Speaker Peter Lerangis
Speaker Peter Lerangis

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Peter Lerangis’s 175 books have sold nearly 7 million copies and been translated into 35 languages. His nine New York Times Bestsellers include The Seven Wonders fantasy-adventure series, and the multi-author 39 Clues series. Recent novels include the Jules-Verne-inspired Max Tilt series and the time-travel Throwback trilogy. His books often appear as Junior Library Guild and Bank Street selections, and he won an American Library Association Schneider Award for the YA novel Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am. His novel Smiler’s Bones, based on the true story of a Polar Eskimo boy orphaned in NYC in 1897, was honored as a N.Y. Public Library Best Books for Teens. Peter was one of three authors, along with R. L. Stine and Marc Brown, invited by the White House to represent the U. S. in the first Russian Book Festival in 2003.

Peter has spoken at schools and festivals in 42 states and nine foreign countries, giving keynotes and workshops for the National Book Foundation, PEN, the Southampton Writers Conference, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Singapore Writers Festival, the Sharjah International Book Fair, the Texas Book Festival, the Miami Book Fair, the Tucson Book Festival, and the Highlights Foundation. He’s also performed on Broadway, run a marathon, rock-climbed in Yosemite during a 6.1 earthquake, and graduated Harvard with a degree in biochemistry. But not on the same day.


He lives in New York City with his wife, singer/songwriter Tina deVaron.

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