Ofer Aronskind

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Ofer Aronskind is an American author of young adult novels, as well as an attorney and a real-estate investor.[1] His stories focus on kids' adventures and typical coming-of-age topics such as making new friends, self-discovery, and gaining confidence.


Aronskind's primary goal is to write books that boys will want to read.[citation needed] His writing frequently draws upon his own life experiences, as well as those of his sons. His first two books, Summer Sleep-Away and That Same Summer, are loosely based on adventures and anecdotes from the summer camp that his family operated in The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.[2]


Aronskind was born to an Jewish family in Tel Aviv, Israel and migrated to the United States in the summer of 1969, at the age of six.[3] His father was a professional soccer player in Israel and was recruited by Adelphi University on Long Island to play on the school team.[citation needed] The Aronskinds settled in Great Neck, Long Island, but soon moved to neighboring Little Neck in Queens.[citation needed] The entire family spent their summers at sleep-away camps in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, where both of his parents worked while he and his sister were campers.[citation needed] Aronskind graduated from Cardozo High School in 1981; he attended Binghamton University and then transferred to SUNY Albany, from which he graduated with a BA in English in 1985.[citation needed]

Aronskind then traveled to Los Angeles, where he wrote and optioned a screenplay.[citation needed] After a year he returned East to attend St. John's University School of Law. After graduating law school in 1989,[citation needed] Aronskind took a job with the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges where he practiced real estate law for the next decade.[citation needed] He remained there until 1997, at which time he left the practice of law in order to pursue real estate investment opportunities.[citation needed] Aronskind has three sons and currently lives in Short Hills, New Jersey. He spends his days writing, managing his real estate holdings, and raising his three teenage sons.


  • Summer Sleep-Away (2006):
  • That Same Summer (2009)
  • Escape from Sunday School (2009)
  • The Celebrities of Summer School (2010)
  • This Side of the Street (2013)
  • The Upstate Boys (2016)


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