, OC (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian writer. ... E.L. Doctorow, photograph by Jill Krementz, from back cover of Doctorows 1975 novel Ragtime Edgar Lawrence Doctorow (born January 6, 1931, New York, New York) is the author of several critically acclaimed novels that blend history and social criticism. ... For other persons named Richard Price, see Richard Price (disambiguation). ... Jerome David Salinger (born January 1, 1919) is an American author best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, as well as his reclusive nature; he has not published any new work since 1965 and has not granted a formal interview since 1980. ... Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. ... Elwyn Brooks White (July 11, 1899–October 1, 1985) was an American essayist, author, and noted prose stylist. ... Articles with similar titles include the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... is the 79th day of the year (80th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Authorship redirects here. ... “Childrens books” redirects here. ... The Sideways Stories From Wayside School series is a popular series of childrens books by Louis Sachar. ... Holes is a Newbery Medal-winning novel by Louis Sachar. ... The National Book Awards is one of the most preeminent literary prizes in the United States. ... The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the outstanding American book for children. ...

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Biography

Louis Sachar was born in East Meadow, New York to Robert and Ruth (Furman) Sachar, and moved to Tustin, California when he was nine. He grew up in "a happy, normal suburban family,"[1] and though he enjoyed school, he did not become interested in reading and writing until high school, when he was inspired by the work of J. D. Salinger and Kurt Vonnegut.[1][2] East Meadow is a hamlet (and census-designated place or CDP) in New York State, United States. ... This article is about the state. ... Location of Tustin within Orange County, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Jerome David Salinger (born January 1, 1919) is an American author best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, as well as his reclusive nature; he has not published any new work since 1965 and has not granted a formal interview since 1980. ... Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. ...


After graduating from high school, Sachar attended Antioch College for a semester before transferring to University of California, Berkeley, during which time he began working at an elementary school to earn college credit.[2] Sachar later recalled, Antioch College is a private, independent liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio and is the founder and flagship institution of the six campus Antioch University system. ... Sather tower (the Campanile) looking out over the San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais. ... A primary school in Český Těšín, Poland Primary education is the first stage of compulsory education. ...

I thought it over and decided it was a pretty good deal. College credits, no homework, no term papers, no tests, all I had to do was help out in a second/third grade class at Hillside Elementary School. Besides helping out in a classroom, I also became the Noontime Supervisor, or "Louis the Yard Teacher" as I was known to the kids. It became my favorite college class, and a life changing experience.[2]

Sachar graduated from UC Berkeley in 1976 with a degree in Economics, and began working on Sideways Stories From Wayside School, a children's book set at an elementary school with supernatural elements. Although the book's students were named after children from Hillside and there is a presumably autobiographical character named "Louis the Yard Teacher,"[2] Sachar has said that he draws very little from personal experience, explaining that "....my personal experiences are kind of boring. I have to make up what I put in my books."[3] There is also a Hillside Senior Public School in Canada. ... ‹ The template below is being considered for deletion. ... It is proposed that this article be deleted, because of the following concern: article has nothing much to say - number of pages/chapter and author/illustrator, and thats about it. ... Look up Supernatural in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ...


Sachar wrote the book at night over the course of nine months, during which he worked during the day in a Connecticut sweater warehouse.[2] After being fired from the warehouse, Sachar decided to go to law school, around which time Sideways Stories From Wayside School was accepted for publication. The book was released in 1978; though it was not widely distributed and subsequently did not sell very well, Sachar began to accumulate a fan base among young readers.[4] Sachar graduated from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1980 and did part-time legal work while continuing to write children's books.[5] By 1989, his books were selling well enough that Sachar was able to begin writing full-time.[2] Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Largest metro area Hartford Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,543[2] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... // A law school is an institution where future lawyers obtain legal degrees. ... UC Hastings College of the Law - close to San Francisco courts and law firms University of California, Hastings College of the Law is a law school located in downtown San Francisco, California. ...


In 1998, Sachar published what has become his best-known book, Holes.[1] A darker and scarier work than his previous books,[4] Holes tells the story of Stanley Yelnats, an adolescent who is wrongfully convicted of stealing a pair of sneakers and sentenced to spend 18 months at Camp Green Lake, a boy's juvenile detention center in which all the boys are forced to dig holes. Holes sold more than five million copies and won several awards,[5] among them the 1998 National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the 1999 Newbery Medal, which "is the highest honor accorded to children's literature in the United States."[4] As of 2006, Holes remains the only book to have won both awards. When Holes was made into a film in 2003, Sachar wrote the screenplay and made a cameo appearance as Mr. Collingwood. Holes is a Newbery Medal-winning novel by Louis Sachar. ... Stanley Elya Caveman Yelnats IV is a character in the novel Holes. ... The National Book Awards is one of the most preeminent literary prizes in the United States. ... The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the outstanding American book for children. ... Holes is a 2003 film based on the novel of the same title by Louis Sachar. ... A cameo role or cameo appearance (often shortened to just cameo) is a brief appearance of a known person in a work of the performing arts, such as plays, films, video games and television. ...


