Alan Gratz, Award Winning Author Visits

Alan Gratz, Award Winning Author Visits
Posted on 05/31/2018
Alan Gratz

Alan Gratz, New York Times best-selling author of a number of novels for young adults, visited Phoenixville Area Middle School on April 23.  Alan Gratz’s first novel, Samurai Shortstop, won the ALA award for top 10 books for young people in 2007.  His middle grade novel Prisoner B-3087, which captures the true story of Jack Gruener, a man that survived ten concentration camps during the holocaust, has won ten awards, including the YASA award for Best Fiction for Young Readers.  One of his newest novels, Refugee, was selected as the Global Read Aloud book for the 2018-2019 school year. 

During Alan Gratz’s visit, he presented three, engaging presentations, one to each grade level.  During the presentation, Mr. Gratz allowed students to choose their own presentation, paralleling his favorite childhood book series Choose Your Own Adventure.   Mr. Gratz was inspirational and motivational.  One student wrote to Mr. Gratz after the presentation, “When I was younger I wanted to be a writer, but I gave up but you’ve inspired me to write again.”  Mr. Gratz was also able to enjoy lunch with 18 students who had created posters that welcomed him as he entered the school.  He even signed all the posters and many books as well. Two of the PAMS Press star reporters, Lilly Sivco and Ricardo Marroquin, also had an opportunity to interview the author for an upcoming issue of the Newspaper.

Special thank you to Mrs. McMannus, Mrs. Cannon and the PAMS Home and School association for arranging and funding 50% of the event.  Special thank you to Ms. Turk for organizing the event and covering the other 50% of the event with funds earned from the PAMS Fall Book Fair.

Check out his website.

Take a tour of the place where he writes all his books!


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