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    Ron Koertge

    Ron Koertge is the author of a dozen books, most of them novels for young adults. These include Margaux With An X, Stoner & Spaz, and The Brimstone Journals as well as Shakespeare Bats Clean-Up and the sequel Shakespeare Makes the Play-OffsStrays was awarded the Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year and chosen as a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association.

    Strays
    and Stoner & Spaz were chosen by P.E.N. as winners in their Best Books For Young Readers category. Most of Ron’s books have been American Library Association choices for Best Books and/or Books for Reluctant Readers. Several have been listed in Booklist’s Books of the Decade and the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age. In addition, his work has won a Georgia Peach Book Honor Award and a Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award. His newest book (2012) is a collection of re-visited fairy tales:  Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses.

    Ron is also a poet with ten books to his credit. He has received grants –in-poetry from the N.E.A. and the California Arts Council. His poems have been selected twice for the Best American Poetry series. He taught at the city college in Pasadena, California, for many years and in the Vermont College MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. 

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  • PUBLICATIONS

    Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses
    Candlewick

     Now Playing: Stoner and Spaz II
    Candlewick

    Stoner and Spaz
    Candlewick

    Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs
    Candlewick

    Boy Girl Boy
    Graphia/Houghton Mifflic Harcourt

    Strays
    Candlewick

    Deadville
    Candlewick

    Margaux With an X
    Candlewick

    Shakespeare Bats Cleanup
    Candlewick

    Where the Kissing Never Stops
    Candlewick

    The Arizona Kid
    Candlewick

    The Boogeyman
    W.W. Norton

    The Boy in the Moon
    Little Brown & Co.

    Mariposa Blues
    Little Brown & Co.

    Harmony Arms
    Joy Street Books

    Confess-O-Rama
    Laurel Leaf/Random House

    Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright
    Orchard Books

    Heart of the City
    Orchard Books