Though Sachar followed Holes with four new installments in the Marvin Redpost book series in 1999 and 2000, and a short Holes spin-off, Stanley Yelnats' Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake, in 2003, the author did not publish another full-length novel in the eight years following Holes. He admitted in 2006 that "being caught up in the whirlwind of Hollywood" during the making of the film Holes was a distraction that made it hard to get back into the "mindset" of writing.[5] During a particularly frustrating part of the film's production, Sachar said he worked for a few weeks on "a follow-up novel that had [Holes characters] X-Ray complaining to Armpit about Hollywood ripping off their story."[5] In 2006, he released the full-length novel Small Steps, which features some of the characters from Holes. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Louis Sachar. ... Stanley Yelnats Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake is a 2003 novel by Louis Sachar. ... Small Steps is a young adult novel by Louis Sachar written in 2006. ...


When asked in 2006 about his plans for the future, Sachar replied, "I doubt I will write any more about the Holes characters....I don't have any current plans to [write more Wayside School stories], but I imagine I will someday."[3]


Personal life

Sachar married Carla Jean Askew, an elementary school counselor, in 1985. They live in Austin, Texas, and have a daughter, Sherre (b. January 19, 1987.) Sachar has referenced both his wife and daughter in his books; Carla was the inspiration for the counselor in There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom (1988),[2] and Sherre, who was four when the first Marvin Redpost book was written, was the basis for Marvin's four-year-old sister.[3] // A school counselor is a counselor and educator who works in schools, and are often referred to as guidance counselors or educational counselors. In professional literature, the term school counselor is preferred. ... Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas, the county seat of Travis County, and home to the University of Texas at Austin. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Theres a Boy in the Girls Bathroom is a juvenile fiction book from the author Louis Sachar. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Louis Sachar. ...


Bibliography

Sideways Stories From Wayside School series

The Sideways Stories From Wayside School series is a popular series of childrens books by Louis Sachar. ... It is proposed that this article be deleted, because of the following concern: article has nothing much to say - number of pages/chapter and author/illustrator, and thats about it. ... × Warning:Spoiler This article may give away facts that would spoil the book Wayside School is Falling Down is an 1989 childrens book by American author Louis Sachar, and the second book in his Sideways Stories From Wayside School series. ... Sideways Arithmetic From Wayside School is the fourth or first side-novel consisting of fifteen chapters and 89 pages of the series Sideways Stories From Wayside School. ... More Sideways Arithmetic From Wayside School is the fourth novel in the Wayside School series of novels by Louis Sachar. ... Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger is a 1995 childrens book by American author Louis Sachar, and the third book in his Sideways Stories From Wayside School series. ...

Marvin Redpost series

  • Kidnapped at Birth? (1992)
  • Why Pick On Me? (1993)
  • Is He a Girl? (1993)
  • Alone In His Teacher's House (1994)
  • Class President (1999)
  • A Flying Birthday Cake? (1999)
  • Super Fast Out of Control! (2000)
  • A Magic Crystal? (2000)

It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Louis Sachar. ...

Holes series

Holes is a Newbery Medal-winning novel by Louis Sachar. ... Stanley Yelnats Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake is a 2003 novel by Louis Sachar. ... Small Steps is a young adult novel by Louis Sachar written in 2006. ...

Other books

The older cover for Sachars Someday Angeline. ... Sixth Grade Secrets is a novel by Louis Sachar. ... Theres a Boy in the Girls Bathroom is a juvenile fiction book from the author Louis Sachar. ... The Boy Who Lost His Face (ISBN 0679886222) is a novel by Louis Sachar. ... Dogs Dont Tell Jokes is a book by acclaimed childrens book author Louis Sachar. ...

References

  1. ^ a b c Blais, Jacqueline. "For Sachar, childhood is perilous", USA Today, 2006-01-09. Retrieved on 2007-07-18.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Author Bio", Louis Sachar's Official Web Site, 2002. Retrieved on 2007-07-14.
  3. ^ a b c "Louis Sachar Interview Transcript", Scholastic.com, 2006-02-23. Retrieved on 2007-07-18.
  4. ^ a b c Strickland, Barbara. "Louis Sachar: Top of His Class", The Austin Chronicle 18.26, 1999-02-26. Retrieved on 2007-07-24.
  5. ^ a b c d Goodnow, Cecelia. "Author Louis Sachar returns with a spinoff of his kids classic, 'Holes'", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2006-01-10. Retrieved on 2007-07-24.

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NAME Sachar, Louis
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION American children's author
DATE OF BIRTH March 20, 1954
PLACE OF BIRTH East Meadow, New York
DATE OF DEATH
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Holes (4393 words)
Louis Sachar: Well, some children's books I feel try to pander to kids, make, you know, jokes that are somewhat in bad taste or, I mean, it's hard choosing a word, let me think about it a minute.
Louis Sachar: I imagine there are parts that are boring, especially during the first draft, where I am just trying to figure out what happens, when I'm taking the character through the daily process.
Louis Sachar: No. It could be how the character is feeling, it could be, it tends to be action, but I don't think in those terms, I just think in terms of what's interesting to read, how I am going to get the character.
Author Profile:Louis Sachar -Sharron McElmeel (1322 words)
Sachar began to write in 1976, during his final year in undergraduate school at the University of California in Berkeley.
Sachar knew the treasure would have been buried by Kissin Kate Barlow and that the warden would be her granddaughter who would use the inmates as slaves in an attempt to find the treasure.
Sachar's books about Wayside School have been immensely popular with intermediate and early middle school readers, and his Marvin Redpost books are often chosen by readers who are just becoming comfortable with chapter books.
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