Gutman speaking in South Orange, NJ, 2011
October 19, 1955 |
New York City, New York, USA
|Genres||Children's historical fiction, historical fantasy, humor|
|Subjects||Video games, baseball history, sports biography|
Dan P. Gutman (born October 19, 1955) is an American writer, primarily of children's fiction.
His best known works are the Baseball Card Adventures children's book series which started off with Honus & Me. Each book in the series revolves around a child traveling back in time to meet a baseball legend; the first work is based on the premise of a boy finding a Honus Wagner T206 baseball card in the attic of his neighbor. Further books in the series feature Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Dorothy Maguire, Abner Doubleday, Satchel Paige, Jim Thorpe, Ray Chapman, Roberto Clemente, and Ted Williams. The original story, Honus & Me, was made into a Turner Network Television made-for-TV picture entitled The Winning Season, starring Matthew Modine.
Gutman was born in New York City. He was raised in Newark, New Jersey - by his mother alone from age 13, when his father abandoned them. He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in psychology and started graduate school in that field. As of 2008 he lived in Haddonfield, New Jersey with his wife and two children.
Gutman was a columnist for fifteen years before he started writing books. According to a 2004 online interview with scholastic.com, he started a videogame magazine in 1981. Gutman said, "I started a magazine about video games and suddenly I was an expert in video games. I started writing about them and computers. All for grownups. It took me a long time to realize that writing for grownups was not my thing. It took me a long time to realize that what I was good at was writing for kids." His column appeared regularly in various computer-related magazines, such as Genie Livewire.
He has written over twenty books in the My Weird School series illustrated by Jim Paillot. He has also written the Million Dollar series, featuring children who get a chance to win a million dollars in various sporting events; The Genius Files book series, which is now on the New York Times best seller list at number 10; the Homework Machine series about children who use a machine to do their homework. Gutman also authored the Baseball Card Adventures series illustrated by Steve Chorney. The series features Joe Stoshack, a boy who travels in time upon touching old photographs or baseball cards.
- "The Winning Season". TNT. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
- Nussbaum, Debra. "IN PERSON; His Inner Child Comes Out to Play". The New York Times. September 14, 2003.
- LaGorce, Tammy. "Neighborhood Storytelling". The New York Times. July 13, 2008. Retrieved July 29, 2008.
"Dan Gutman, 52, of Haddonfield, N.J., and the author of sports-themed books and the 'My Weird School' series, with titles like Mrs. Dole Is Out of Control, for HarperCollins, said he visited up to 60 schools a year to gather material, including the Scotch Plains Fanwood school district."
- "Live Online Interview with Dan Gutman". April 23, 2004. Election 2004: Kid Reporters Cover the Primaries. Scholastic Teachers (teacher.scholastic.com). Archived 2013-10-20. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
- Official website – with a complete list of publications
- Interview at BookReviewsAndMore.ca
- Biography and list of books at Scholastic Teachers
- Dan Gutman at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Dan Gutman at Library of Congress Authorities, with 124 catalog records