2 BiographyMr. Sachar was born on March 20, 1954 in New York. At the age of nine, he moved to Tustin, California with his family.He attended the University of California at Berkeley and graduated in 1976.While in college he worked as a classroom aide and yard teacher at Hillside Elementary School.
3 BiographyLater on, he attended Hastings Law School in San Francisco and graduated in 1980.After graduation, he passed the bar and worked part-time as a law practitioner.
4 BiographyIn 1989, Mr. Sachar was able to discontinue practicing law in order to pursue his interest as a children’s writer on a full-time basis.Mr. Sachar currently lives with his wife and daughter in Austin, Texas.
5 InspirationMr. Sachar often wrote as a result of his own personal observation of children.His first novel, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, is based on his experiences at Hillside Elementary School.Some of the characters reflect the personalities of several of his previous Hillside Elementary students.Cited
6 Writing StyleThe author utilizes a humorous and simplistic writing style as exemplified in the story called There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom.
7 ThemesOften he writes about the underdog who rises to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles as in the novel, Holes.Author Quote: "I'm not saying it's going to be easy. Nothing in life is easy. But that's no reason to give up.”Author Quote: “You'll be surprised what you can accomplish if you set your mind to it. After all, you only have one life, so you should try to make the most of it."
8 Sideways Series Sideways Stories From Wayside School Series
9 Books 1989: Wayside School is Falling Down 1989: Sideways Arithmetic From Wayside School1994 More Sideways Arithmetic From Wayside School1995: Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger
10 Marvin Redpost Series 1992: Kidnapped at Birth 1993: Why Pick On Me? 1993: Is He a Girl?1994: Alone in His Teacher’s House
11 Marvin Redpost Series 1999: Class President 2000: Super Fast Out of Control!2000: A Magic Crystal?
12 Holes SeriesMr. Sachar’s most successful work is Holes which was written in 1998.
13 Holes Book Awards 1998: Holes The National Book Award New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Bookof the YearNew York Times Outstanding Book of the YearSchool Library Journal Best Book of the YearBoston Globe-Horn Book Award
14 Holes Book Awards Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearNewbery Medal (1999)Became a major motion picture by Disney
15 Other Books in Holes Series 2003: Stanley Yelnats’ Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake2006: Small Steps
16 Other Books 1981: Johnny’s in the Basement 1983: Someday Angeline 1987: Sixth Grade Secrets1988 There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom
17 Other Books 1989: The Boy Who Lost His Face 1991: Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes1992: Monkey Soup2010: The Cardturner
18 What I Think That Students Should Know About the Author Mr. Sachar frequently bases his characters on real people that he has met throughout his life. Often, his characters face adversity and learn how to deal with these issues effectively.
19 What I Think Students Should Know About the Author Mr. Sachar writes realistic fiction about situations that students might face on a daily basis such as: peer group acceptance, racism, and bullying.
20 What I Think That Students Should Know About the Author Mr. Sachar’s simplistic writing style incorporates humorous themes and creative plot structure to formulate a children’s story that connects with a reader.
21 What I Think Students Should Know About the Author I would recommend this author, who has the gift of universal writing appeal, to anyone of any age.
22 Which Louis Sachar Book Would You Like To Read?
23 Works CitedLodge, Sally. "Louis Sachar." Publishers Weekly (2007): 26. Literary Reference Center. EBSCO. Web. 2 July Sachar, Sherre, and Carla Sachar. "Louis Sachar." Horn Book Magazine July 1999: Literary Reference Center. EBSCO. Web. 2 July Wroble, Lisa A. "Louis Sachar." Guide to Literary Masters & Their Works (2007): 1. Literary Reference Center. EBSCO. Web. 2 July 2011.