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Alan Gratz is an American award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of young adult fantasy novels.

Some of his best known works include: Ground Zero (2021), Refugee (2017), Grenade (2018), Allies (2019), Projekt 1065 (2016), among others.

Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Alan is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he holds a College Scholars degree with a specialization in creative writing, as well as a Master’s degree in English education.

A multi-award winning author, Alan is the recipient of various awards, including the Sydney Taylor Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the Cybils Middle Grade Fiction Award, a Charlotte Huck Award Honor, and many more.

He is a member of the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame, and currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with his beloved wife Wendi and his daughter Jo.

More about Alan Gratz

Genres: Fantasy / SF, Young Adult

United States


Non Series

  • Samurai Shortstop (2006)
  • The Brooklyn Nine (2009)
  • Fantasy Baseball (2011)
  • Prisoner B-3087 (2013)
  • Code of Honor (2015)
  • Projekt 1065 (2016)
  • Refugee (2017)
  • Ban This Book (2017)
  • Grenade (2018)
  • Allies (2019)
  • Ground Zero (2021)
  • Two Degrees (2022)

Horatio Wilkes Mystery

  1. Something Rotten (2007)
  2. Something Wicked (2008)

League of Seven

  1. The League of Seven (2014)
  2. The Dragon Lantern (2015)
  3. The Monster War (2016)


  1. Hero of the Five Points (2014)
  2. Resist: A Story of D-Day (2019)

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy

  1. The Assassination Game (Book Four) (2012)
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Samurai Shortstop

Tokyo, 1890. Toyo is caught up in the competitive world of boarding school, and must prove himself to make the team in a new sport called besuboru. But he grieves for his uncle, a samurai who sacrificed himself for his beliefs, at a time when most of Japan is eager to shed ancient traditions. 

It's only when his father decides to teach him the way of the samurai that Toyo grows to better understand his uncle and father. And to his surprise, the warrior training guides him to excel at baseball, a sport his father despises as yet another modern Western menace. 

Toyo searches desperately for a way to prove there is a place for his family's samurai values in modern Japan. Baseball might just be the answer, but will his father ever accept a Western game that stands for everything he despises?

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-0142410998
Publisher: Speak
The Brooklyn Nine

Baseball is in the Schneider family blood. Each member of this family, from family founder Felix Schneider in the 1800s to Snider Flint in the present day, has a strong tie to the game and to Brooklyn. Through the years this family has dodged bullets on a battlefield, pitched perfect games, and dealt with the devastating loss of family and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Nine innings--nine generations. One game--one family. Through it all, one thing remains true: the bonds of family are as strong as a love of the game.

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0142415443
Publisher: Puffin Books
Fantasy Baseball

Alex Metcalf must be dreaming. What else would explain why he's playing baseball for the Oz Cyclones, with Dorothy as his captain, in the Ever After Baseball Tournament? But Alex isn't dreaming; he's just from the real world. And winning the tournament might be his only chance to get back there, because the champions get a wish granted by the Wizard. Too bad Ever After's most notorious criminal, the Big Bad Wolf, is also after the wishes. And anyone who gets in his way gets eaten!

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0142420188
Publisher: Puffin Books
Prisoner B-3087

Survive. At any cost.

10 concentration camps. 10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly. It's something no one could imagine surviving. But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face. As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over. Everything he has, and everyone he loves, have been snatched brutally from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner -- his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087. 

He is forced from one nightmarish concentration camp to another, as World War II rages all around him. He encounters evil he could have never imagined, but also sees surprising glimpses of hope amid the horror. He just barely escapes death, only to confront it again seconds later. 

Can Yanek make it through the terror without losing his hope, his will -- and, most of all, his sense of who he really is inside? Based on an astonishing true story.

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0545688444
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Code of Honor

A timely, nonstop action-adventure about the War on Terror -- and a family torn apart.

Kamran Smith has it all. He's the star of the football team, dates the most popular girl in school, and can't wait to join the Army like his big brother, Darius. Although Kamran's family hails from Iran, Kamran has always felt 100% American. Accepted. And then everything implodes.

Darius is accused of being a terrorist. Kamran refuses to believe it, but the evidence is there -- Darius has been filmed making threats against his country, hinting at an upcoming deadly attack. Kamran's friends turn on him -- suddenly, in their eyes, he's a terrorist, too. Kamran knows it's up to him to clear his brother's name. 

In a race against time, Kamran must piece together a series of clues and codes that will lead him to Darius -- and the truth. But is it a truth Kamran is ready to face? And is he putting his own life at risk?

