Adam Gidwitz

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Adam Gidwitz was born in San Francisco in 1982, but moved to Baltimore when he was two and a half. Adam spent his entire middle school career in the principal's office. One day he promises to write a book about all of the ways to be sent to the principal's office during middle school. He estimates that it will have about three hundred and forty-five thousand chapters long.

Thankfully, Adam straightened himself out during high school and ended up going to college in New York City to study English literature. He spent his third year of college in England, walking around the old university town, eating beef pasties and sitting in parks reading John Keats all day long. It was in that year that Adam discovered he could be a writer – himself, a beef pasty, and his imagination is all he needs to be happy.

After returning to New York and graduating, Adam began teaching second grade at Saint Ann’s School, Brooklyn, and attending Bank Street College of Education in the evenings. At this time, he spent his days telling stories to children, while at night he was meeting writers, reading bags full of children's books and thinking about how it all went together. Adam now spends most of his time either writing or travelling across the United States, visiting schools and sharing his stories with children.

Author's Comment: I thought about majoring in religion, and then in philosophy, but ultimately chose English literature, because I think that the deepest truths about life tend to be written in works of fiction. Also, you can't beat the homework in English: "You’ll like this book! And this one! Try this book, it's amazing!"

Nationality: American

Featured series by Adam Gidwitz

Tales Dark and Grimm - Age 10 & up