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Todd Strasser
Strasser in Langenau, Germany,in March 2006
Strasser in Langenau, Germany,
in March 2006
Born May 5, 1950 (1950-05-05) (age 70)
New York City, New York, United States
Pen name Morton Rhue; T. S. Rue
Occupation Writer, journalist
Language English
Nationality American
Education College
Alma mater Beloit College
Period 1979–present (as writer)
Genre Children's and young adult fiction, novelizations, romans
Subject Literature
Notable works Fallout, The Wave, Price of Duty, Give A Boy A Gun

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Todd Strasser (born May 5, 1950) is an American writer of more than 140 young-adult and middle grade novels and many short stories and works of non-fiction, some written under the pen names Morton Rhue and T.S. Rue.

Biography

Strasser was born in New York City. He studied literature and creative writing at New York University and Beloit College. He earned his living as a reporter for the Middletown Times Herald-Record newspaper, and as a copywriter for Compton Advertising in New York City. His first novel was Angel Dust Blues (1978). He is the father of two children, and an avid tennis player and surfer. In Germany, under the pen name Morton Rhue, he is the best-selling author of such novels as Die Welle, Dschihad Online, Ich knall euch ab!, Boot Camp, No Place, No Home, Ghetto Kidz, Asphalt Tribe, and a number of other titles. In 2008, The Wave (the movie version of Die Welle) starring Jürgen Vogel, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to become a box office success in many European countries. In November of 2019 Netflix released a world-wide series, We Are The Wave, inspired by Strasser's novel.

Strasser's newest novels are Price of Duty (In Germany, American Hero) and Summer of '69. Price of Duty is about how the military uses promises of heroics, teamwork, and excitement to entice young people to enlist despite the life and death risks. The book has received uniformly outstanding reviews and was named an Amazon Young Adult Book of the Month for July, 2018,as well as a 2018 New York Public Library Best Book for Teens.

Awards and honors

Fallout (2013)

2014 American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults
2014 American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
2014 National Council for the Social Studies Notable Tradebook for Young People
2014 International Reading Association Young Adults' Choice
2014 Bank Street Teacher's College Best Children's Books of the Year

No Place (2014)

2015 National Council for the Social Studies Notable Tradebook for Young People

If I Grow Up (2009)

2010 National Council for the Social Studies Notable Tradebook for Young People

Boot Camp (2007)

2008 American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
2015 American Library Association Popular Paperback for Young Adults

Can't Get There From Here (2004)

2005 American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults
2005 American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
2006 International Reading Association Young Adults' Choice
2010 American Library Association Popular Paperback for Young Adults

Give A Boy A Gun (2001)

2002 International Reading Association Young Adults' Choice
2006 American Library Association Popular Paperback for Young Adults

Wish You Were Dead (2009)

2011 American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
2011 Tayshas (Texas Library Association): Summer Reading List
2012 New York Public Library: Books for the Teen Age.
2012 Illinois: Abraham Lincoln H.S. Book Award
2012 Voice of Youth Advocates Summer Reading List
  • The Wave. New York: Dell, 1981; Laurel Leaf/Dell, 1985; Puffin Books 1988, . Novelization of the 1981 ABC television show The Wave.
  • Coming Attractions trilogy:
    • Rock ’n Roll Nights / Turn It Up! (1985) / Wildlife (1987)
  • Ferris Bueller's Incredible Day Off (1984)
  • "Young Adult Books: Stalking the Teen." Horn Book Magazine, vol. 62, no. 2 (1986, Mar.-Apr.), pp. 236–239.
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
  • The Accident. New York: Delacorte, 1988. Adapted for television in the ABC Afterschool Special Over the Limit (1990).
  • The Pagemaster, 1992.
  • The Good Son, 1993.
  • How I Created my Perfect Prom Date. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996. Originally published as Girl Gives Birth to Own Prom Date (1996) and later adapted into the film Drive Me Crazy (1999).
  • Give a Boy a Gun. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000; Simon Pulse 2002,
  • Thief of Dreams, Putnam Juvenile 2003,
  • Can't Get There from Here, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2004,
  • Slide or Die. Simon Pulse 2006, Drift X Series
  • Battle Drift
  • Sidewgayz Glory
  • Wish You Were Dead
  • Mob Princess:1 For Money and Love
  • Mob Princess:2 Secrets, Lies, and Stolen kisses
  • Mob Princess:3 Count Your Blessings
  • Is That a Dead Dog in Your Locker?
  • Night Time
  • Blood On My Hands
  • If I Grow Up
  • How I Changed My Life
  • How I Created My Perfect Prom Date
  • How I Spent My Last Night On Earth (2000)
  • Con-fidence
  • Angel Dust Blues
  • Friends Till the End
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