TTLG Author/Illustrator Profiles

Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar was born in East Meadow, New York, moved to Southern California when he was nine, and now lives in Austin, Texas.

Louis's first book for children, Sideways Stories from Wayside School was accepted for publication during his first week of law school. Although Louis graduated and passed the bar exam, he opted to be a full-time writer for children rather than a lawyer.

Louis met his wife, Carla, when he was a visiting author at a school in Texas. She was a counselor at the same school. They have a daughter, Sherre.

Louis likes to play chess, cards, ski, play the guitar (and sing loudly), but mostly he likes spending time with Carla and Sherre.

Louis Sachar is the author of the 1998 Newbery Award winning book Holes. He has also written There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, Dogs Don't Tell Jokes, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, and the Marvin Redpost series, among others.