Jordan Sonnenblick-"Why I Write"
Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)
Jordan Sonnenblick always wanted to be a writer, so one day in 2003 he sat down and started his first young adult novel, Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie. Drums was published in 2004. Jordan was a surprised as anybody when the book took off: on publication it received several starred reviews, and was eventually named to the American Library Association’s Teens’ Top Ten List. Since then, the book has sold over 400,000 copies and been translated into twelve foreign languages. Jordan’s second novel, Notes from the Midnight Driver, was published in 2006, and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. The Italian translation of Notes won the prestigious Premio Cento prize. Jordan’s third book, Zen and the Art of Faking It, was a BookSense Pick and a Family Circle Book of the Month; his fourth, After Ever After, won the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Book Award. Mr. Sonnenblick’s fifth teen novel, Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip, was published by Scholastic in March 2012, and is a spring 2012 Junior Literary Guild selection.
Jordan has also written the Dodger and Me trilogy of Funny fantasy books for middle-grade readers, which includes Dodger and Me, Dodger for President, and Dodger for Sale, all published by Macmillan.
Mr. Sonnenblick lives in Bethlehem, PA with his supportive wife and lovable children. Plus a lot of drums and guitars in the basement. His website is the cleverly-named www.jordansonnenblick.com.