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Louis Sachar
Sachar at the 2006 Texas Book Festival
Born (1954-03-20) March 20, 1954 (age 67)
East Meadow, New York, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Hastings College of the Law
GenresChildren's fiction
Spouse(s)Carla Askew


Louis Sachar (/ˈsækər/ SAK-ər; born March 20, 1954) is an American children's book author. His best known books are the Wayside School series and the award-winner, Holes novel.

Holes won the 1998 U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature[1] and the 1999 Newbery Medal for the year's "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children".[2] In 2013 it was ranked number six among all-time children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal.[3]

Louis Sachar was born in East Meadow, New York United States.


Wayside School
Marvin Redpost
  • 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)
Holes series

Other books


  1. 1.0 1.1 "National Book Awards – 1998". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
    (With acceptance speech by Sachar.)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922–Present". Association for Library Service to Children. (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA).
      "The John Newbery Medal". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  3. Bird, Elizabeth (July 7, 2012). "Top 100 Chapter Book Poll Results". A Fuse #8 Production. Blog. School Library Journal ( Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  4. "Pig City by Louis Sachar". The Bookbag ( October 24, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-27.