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Chris Grabenstein
Grabenstein at the 2016 Texas Book Festival
Grabenstein at the 2016 Texas Book Festival
Born Buffalo, NY
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Period 2005–present
Genre Children's, Mystery

Christopher Grabenstein is an American author. He published his first novel in 2005. Since then he has written novels for both adults and children, the latter often with frequent collaborator James Patterson. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1977 with a degree from the College of Communication and Information.


In 2005, Grabenstein's debut novel was the first in the adult Ceepack Mysteries series, Tilt-a-Whirl, called an "entertaining debut" by The New York Times and given a Library Journal starred review. He has subsequently written more books in this series, called a "mash-up of Jersey Shore, Big Brother, and Survivor."

Grabenstein has also written many novels for children, including the Agatha and Anthony award-winning Haunted Mysteries series and the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library. He has also co-authored a number of books with author James Patterson, for whom he previously worked when he was in advertising.

Grabenstein has won the Agatha Award for Best Children's/Young Adult Novel four times: for The Crossroads, The Hanging Hill, The Black Heart Crypt, and Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library. He has also won the Anthony Award twice, once for Best First Novel for Tilt-A-Whirl and once for Best Children's/Young Adult Novel for The Crossroads.

The John Ceepak Mysteries

  1. Tilt-a-Whirl (2005)
  2. Mad Mouse (2006)
  3. Whack A Mole (2007)
  4. Hell Hole (2008)
  5. Mind Scrambler (2009)
  6. "Ring Toss" (A Ceepak Short Story) (2010)
  7. Rolling Thunder (2010)
  8. Fun House (2012)
  9. Free Fall (2013)

Christopher Miller Holiday Thrillers

  1. Slay Ride (2006)
  2. Hell for the Holidays (2007)


  • The Boys Go Fishing (Aug 2010) in Death's Excellent Vacation
  • The Unknown Patriot (2018) in Scream and Scream Again

Books for Children

The Haunted Mysteries

  • The Crossroads (2008)
  • The Hanging Hill (2009) which is now The Demons Door (2017)
  • The Smoky Corridor (2010) which is now The Zombie Awakening (2017)
  • The Black Heart Crypt (2011)

Riley Mack

  • Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers (2012)
  • Riley Mack Stirs Up More Trouble (2013)


  • The Explorer's Gate (2012)
  • Don't Call Me Christina Kringle (2013)
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (2013)
  • The Island of Dr. Libris (2015)
  • Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics (2016)
  • Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race (2017)
  • Welcome to Wonderland: Home Sweet Motel (2016)
  • Welcome to Wonderland: Beach Party Surf Monkey (2017)
  • Welcome to Wonderland: Sandapalooza Shake-Up (2018) with James Patterson
  • I Funny (2012)
  • I Even Funnier (2013)
  • I Totally Funniest (2015)
  • I Funny TV (2016)
  • I Funny School of Laughs (2017)
  • Daniel X: Armageddon (2012)
  • Daniel X: Lights Out (2015)
  • Treasure Hunters (2013)
  • Treasure Hunters: Danger Down the Nile (2014)
  • Treasure Hunters: Secret of the Forbidden City (2015)
  • Treasure Hunters: Peril at the Top of the World (2016)
  • House of Robots (2014)
  • House Of Robots: Robots Go Wild (2015)
  • House Of Robots: Robot Revolution (2017)
  • Jacky Ha-Ha (2016)
  • Word of Mouse (2016)
  • Laugh Out Loud (2017)
  • Pottymouth and Stoopid (2017)
  • Jacky Ha Ha: My Life Is A Joke (2017)
  • Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment (2018) with James Patterson
  • Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game (2019)
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