Individual Author Record
Name: Greg Leitich SmithPen Name: None Genre: Fiction Audience: Children; Born:
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Illinois ConnectionLeitich Smith grew up in a German American neighborhood on the north side of Chicago and attended Lane Tech High School. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Biographical and Professional InformationGreg Leitich Smith is co-author (with his wife, New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith) of the picture book ''Santa Knows'' and the young adult short story ''The Wrath of Dawn'', which appeared in the ''Geektastic'' anthology.Originally from Chicago, Greg now lives in Austin, Texas. He holds degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Texas at Austin, and a degree in law from the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor.
- Borrowed Time, Clarion, 2015
- Chronal Engine, HMH Books for Young Readers, 2012 - reprinted 2013
- Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn, Macmillan, 2014
- Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo, Little Brown, 2003 - reprinted 2013
- Santa Knows, Dutton, 2006 - written with Cynthia Leitich Smith
- Tofu and T. Rex, Little Brown, 2005 - reprinted 2013
Titles At Your Library
Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo
ISBN: 1623520290 IntoPrint Publishing. 2013 Elias, Shohei, and Honoria have always been a trio united against That Which Is The Peshtigo School. But suddenly it seems that understanding and sticking up for a best friend isn’t as easy as it used to be. Elias, reluctant science fair participant, finds himself defying the authority of Mr. Ethan Eden, teacher king of chem lab. Shohei, all-around slacker, is approaching a showdown with his adoptive parents, who have decided that he needs to start “hearing” his ancestors. And Honoria, legal counsel extraordinaire, discovers that telling a best friend you like him, without actually telling him, is a lot harder than battling Goliath Reed or getting a piranha to become vegetarian. What three best friends find out about the Land of the Rising Sun, Pygocentrus nattereri, and Galileo’s choice, among other things, makes for a hilarious and intelligent read filled with wit, wisdom, and a little bit of science. Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner 2003 Writers’ League of Texas Teddy Award, 2004 A Junior Library Guild Selection An ALA Popular Paperback for Young Adult Readers, 2006 Nominee, Georgia Children’s Book Award, 2005-2006 Featured, Texas Book Festival “A school story, a romance, a courtroom drama, a comedy–Smith has put it all together in one book with three great characters–kids who are both brainy AND funny. I wish I’d known them when I was growing up.” –Linda Sue Park, Newbery Award Winning Author of A Single Shard. “A fresh, unusual story of friendship and honesty, riddled with wit, intelligence, and more than a few chuckles.” –School Library Journal “[A] fast-paced send up of school life. Smith achieves just the right balance of intelligent wit and drama in his first novel.” –Booklist “Smith’s sparkling debut offers three seventh grade narrators, each of them precocious, intelligent, and wickedly funny…Readers will identify with these smart characters and enjoy the vicarious attendance at their idiosyncratic school.” –Publisher’s Weekly Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo is published in Japan by Poplar Sha and in Korea by DongSanSa.
Tofu and T. rex
ISBN: 0316777226 Little, Brown Young Readers. 2005 Hans-Peter, who enjoys working in his family's Chicago delicatessen, applies for admission to the prestigious Peshtigo School that his cousin Freddie, a vegan and outspoken animal rights activist, attends. By the author of
ISBN: 0525477578 Dutton Books for Young Readers. 2006 Cantankerous child Alfie F. Snorklepuss, who tells everyone who will listen that Santa Claus doesn't exist, gets a much-needed attitude adjustment from the man in red who takes him on an eye-opening journey to the North Pole.
ISBN: 0544022777 HMH Books for Young Readers. 2013 When Max, Kyle, and Emma are sent to live with their grandfather, they think their summer is ruined. But after Emma is kidnapped at the exact time that her grandfather predicted, Max and Kyle are forced to believe his story about the time machine in the basement.
To save Emma, Max, Kyle, and their new friend Petra must take the trip of a lifetime — to the Cretaceous period. Soon they find themselves dodging killer insects, velociraptors, and the terrifying T. rex. Can thesethree contemporary teens hunt down a kidnapper, forage for food, and survive long enough to return home?
Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn
ISBN: 125006287X Square Fish. 2015
Beach culture and UFOs collide in this lighthearted adventure story about an alien encounter at an aging Cocoa Beach motel.
ISBN: 0544237110 Clarion Books. 2015
Praise for Chronal Engine:
“Think Survivor and Robinson Crusoe, with a helping of Jurassic Park and a seasoning of The Time Machine.” —School Library Journal
“This is exactly the book young dino fans would write themselves.” —Booklist
In this time-travel dinosaur adventure, Max Pierson-Takahashi and his friend Petra return to the days of the dinosaurs, where they must survive attacks from mosasaurs, tyrannosaurs, and other deadly creatures, including a vengeful, pistol-toting girl from the 1920s. The fast pace, mind-bending time twists, and Greg Leitich Smith’s light, humorous touch make this an exciting, fun choice for readers looking for adventure and nonstop action.