Peter Lerangis

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Peter Lerangis
Peter Lerangis
Peter Lerangis
BornBrooklyn, New York, USA
NationalityUnited States
EducationHarvard University [1]
Notable worksSeven Wonders series 39 clues series
SpouseTina deVaron

Peter Duncan Lerangis[2] (born in Brooklyn, New York in 1955) is an American author of children's and young adult fiction, best known for his Seven Wonders series and his 39 clues series.

Life and career[edit]

Lerangis's work includes the Seven Wonders series, all five books of which made The New York Times Best Seller list for Children's Books. He was also the author of The Viper's Nest and The Sword Thief, two titles in the New York Times-bestselling children's-book series The 39 Clues, along with the second entry in a four-novella collection, Vespers Rising. This book served as an introduction to a six-book 39 Clues sequel entitled Cahills Vs. Vespers,[3] for which he wrote the third book, The Dead of the Night. His other books include the historical novel Smiler's Bones, the YA novel Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am (with Harry Mazer), the YA dark comedy-adventure novel wtf, the Drama Club series, the Spy X series, the Watchers series, the Abracadabra series, and the Antarctica two-book adventure, as well ghost-writing for series such as the Three Investigators, the Hardy Boys Casefiles, Sweet Valley Twins, and more than forty books in the series The Baby-sitters Club and its various spin-offs.[4] He has also written novels based on film screenplays, including The Sixth Sense, Sleepy Hollow, and Beauty and the Beast, and five video game novelizations in the Worlds of Power series created by Seth Godin.[5] As a ghostwriter he has been published under the name A. L. Singer.[6]

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[7] and singing with and musically directing the a cappella group the Harvard Krokodiloes,[8][9] before moving to New York. Peter was said to have been classmates with Bill Gates in college before he dropped out and founded the company Microsoft. He worked there as an actor[10] and freelance copy editor for eight years before becoming an author.[11]

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.[12][13] Authors R. L. Stine (Goosebumps) and Marc Brown (the Arthur the Aardvark series) also made the trip with Bush.[12]

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 Point Horror series there.[14] A sequel, 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.[15] Lerangis wrote the third book in the series, The Sword Thief, published in March 2009.[16][17][18] On March 3, 2009, Scholastic announced that Lerangis would write the seventh book in the series, The Viper's Nest.[17][19]

In 2016, Lerangis traveled to Patan Dhoka, Nepal where he was the guest speaker at Bal Sahitya Mahotsav, the first children's literature festival in Nepal.[20]

Lerangis lives in New York City with his wife, musician Tina deVaron, and their sons Nick and Joe.[21]


Seven Wonders series[edit]

  1. The Colossus Rises (February 5, 2013)
  2. Lost in Babylon (October 29, 2013)
  3. The Tomb of Shadows (May 13, 2014)
  4. The Curse of the King (March 3, 2015)
  5. The Legend of the Rift (March 8, 2016)

Seven Wonders (series) Journals

  1. The Select and The Orphan (April 22, 2014)
  2. The Key (February 10, 2015)
  3. The Promise (February 9, 2016)

The 39 Clues series[edit]

  1. The Sword Thief (March 3, 2009)
  2. The Viper's Nest (February 2, 2010)
  3. Vespers Rising (April 5, 2011)

The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers series[edit]

  • The Dead of Night (March 6, 2012)

Drama Club series[edit]

  1. The Fall Musical (September 6, 2007)
  2. The Big Production (September 6, 2007)
  3. Too Hot! (March 13, 2008)
  4. Summer Stars (July 17, 2008)

Spy X series[edit]

  1. The Code (July 1, 2004 - Scholastic)
  2. Hide and Seek (October 1, 2004 - Scholastic)
  3. Proof Positive (January 1, 2005 - Scholastic)
  4. Tunnel Vision (May 1, 2005 - Scholastic)

Abracadabra series (with Jim Talbot)[edit]

  1. Poof! Rabbits Everywhere (April 1, 2002)
  2. Boo! Ghosts in School (April 1, 2002)
  3. Presto! Magic Treasure (July 2002)
  4. Yeeps!: Secrets in the Statue (October 1, 2002)
  5. Zap! Science Fair Surprise! (January 2003)
  6. Yikes! It's Alive! (April 2003)
  7. Whoa! Amusement Park Gone Wild! (July 1, 2003)
  8. Wow! Blast from the Past! (October 2003)

Antarctica series[edit]

  1. Journey to the Pole (2000, eBook reissue March 20, 2012)
  2. Escape from Disaster (2000, eBook reissue March 20, 2012)

Watchers series[edit]

  1. Last Stop (November 1, 1998, eBook reissue March 20, 2012 [22])
  2. Rewind (November 1, 1998, eBook reissue March 20, 2012)
  3. I.D. (January 1, 1999, eBook reissue March 20, 2012)
  4. War (April 1999, eBook reissue March 20, 2012)
  5. Island (July 1, 1999, eBook reissue March 20, 2012)
  6. Lab 6 (October 1, 1999, eBook reissue March 20, 2012)


  • Smiler's Bones (February 1, 2005)
  • wtf (November 10, 2009)
  • Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am with Harry Mazer (February 7, 2012)



  1. ^
  2. ^ Peter Then and Now from
  3. ^ "Announcement of sequel to The 39 Clues"
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-23. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  5. ^ People, July 30, 1990, "Worlds of Power" series review by Ralph Novak
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Divine Decadence and Dollars"[permanent dead link] Klein, Julia M.. The Harvard Crimson, 1976-05-13
  8. ^ "Perfect Tone, in a Key That’s Mostly Minor." Rapkin, Mickey. The New York Times, 2008-03-23, Sunday Styles section, p. 1.
  9. ^ Notable Alumni of the Harvard Krokodiloes
  10. ^ "The Uncertain Joys of A Young Actor's Life." Colt, George Howe. The New York Times, 1980-12-21, Arts and Leisure section, p. 1.
  11. ^ a b Peter Lerangis at Archived 2007-12-26 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 2007-12-18.
  12. ^ a b Loven, Jennifer. "Laura Bush hopes to counter resentment of U.S. on trip to France, Russia." St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2003-09-27, p. 5.
  13. ^ Website of First Lady Laura Bush.
  14. ^ "New life for teen horror stories." The Bookseller, 2003-07-18, p. 28.
  15. ^ "Scholastic plans to put its branding iron on a successor to Harry Potter." Rich, Motoko. The New York Times, 2007-12-18, p. E1.
  16. ^ page confirming book title of third 39 Clues book.
  17. ^ 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 (
  18. ^ Scholastic Inc. FAQ sheet regarding The 39 Clues.
  19. ^ Scholastic Media Joins Post Cereals for The 39 Clues "Race to Win" Sweepstakes
  20. ^ "Conferences & Workshop | Rato Bangala Foundation". Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  21. ^ a b Peter Lerangis at Retrieved on 2007-12-18.
  22. ^
  23. ^ 2000 Children's Choice Books Archived 2006-09-29 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 2008-02-03.
  24. ^ 2006 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age. Retrieved on 2008-02-03.
  25. ^ 2013 ALA Schneider Family Award
  26. ^ 2013 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults
  27. ^ Seven Wonders Junior Library Guild selections