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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Greg Leitich Smith  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILD Fiction



Illinois Connection

Leitich 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 Information

Greg 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.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo''''' *Parents’ Choice Gold Award, 2003 *Writers’ League of Texas Teddy, 2004 *Junior Library Guild Selection *ALA Popular Paperback for Young Adult Readers, 2006 *Featured Book, Texas Book Festival '''''Tofu and T. Rex''''' *Finalist, Writers League of Texas Teddy *Finalist, Texas State Reading Association Golden Spur Award *Featured Book, Texas Book Festival '''''Chronal Engine''''' *Junior Library Guild Selection