Louis Sachar: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Louis Sachar, the famous children’s author.

  • Louis Sachar was born on 20th March 1954 in East Meadow, New York.
  • He went to Antioch College and the University of California, Berkeley.

  • After graduating in 1976, Louis began working in a sweater warehouse during the day and writing his children’s book, Sideways Stories From Wayside School, at night.
  • Louis decided to study the law, and in the 1980s he did part-time legal work as well as continuing to write books for children.
  • In 1989 he became a full-time writer.

Louis Sachar

  • He is married to Carla Askew, and they have a daughter called Sherre.
  • Louis Sachar’s best known book is called Holes. It won the 1999 Newbery Medal, and it was made into a film in 2003.
  • Small Steps, published in 2006, continues some of the story lines started in Holes.
  • He writes for about two hours every day.
  • He enjoys playing bridge (which is makes an appearance in Sachar’s book called The Cardturner), skiing and going for walks with his dog.
  • Some of his favourite authors are: E. B. White, Margaret Atwood, E.L. Doctorow and J.D. Salinger.
  • He had a dog called Watson.
  • Holes has sold more than 8 million copies.

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