Todd Strasser

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Todd Strasser has written many critically acclaimed novels for adults, teenagers, and children, including the award-winning Can’t Get There from HereGive a Boy a GunBoot CampIf I Grow UpFamous, and How I Created My Perfect Prom Date, which became the Fox feature film Drive Me Crazy. Todd lives in a suburb of New York and speaks frequently at schools. Visit him at

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Books by this Author

Price of Duty
No Place
How I Spent My Last Night On Earth
Give a Boy a Gun
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. You don't have to love reading everything, just something

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Those who keep trying

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Being unable to finish the book I'm writing

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Perseverance, authenticity, kindness

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Captain Edward John Smith "Sure looks like a big iceberg. I'd turn around if I were you."

Author Voices

December 22, 2008

Young people often ask who inspired you to become a writer, or influenced you early in your so-called career. You are always reluctant to tell them that Bob Dylan was a tremendous influence (not just on you, but on much of your generation, as well as on several generations to follow). Your reluctance stems from the feeling that the Bob Dylan young people think of today is not the same person you’re referring to.


Your memory of the 1960s is a bit hazy (as per the old nugget, “If you remember it, you weren’t there.”) But somewhere around 1967 you discovered Bob Dylan’s album, Blonde on Blonde, which had... see more


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