Collegiate to host Author Alan Gratz  

Photo by Wes StittAlan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author, will be discussing his writing and approach to developing his novels, specifically about plotting and pacing in his stories, during an author talk. Norfolk Public Library, Friends of the Norfolk Public Library and Norfolk Collegiate will be hosting Gratz at the Slover Library on Oct. 18 from 5-6:30 p.m. 

Gratz’s works include titles on ALA’s Top 10 Best Books for Young Adults among a host of other accolades.

Gratz was born and raised in Knoxville, Tenn., where he attended the University of Tennessee and earned a College Scholars degree in creative writing and a Master’s Degree in English education. Gratz’s popular school visits include talks about his books, the writing process and a questions and answers period.

In anticipation of his visit to Norfolk Collegiate, our middle school students have read a number of his works.  His middle grade novel, “The Brooklyn Nine,” was one of ALA’s Top 10 Sports Books for Youth and Top 10 Historical Novels for Youth.  His Holocaust novel, “Prisoner B-3087,” was named one of YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Readers picks for 2014. His thriller, “Code of Honor,” appeared on the YALSA2016 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list.  “Refugee” and “Ban This Book” are two of his most recent releases.