Monday, July 22, 2013

Author Bio: Louis Sachar

This is Louis Sachar. You may know him as the author of Holes, or maybe you remember There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom. But to me, he will always be Louis the Yard Teacher from Sideways Stories from Wayside School (this week's review book) and its two sequels.

Sachar graduated from UC Berkeley in 1976. During his time there, he responded to an ad requesting teacher's aides in exchange for 3 class credits. He helped out in a classroom at Hillside Elementary, but was also the Noontime Supervisor (or, to the kids, Louis the Yard Teacher). After graduating, he wrote a children's book based on kids from Hillside, and it was Sideways Stories from Wayside School.

He went on to law school, finishing in 1980, and did part-time legal work while continuing to write books for children. By 1989, his books were popular enough to support him full-time.

He has a wife and daughter and dog. He never talks about a book until it's finished, even to them, but they get to be the first to read it (except the dog, I'm guessing). You can find a list of his books here.


  1. Holes is an amazing book. And probably one of the best book-to-film adaptions ever made, IMO

    1. I liked the movie. I should probably pick up the book, but my TBR pile is already so massive.