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Peter Lerangis (born in Brooklyn, New York in 1955) is an author of children's and young-adult fiction, best known for his Seven Wonders series.
Life and Career [ edit ]
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Lerangis's work includes
and The Viper's Nest , three titles in the The Sword Thief New York Times-bestselling children's-book series , along with the second entry in a four-novella collection, The 39 Clues . This book served as an introduction to a six-book Vespers Rising 39 Clues sequel entitled Cahills Vs. Vespers, for which he wrote the third book, [1 ] . His other books include the historical novel The Dead of the Night , the YA novel Smiler's Bones Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am (with Harry Mazer), the YA dark comedy-adventure novel wtf, the series, the Drama Club series, the Spy X Watchers series, the Abracadabra series, and the Antarctica two-book adventure, as well ghost-writing for series such as the , the Three Investigators , Hardy Boys Casefiles , and more than forty books in the series Sweet Valley Twins and its various spin-offs. The Baby-sitters Club He has also written novels based on film screenplays, including [2 ] , The Sixth Sense , and Sleepy Hollow , and five Beauty and the Beast video game novelizations in the Worlds of Power series created by Seth Godin. As a [3 ] ghostwriter he has been published under the name A. L. Singer. [4 ]
Lerangis is the son of a retired New York Telephone Company employee and a retired public-elementary-school secretary, who raised him in
Freeport, New York on Long Island. He graduated from Harvard University with a degree in biochemistry, while acting in musicals and singing with and musically directing the [5 ] group the a cappella Harvard Krokodiloes, [6 ] before moving to New York. He worked there as an actor [7 ] and [8 ] freelance copy editor for eight years before becoming an author. [9 ]
In 2003, Lerangis was chosen by First Lady
Laura Bush to accompany her to the first Russian Book Festival, hosted by Russian First Lady Lyudmila Putina in Moscow. [10 ] Authors [11 ] R. L. Stine ( ) and Goosebumps Marc Brown (the Arthur the Aardvark series) also made the trip with Bush. [10 ]
Also in 2003, Lerangis was commissioned by the
United Kingdom branch of Scholastic to write X-Isle, one of four books that would relaunch the series there. Point Horror A sequel, [12 ] Return to X-Isle, was published in 2004.
In 2007, Scholastic announced the launch of a new historical mystery series called
The 39 Clues, intended to become a franchise. Lerangis wrote the third book in the series, [13 ] The Sword Thief, published in March 2009. [14 ] [15 ] On March 3, 2009, Scholastic announced that Lerangis would write the seventh book in the series, [16 ] The Viper's Nest. [15 ] [17 ]
Lerangis lives in
New York City with his wife, musician Tina deVaron, and their sons Nick and Joe. [18 ]
Bibliography [ edit ]
Seven Wonders series [ edit ]
The Colossus Rises (February 5, 2013)
Lost in Babylon (October 29, 2013)
The Tomb of Shadows (will be released on May 13, 2014)
The 39 Clues series [ edit ]
The 39 Clues
The Sword Thief (March 3, 2009)
(April 5, 2011) Vespers Rising
The Viper's Nest (February 2, 2010)
The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers series [ edit ]
The Dead of Night (March 6, 2012)
Antarctica series (with Jim Talbot) [ edit ]
Escape from Disaster (March 20, 2012)
Journey to the Pole (March 20, 2012)
Drama Club series [ edit ]
The Fall Musical (September 6, 2007)
The Big Production (September 6, 2007)
Too Hot! (March 13, 2008)
Summer Stars (July 17, 2008)
Spy X series [ edit ]
The Code (July 1, 2004 - Scholastic Paperbacks)
Hide and Seek (October 1, 2004 - Scholastic Paperbacks)
Proof Positive (January 1, 2005 - Scholastic Paperbacks)
Tunnel Vision (May 1, 2005 - Scholastic Paperbacks)
Abracadabra series [ edit ]
Poof! Rabbits Everywhere (April 1, 2002)
Boo! Ghosts in School (April 1, 2002)
Presto! Magic Treasure (July 2002)
Yeeps!: Secrets in the Statue (October 1, 2002)
Zap! Science Fair Surprise! (January 2003)
Yikes! It's Alive! (April 2003)
Whoa! Amusement Park Gone Wild! (August 23, 2011)
Wow! Blast from the Past! (October 2003)
Watchers series [ edit ]
Last Stop (November 1, 1998)
Rewind (November 1, 1998)
I.D. (January 1, 1999)
War (April 1999)
Island (July 1, 1999)
Lab 6 (October 1, 1999)
Others/Miscellaneous [ edit ]
Smiler's Bone (February 1, 2005)
wtf (November 10, 2009)
Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am with Harry Mazer (February 7, 2012)
Last Stop, the first book in Lerangis's science fiction/mystery series Watchers, was selected by the American Library Association as a 1999 Best Book for Reluctant Readers. [9 ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Announcement of sequel to The 39 Clues"
^ , July 30, 1990, "Worlds of Power" series review by Ralph Novak People
^ "Divine Decadence and Dollars" Klein, Julia M.. The Harvard Crimson, 1976-05-13
^ "Perfect Tone, in a Key That’s Mostly Minor." Rapkin, Mickey. , 2008-03-23, Sunday Styles section, p. 1. The New York Times
^ Notable Alumni of the Harvard Krokodiloes
^ "The Uncertain Joys of A Young Actor's Life." Colt, George Howe. , 1980-12-21, Arts and Leisure section, p. 1. The New York Times
^ a b Peter Lerangis at Scholastic.com. Retrieved on 2007-12-18.
^ a b Loven, Jennifer. "Laura Bush hopes to counter resentment of U.S. on trip to France, Russia." , 2003-09-27, p. 5. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
^ Website of First Lady Laura Bush.
^ "New life for teen horror stories." The Bookseller, 2003-07-18, p. 28.
^ "Scholastic plans to put its branding iron on a successor to Harry Potter." Rich, Motoko. , 2007-12-18, p. E1. The New York Times
^ Amazon.com page confirming book title of third 39 Clues book.
^ a b Scholastic Press Release (March 3, 2009). "Worldwide Hunt for 'The 39 Clues' Continues Today with Release of 'Book 3:The Sword Thief,' More Clues Revealed, and Multi-City Author Tour ( http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Scholastic-NASDAQ-SCHL-956445.html)
^ Scholastic Inc. FAQ sheet regarding The 39 Clues.
^ Scholastic Media Joins Post Cereals for The 39 Clues "Race to Win" Sweepstakes
^ a b Peter Lerangis at SFBookcase.com. Retrieved on 2007-12-18.
^ 2000 Children's Choice Books. Retrieved on 2008-02-03.
^ 2006 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age. Retrieved on 2008-02-03.