Mr. Sachar received a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.His first book, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, was accepted for publication during his first year of law school.After receiving his law degree, he spent six years asking himself whether he wanted to be an author or a lawyer before deciding to write for children full-time.His books include Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, Theres a Boy in the Girls Bathroom, Wayside School is Falling Down, Dogs Dont Tell Jokes, and the Marvin Redpost series.
Louis Sachar lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and their daughter, Sherre. In His Own Words...
"One thing I would like to know from my favorite authors is who their favorite authors are. So I will begin there. My favorite authors (not necessarily in order) are: E. L. Doctorow; J. D. Salinger; Kurt Vonnegut; Dostoyevski; Tolstoy; Flannery O'Connor; Kinky Friedman; Rex Stout; E. B. White; William Saroyan; John Steinbeck; Dr. Seuss. These are mostly adult authors, which is only fitting, since I am mostly an adult."
"I was born in East Meadow, New York. My father worked on the seventy-eighth floor of the Empire State Building, which I thought was pretty cool. We moved to Tustin, California, when I was nine, not too far from Disneyland."
"I wrote my first children's story as part of a creative writing assignment in high school. That story was called "Apple Power" and was about a mean teacher named Mrs. Gorf who turned her students into apples. My teacher didn't think that I had taken the assignment seriously and suggested I write something else."
"During my last year of college at the University of California at Berkeley, I worked part-time at a nearby elementary school -- Hillside School. I got college credit for being a teacher's aide, and I was paid two dollars an hour to watch over the kids on the playground. My official title was Noontime Supervisor, but the kids called me Louis the yard teacher."
"After graduating from college I wrote Sideways Stories from Wayside School. The kids in the book are named after the kids I knew at Hillside, and, of course, Louis the yard teacher is in there, too."
"I went to law school in San Francisco a year later, and the book was published during my second year. When I graduated in 1980, I had to make the difficult choice between writing and practicing law. I knew I could make a good living practicing law, but I chose to write because it was what I liked to do."
"I met Carla in 1981 while visiting a school in Texas. She was the school counselor and became the inspiration behind the character (also a counselor named Carla) in There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom. When I wrote the book, I didn't know I'd end up marrying her."
"We were married in 1985, and our daughter, Sherre, was horn in 1987. In 1990 we moved from San Francisco to Austin, Texas. We have a dog named Lucky. In my spare time I like to play duplicate bridge."
7 yr old (little bit advanced reader) loved it. There were some controversial parts that were great for parental discussion. The teacher antics were a big hit. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Y mama
This book is about a class. They are located on the 30th story of their school. You'll meet john who can only read upside down. Sammy the stinky one. Read morePublished on April 4 2004
My 7 year old son loved these books, we have all of them, and he keeps re reading them. He couldn't stop talking about all the funny things that go on. Read morePublished on March 30 2004 by L. Clark
These books got me through my elementary school years, my middle school years, and yes, my high school years. Maybe I'll take them with me to college this fall! Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2004 by "torifan2004"
These books are both funny and exiting. The kids in this book are odd but nice and speical in there own way. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2003
This book is so funny and it was a page-turner! I think i would rate it 10 stars out of ten!!! Louis Sachar has done it again. If you liked this book i think you should read... Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2003
My daughter went crazy for the Wayside School series. She read them over and over ... and then read them to me. The stories are kind of scary/weird/silly ... just right for kids.Published on May 23 2003 by Burl M. Finkelstein
My second-grade son can't get enough of these hilarious and wacky stories. We've read them all and can't wait for the next one. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2002 by Teresa S. Elliott