Books by Alan Gratz

THE LEAGUE OF SEVEN by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Action, banter and steampunk-style tech aplenty—plus truly icky foes inspired, the author acknowledges, by the creations of H.P. Lovecraft—make this an appealingly fast-paced trilogy opener. (Fantasy/steampunk. 11-13)"
Gratz works an unusual twist into the familiar teens-saving-the-Earth-from-monsters trope: The protagonist is both archetypal hero and, at least potentially, nemesis. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2013

"A bone-chilling tale not to be ignored by the universe. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
If Anne Frank had been a boy, this is the story her male counterpart might have told. At least, the very beginning of this historical novel reads as such. Read full book review >
FANTASY BASEBALL by Alan Gratz
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"But the relatively few fine baseball moments are surrounded by what seems like stuffing right out of the Patchwork Girl, while the meaning of Alex's sojourn in Ever After is obscured by the crowd. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Baseball enthusiast Alex finds himself thrust abruptly into the midst of an otherworldly baseball series in which his team, the Cyclones, includes pitcher Dorothy Gale, Tik-Tok, Br'er Rabbit and Toad of Toad Hall. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"The fictional voice is sure and engaging, polished without being slick—an entertaining and compelling look at the deep roots of our national pastime. (author's notes) (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Nearly nine generations span the years from Alexander Cartwright's 1840s Knickerbocker Base Ball days to the present, and Gratz places a young character from a fictional family of Brooklynites in each, threading their stories together with the development of the American bat and ball game. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Although it makes for a plot stretch, the author pulls the many threads together for a satisfying remake of one of the Bard's most familiar works. (Mystery. YA)"
Horatio Wilkes returns for a second mystery set in Tennessee, and Gratz (Something Rotten, 2007) has again loosely based his plot on a Shakespearian play, this time Macbeth. Read full book review >
SOMETHING ROTTEN by Alan Gratz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"However, this well-crafted mystery has appeal for readers familiar with both Raymond Chandler's novels and Shakespeare's masterpiece. (Fiction. YA)"
Gratz is cornering the niche market of novels containing dissimilar topics. Read full book review >
SAMURAI SHORTSTOP by Alan Gratz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"The graphic opening chapter makes this for older readers, who will find it an unusual take on the American (and Japanese) pastime. (author's notes, bibliography) (Fiction. 14+)"
Commodore Perry sailed into Yokohama harbor in 1853, and only a few years later, in 1870, baseball was introduced into Japan, along with many other Western influences. Read full book review >