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0545910446
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Projekt 1065

Infiltrate. Befriend. Sabotage.

World War II is raging. Michael O'Shaunessey, originally from Ireland, now lives in Nazi Germany with his parents. Like the other boys in his school, Michael is a member of the Hitler Youth.But Michael has a secret. He and his parents are spies. Michael despises everything the Nazis stand for. But he joins in the Hitler Youth's horrific games and book burnings, playing the part so he can gain insider knowledge. 

When Michael learns about Projekt 1065, a secret Nazi war mission, things get even more complicated. He must prove his loyalty to the Hitler Youth at all costs -- even if it means risking everything he cares about. Including... his own life.

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1338254020
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world...

ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America...

MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe...

All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers -- from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1407184326
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Ban This Book

Amy Anne is shy and soft-spoken, but don’t mess with her when it comes to her favorite book in the whole world. Amy Anne and her lieutenants wage a battle for the books that will make you laugh and pump your fists as they start a secret banned books locker library, make up ridiculous reasons to ban every single book in the library to make a point, and take a stand against censorship.

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0765385581
Publisher: Starscape

It's 1945, and the world is in the grip of war. Hideki lives with his family on the island of Okinawa, near Japan. When WWII crashes onto his shores, Hideki is drafted into the Blood and Iron Student Corps to fight for the Japanese army. He is handed a grenade and a set of instructions: Don't come back until you've killed an American soldier. 

Ray, a young American Marine, has just landed on Okinawa. This is Ray's first-ever battle, and he doesn't know what to expect -- or if he'll make it out alive. He just knows that the enemy is everywhere. Hideki and Ray each fight their way across the island, surviving heart-pounding ambushes and dangerous traps. But then the two of them collide in the middle of the battle...And choices they make in that single instant will change everything.

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1407194172
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

June 6, 1944: The Nazis are terrorizing Europe, on their evil quest to conquer the world. The only way to stop them? The biggest, most top-secret operation ever, with the Allied nations coming together to storm German-occupied France.

Welcome to D-Day.

Dee, a young U.S. soldier, is on a boat racing toward the French coast. And Dee -- along with his brothers-in-arms -- is terrified. He feels the weight of World War II on his shoulders.

But Dee is not alone. Behind enemy lines in France, a girl named Samira works as a spy, trying to sabotage the German army. Meanwhile, paratrooper James leaps from his plane to join a daring midnight raid. And in the thick of battle, Henry, a medic, searches for lives to save.

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1407198798
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Ground Zero

September 11, 2001, New York City: Brandon is visiting his dad at work, on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. Out of nowhere, an airplane slams into the tower, creating a fiery nightmare of terror and confusion. And Brandon is in the middle of it all. Can he survive - and escape?

September 11, 2020, Afghanistan: Reshmina has grown up in the shadow of war, but she dreams of peace and progress. When a battle erupts in her village, Reshmina stumbles upon a wounded American soldier named Taz. Should she help Taz - and put herself and her family in mortal danger?

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0702306747
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Two Degrees

Fire. Ice. Flood.

Three climate disasters.

Four kids fighting for their lives.

Akira is riding her horse in the California woods when a wildfire sparks—and grows scarily fast. How can she make it to safety when there are flames everywhere?

Owen and his best friend, George, like spotting polar bears on the snowy Canadian tundra. But when one bear gets way too close for comfort, do the boys have any chance of surviving?

Natalie hunkers down at home as a massive hurricane barrels toward Miami. When the floodwaters crash into her house, Natalie is dragged out into the storm—with nowhere to hide.

Akira, Owen, George, and Natalie are all swept up in the devastating effects of climate change. They are also connected in ways that will shock them—and could alter their destinies forever.

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B09NFFL7D3
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Horatio Wilkes Mystery

Something Rotten

Denmark, Tennessee, stinks. The smell hits Horatio Wilkes the moment he pulls into town to visit his best friend, Hamilton Prince. And it's not just the paper plant and the polluted river that's stinking up Denmark: Hamilton's father has been poisoned and the killer is still at large. Why? Because nobody believes that Rex Prince was murdered. Nobody except Horatio and Hamilton. Now they need to find the killer, but it won't be easy. It seems like everyone in Denmark is a suspect. Motive, means, opportunity--they all have them. But who among them has committed murder most foul?

