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Ron Koertge is the author of more than 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-Offs. Strays 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.

Ron is also a poet with over ten books to his credit. His recent books of poetry include Vampire Planet, The Ogre's Wife, Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses; and Indigo. 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. His recent book, Sex World (2014), was his first collections of flash fiction. 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. Visit Ron at ronkoertge.com.



Sadies Story (Backyard Witch) (written with Christine Heppermann)
Greenwillow Books, 2015

Coaltown Jesus
Candlewick, 2013

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses
Candlewick, 2012

Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs
Candlewick, 2012

Now Playing: Stoner & Spaz II
Candlewick, 2011

Stoner & Spaz
Candlewick, 2011

Candlewick, 2010

Candlewick, 2008

Boy Girl Boy
Graphia/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007

Margaux With an X
Candlewick, 2006

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup
Candlewick, 2006

Where the Kissing Never Stops
Candlewick, 2005

The Arizona Kid
Candlewick, 2005


Yellow Moving Van 

University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017


Red Hen Press, 2016

Vampire Planet: New & Selected Poems

Red Hen Press, 2016

Sex World (Flash Fiction)
Red Hen Press, 2014

The Ogre's Wife
Red Hen Press, 2013

Red Hen Press, 2009

Red Hen Press, 2006

Geography of the Forehead
University of Arkansas Press, 2002

Making Love to Roget's Wife
University of Arkansas Press, 2001

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