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Louis Sachar


Acclaimed children’s writer of the Sideways Tales from Wayside College book series. He’s also known for his 1998 publication, Holes, which earned both U.S. Country wide Book Award as well as the Newbery Medal. He gained a qualification in Economics through the College or university of California-Berkeley in 1976. During his undergraduate years, he college student taught at an area elementary school, an event that influenced his profession in children’s fiction. His 1992 reserve, Monkey Soup, was illustrated by musician Kitty Bowman Smith. He was created in East Meadow, NY. He and his wife, Carla Askew, became parents to a little girl named Sherre. His publication, Holes, motivated a Hollywood film starring Shia LaBeouf.

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Full Name Louis Sachar
Date Of Birth March 20, 1954
Place Of Birth Long Island, NY
Profession Children's Author
Education Antioch College, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Nationality American
Spouse Carla Jean Askew
Children Sherre Sachar
Parents Ruth Sachar, Robert Sachar
Siblings Andy Sachar
Awards John Newbery Medal, National Book Award for Young People's Literature, Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature
Nominations Edgar Award for Best Juvenile, Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Book, Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
Movies Holes
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1 Received his B.A. degree in economics from the University of California in 1976
2 Lived in San Francisco, California in the 1980s, where his daughter Sherre Madelyn Sachar was born on 19 January 1987. He and his family now reside in Texas.
3 Although Louis graduated and passed the bar exam, he opted to be a full-time writer for children rather than a lawyer.
4 After college he worked at a sweater warehouse in Connecticut



Wayside TV Series novels - 8 episodes, 2007 - 2008 books - 1 episode, 2007
Wayside School 2005 TV Movie novels
Holes 2003 novel / screenplay



Holes 2003 lyrics: "If Only" Pig Lullaby / writer: "If Only"



Holes 2003 Mr. Collingwood



Texas Monthly Talks 2006 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
The 100 Greatest Family Films 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself

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