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0142412978
Publisher: Speak
Something Wicked

Horatio Wilkes has come to the Scottish Highland Festival with his childhood friend Mac for games, girls, and gallivanting. But before the Celtic festivities can get under way, Mac's grandfather and founder of the games, Duncan MacRae, is brutally murdered. All signs point to Duncan's son, Malcolm, as the killer, but Horatio has his doubts. Between Mac, his controlling girlfriend Beth, and their parents, it seems like everyone has something to hide.

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0142414965
Publisher: Speak

League of Seven

The League of Seven

In an alternate 1875 America electricity is forbidden, Native Americans and Yankees are united, and eldritch evil lurks in the shadows. Young Archie Dent knows there really are monsters in the world. His parents are members of the Septemberist Society, whose job it is to protect humanity from hideous giants called the Mangleborn. 

Trapped in underground prisons for a thousand years, the giant monsters have been all but forgotten―but now they are rising again as the steam-driven America of 1875 rediscovers electricity, the lifeblood of the Mangleborn. When his parents and the rest of the Septemberists are brainwashed by one of the evil creatures, Archie must assemble a team of seven young heroes to save the world.

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0765338259
Publisher: Starscape
The Dragon Lantern

Archie Dent is convinced that he and his friends Hachi and Fergus are the first three members of a new League of Seven: a group of heroes who come together to fight the Mangleborn whenever the monsters arise to destroy humanity. His belief is put to the test when they are forced to undertake separate missions. 

Archie and his faithful Tik-Tok servant Mr. Rivets pursue a shapeshifting girl who has stolen the Dragon Lantern, an ancient artifact with mysterious powers. And Hachi and Fergus travel to New Orleans to find Madame Blavatsky, the only person who knows the circumstances surrounding the death of Hachi's father.

In the course of their adventures the three heroes meet potential candidates to join their League. At the same time, they learn deep-rooted secrets that could destroy the League forever….

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0765338266
Publisher: Starscape
The Monster War

Having discovered the monstrous secret of his origins, Archie Dent is no longer certain that he is worthy to be a member of the League of Seven. But with new enemies to face, he realizes that he may not have the luxury of questioning his destiny.

Wielding the Dragon Lantern, the maniacal Philomena Moffett has turned her back on the Septemberist Society, creating her own Shadow League and unleashing a monster army on the American continent. Archie and his friends must race to find the last two members of their league in time to thwart Moffett's plan and rescue humanity once more.

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0765338273
Publisher: Starscape


Hero of the Five Points

"The Hero of the Five Points" is a rollicking short adventure set in 1853 in the world of the League of Seven fantasy series for middle-grade readers by acclaimed author Alan Gratz. Grab your aether pistol and your favorite stovepipe hat and join Dalton Dent as he tracks down the foul creature known as Mose.

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00MLL7144
Publisher: Tordotcom
Resist: A Story of D-Day

In Allies, Alan Gratz's thrilling novel of D-Day, we met Samira, a young girl who is part of the underground French resistance during World War II. Samira cracks codes and trades secrets in order to sabotage the Nazis' plans.

In Resist, we delve deeper into Samira's story. Here, we follow Samira as she journeys through the Nazi-occupied French countryside, on a daring rescue mission to find her captured mother. 

Accompanied only by a loyal dog named Cyrano, Samira must rely on her courage and wits to avoid and outsmart the German forces. But it's D-Day, and with the Allied forces landing in Europe, fierce battles are raging all around. Can Samira reach her mother and save her in time?

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1338621808
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy

The Assassination Game (Book Four)

When a terrorist attack rocks Starfleet Academy, it's clear someone has a very serious - and very deadly - secret agenda.

The rules are simple: Draw a target. Track him down and 'kill' him with a spork. Take your victim's target for your own. Oh, and make sure the player with your name doesn't get to you first. No safe zones. No time-outs. The game ends when only one player remains.

James T. Kirk is playing for fun. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy is playing to get closer to a girl. But when a series of terrorist attacks rock the usually placid Starfleet Academy campus, it becomes clear that somebody is playing the game for real. Is it one of the visiting Varkolak, on Earth to attend an intergalactic medical conference? Or could it be a member of a super-secret society at the Academy dedicated to taking care of threats to the Federation, no matter what rules they have to break to do it?

NB: Here is the complete list of the series by various authors:

1. The Delta Anomaly (2010) by Rick Barba

2. The Edge (2010) by Rudy Josephs

3. The Gemini Agent (2011) by Rick Barba

4. The Assassination Game (2012) by Alan Gratz

Author: Alan Gratz
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1442420588
Publisher: Simon Spotlight